Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting (Ages 16+)

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DateJanuary 13, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Time09:30 am - 04:30 pm

Reoccurs 3 Day Workshop
1/13/17 - 1/15/17

Member's Price $350

Non-Member's Price $435



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Event details

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? If the answer to any of these questions is, “yes,” then David’s Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting workshop is for you! David will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges, and center of interest.

This workshop is not only about painting abstract compositions, but also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply the lessons learned to their own style of painting in their studios.

This workshop is non media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, pastel and oil are welcome. Each meeting will include instructor discussion, an instructor painting demonstration, student painting time, and critiques of student work. While it is helpful if students have a basic knowledge of painting and composition development, it is not required.

Supply List

The following is only a suggested materials list. Do not feel obligated to purchase all of the paint and brushes on this list! You WILL need all of the painting surfaces listed.

· Paint: Any professional grade acrylic, oil, or watercolor paint. David uses paint in 16 oz. jars from Golden, Utrecht, and Nova Color. Please note that student grade paints will not have the intensity of color or mix as well.

o Warm Yellow (ex: Hansa Yellow Deep or Cadmium Yellow Deep or Indian Yellow)

o Cool Yellow (ex: Hansa Yellow Light or Cadmium Yellow Light)

o Warm Red (ex: Cadmium Red Medium)

o Warm Blue (Ultramarine Blue)

o Medium Value Green (ex: Phthalo Green or Viridian or Sap Green)

o Medium Value Violet (ex: Permanent Violet or Cobalt Violet or Ultramarine Violet)

o Orange (ex: Pyrolle Orange, Cadmium Orange)

o White (Titanium or Zinc)

o Black (mars or Ivory)

· Brushes for Oil or Acrylic Painters: The brushes you typically use, with a selection of 1” and 1-1/2” sizes. You will need at least a couple of 2” and 3” brushes. Brushes can be either nylon or natural bristle. David uses the following: (Note: David will have a limited amount of brush sets available for sale at the workshop – the sets include 2”, 2-1/2”, and 3” Creative Mark Primer Brushes.

o Mega Gesso Brush from Dick Blick

o Creative Mark Primer Brush from Jerry’s Artarama (natural bristle)

· Brushes for Watercolor Painters: Any 2’ nylon flat watercolor wash brush will work, plus the brushes you typically use.

· Large water/spirits containers

· Water spray bottle – large

· A palette. David uses a roll of wax paper and some tape

· Paper towels

· Materials for note taking, or a sketch book

· Palette knife – medium to large size (not required for watercolor painters)

· Artist Tape or masking tape – DO NOT bring glue tape – only white or cream color

· Painting Surfaces for Acrylic and Oil Painters: For painting surfaces you can utilize canvases, gessoed 300 lb watercolor paper, canvas panels, and/or wood panels. You will need (4) surfaces for day one; (2) surfaces per day after that: 18×24 minimum – 30×40 maximum. If utilizing watercolor paper you will need a substrate support board and slips or tape. Regardless of surface, each should be coated with gesso. Pre-stretched canvases already come coated with gesso.

o In addition you will need 15 – 18 small painting surfaces which could be matboard, wood, canvas cloth, etc.. Minimum size would be 6×8 and maximum would be 12×12. David recommends: (3) 22×30 sheet 300 lb. watercolor paper with a coat of gesso applied to each (Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper). You can cut the sheets into 10×10 squares (or use tape applied to the surface to create 10×10’s) – (6) 10×10’s per sheet – you should have a18 total. Buy the watercolor paper from Jerry’s Artarama because they have the best price.

· Painting Surfaces for Watercolor Painters: (4) 22×30 full sheets of watercolor paper (140 or 300 lb.) for day one; (2) per day after that.

o In addition you will need (3) 22/30 full sheets cut into 10×10 squares – you will get (6) 10×10’s per sheet – you should have 18 total. You may also need a support board and clips or tape.


David M. Kessler