Art Class: Composition Art Series - Beginner to Advanced

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For novice beginner (no experience in drawing) to advanced students looking to achieve more significant work.

Artist M. Douglas Walton will be instructing a Composition Art Series of 3 Classes:

Time: All classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Session 1: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Session 2: Monday, December 9, 2019
Session 3: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Class Size:
Minimum Class: 5
Maximum Class: 15

Description: If you have always yearned to try your hand at drawing but were too afraid, or you have wanted to strengthen your techniques, or you wanted to incorporate another viewpoint, this is the class for you. In this three (3) class series, Doug Walton will teach you the skills he has learned over the years that have been key to achieving maturity in his work. Learning composition will increase your chances of a successful painting to 90%.

Composition is the arrangement of the visual elements in a painting or other artwork. It is how the elements of art and design - line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space - are organized or composed according to the principles of art and design - balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, unity/variety - and other elements of composition, to give the painting structure and convey the intent of the artist.

Composition is different from the subject matter of a painting. Every painting, whether abstract or representational, regardless of subject matter, has a composition. Good composition is essential to the success of a painting. Done successfully, good composition draws the viewer in and then moves the viewer's eye across the whole painting so that everything is taken in, finally settling on the main subject of the painting.

Doug's mentor, Edgar Whitney, always said, "what matters most is your DRAFTMANSHIP skills - your ability to draw, the act of drawing. This task of composing enhances your ability to see and tell the story of your personal expression. We must be willing to leave the pictorial world of things and embrace the concept that art is the relationship of one shape to another shape. A good composition is the combination of logical (content) and arbitrary shapes (energy - the life force)."

In this class you will explore how to effectively combine the logical with the arbitrary to achieve UNITY of your individuality. You will explore compositions from semi-real to non-objective. In order to make the most of our learning experience, there will be a series of homework assignments that will be required to finish before the next class. Supplies are minimal, see below.

"The ability to compose is vital to one’s growth“. - M Douglas Walton

Testimonial: "It was wonderful. It is the basics of creating a composition. I wish I had done it before I took a painting class. So much insight on the basic elements of design. I recommend it." Kay Sutton

Cost: $150/3 classes. Teaching will be based on progressive teaching. Each student is encouraged to attend all three classes. Lunch will be provided Deadline for Registration: Monday, December 3, 2019

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Ruston Artisans Gallery & Venue
203 W Alabama Ave.
Ruston, LA 71270 

1. 3-4 Ultra Fine Sharpies
2. 300 sheets 8 ½ x 11 paper 32# Hammermill/Premium Laser Gloss, available at Office Depot. Note: Students could share a package.
3. 2-3 paper clips to secure paper to drawing board
4. Bag or container to hold your paper and supplies.
*A 9x12 corrugated plastic drawing board will be furnished for you at the class.

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