Creativity and Composition

Creativity and Composition

Schedule for Winter – Spring – Fall 2019
Schedule for Summer 2019

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Girl at the Mirror by Norman Rockwell
"No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to pull all his talent and feeling into them!"
-Norman Rockwell, 1894-1978

Let's face it; you probably became an artist because you have visual ideas bursting inside you. And if you've taken some of our other classes, you've developed the skills to realize your dreams. Why wait to share them with the world?

At this point, what you really need most is a nurturing mentor with a track record of realized images, who creates a safe, judgment-free workspace where you can loosen up, have fun and play. Come to our Creativity and Composition class and experience a positive, relaxed environment that will help you bring your most precious and inspired thoughts to artistic fruition.

Explore your creativity by developing an imaginative picture based upon an existing story that you select, or an idea that you originate. Work at your own pace to learn the time-honored steps of the creative, visual process – from idea generation, through preparatory work, to completed project. Emphasis will be placed on storytelling through composition and character development, as well as how color theory enhances visual communication. Students choose to work in the medium with which they are comfortable. We have experience to support pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor, egg tempura, and oils.

Arthur Wesley Dow
These collections of designs, woodblock prints and oil paintings were created by the legendary Arthur Wesley Dow for his book, Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the use of Students and Teachers.

Dow was professor of Fine Arts in the Teachers' College at Columbia University, and an instructor at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students' League in New York. This is just one of the many books to which we refer to enrich our students' understanding of design.

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