Exploring Abstract Realism
Saturdays 10:00AM - 12:30PM
Fall Session: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 2018
$150 Per Session
In this class we will change the real appearance of forms found in nature to simpler forms that are composed of SHAPES, LINES, COLORS and VALUES.
You will use a combination of:
• FAUVIST Colors (wild unnatural colors)
• EXPRESSIONISTIC Designs (distortion and/or exaggeration)
• CUBISM Theories (showing different angles of one item in one composition)
Acrylic paint will be your medium.
About the Instructor
Don grew up in Lee, a small town in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Living within five miles of the famous American painter, Norman Rockwell, he would occasionally ride his bike to his studio and watch him paint from a distance. Rockwell’s realistic paintings of everyday life inspired Don to do his own artwork of places and things that were important to him. At the age of ten, he helped design his grandmother's tombstone, and from then on he knew that art was going to be a major part of his life.
Don graduated from Westfield State College in Westfield, Massachusetts, where he majored in Physical Education with a minor in Art Education. After graduation he came to Texas, where he received his Master’s Degree in PE/Kinesiology at Stephen F. Austin State University. His first teaching position was at Sherman High School in Sherman, Texas, where he taught PE and Art. Five years later he moved to Irving, Texas, where he continued teaching art at Irving High School. During that time, he went back to school at the University of North Texas to complete his Texas Art Education Certification. A few years later, he transferred to J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas, where he taught a variety of art classes for the next 32 years, retiring in 2017 after 39 years in the profession.
He enjoys teaching introductory art classes in which students learn the basic skills of art and design. Seeing their talent and confidence grow is the most satisfying and rewarding part of his profession.
He now works in his backyard studio on a weekly basis, creating “intuitive” abstract paintings using a variety of techniques and applications of paint and three-dimensional materials. He loves experimenting with paint and textures to see where the process takes him. He believes there is never a mistake, only a learning experience.
He also continues teaching adult art classes at a local gallery – The Artists Showplace in Dallas, Texas. This allows him to continue educating new artists and seeing what great art comes out of them.
Pencil and eraser
9" x 11" sketchbook
Paint Palette (a cheap cookie sheet works well. I will supply palette paper)
16" x 20" stretched canvas
Acrylic paint brushes, various sizes No. 2, 4, 8 and 12
(These brushes must be for acrylic paint, not watercolor paint)
Tubes of BASICS Acrylic paint. HEAVY BODY will also work but more expensive.
Beginners Paint Set
Cadmium Orange Hue
Cadmium Red Medium Hue
Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
Cobalt Blue Hue
Pthalo Green (blue shade)
Pthalo Blue (green shade)
Yellow Light Hansa
Hooker’s Green Hue Permanent
Cerulean Blue Hue
Alizarin Crimson Hue Permanent
Cadmium Orange Hue