EXPLORING ABSTRACTION

Don Longo

Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Session 1: 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10

Session 2: 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14

$120 PER SESSION

Workshop Description

This is a beginning class for those who are interested in exploring how to create an abstract painting.  We will use a variety of medium (acrylic paint, molding paste, string, tissue paper, newsprint, and pattern templates) to arrive at our final composition.  Individuality is a key component of this class as you will explore different ways to express yourself in an abstract painting.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Don Longo was born in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, within 5 miles of the Norman Rockwell studio. As often as possible, he would ride his bike to the studio and watch Rockwell paint. The realistic images of every day life inspired him to pursue his own artwork. At the age of ten, Don designed his grandmother's tombstone, and he knew then that art was going to be a major part of his life.

Don studied physical education and art in college, and he later pursued a Masters degree in physical education while still studying art.  He has coached physical education and taught art at Sherman high school, Irving high school and, during this time, received certification in Art Education from the University of North Texas.

Don has since taught art Tom all levels. He finds teaching introductory level art most rewarding, where students learn all the basics and he can see their talent and confidence grow.

SUPPLY LIST - Session 1

One 16” x 20” Canvas or Canvas Board. You can also substitute a 12” x 16” canvas board for smaller paintings if desired.
9” x 12” Sketchbook
Pencil and Eraser
Paint Palette.  A larger palette is preferable over a small round palette. 
Synthetic Paint brushes for Acrylic Paint, Sizes 2, 6, 8 and 12.  They can be either round or flat.
*Acrylic Paint will be provided to the student. Although if you have your own acrylic paint set, please bring it to the class.

SUPPLY LIST - Session 2

Two 16” x 20” Canvas or Canvas Board. You can also substitute 12” x 16” canvas boards for smaller paintings.
9” x 12” Sketchbook
Acrylic Paint-some acrylic paint will be provided by instructor but best to have your own set of colors of choice.
Synthetic paint brushes; variety of sizes from 2, 6, 8, and 12.
Paint Palette
*EXTRA if desired:
Molding paste or Texture paste 8 oz. jar
Crackle paste 8 oz. jar
Textural materials: cloth, string, yarn, wall paper samples, tissue paper, newsprint, stencils.
Matte medium