Realism to Abstraction: Breaking Down and Zooming In

November 7-11, 2013

Will be taught by Kari Minnick

Price: $975.00 USD (Includes all materials and lunch each day.)

Workshop Details pdf: Realism to Abstraction: Breaking Down and Zooming In

This workshop for kiln workers will give you the tools and confidence to create abstract artwork in glass.  This class would be of interest to artists such as printmakers and painters or anyone for whom visual expression in glass is desired. Abstract artwork can touch the viewer in ways that they may not understand at first.

Starting with their own images, photos, clippings, etc., students will examine why certain imagery appeals to them, how to isolate the potency of the image, dissect, vary and ultimately move toward meaningful abstraction. Through drawings, paper cut outs and/or test pieces, students will plan a series of works and complete a project (s). Using Bullseye glass, frit, powder, and stringer, students will be introduced to processes that enable strong composition, rich surfaces and depth. Using multiple-firing processes, students will consider both sides of the glass as well as investigate surface texture. Topics to be covered may include:

Getting started: facing the blank “canvas”

Realism, abstraction and points in between

Composition and visual editing

Theme and variation

While basic kiln practices will be touched upon, the focus of the class will be on the expressive use of the materials and creating glass art based on the students signature work.  Prior glass experience is beneficial but not required. Artists of other media are encouraged to enroll.

Bring slides/cd of your work, Sketch book, Inspirational materials such as clippings, fabric swatches, writings, etc.


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