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Course Description

Investigate the interconnection of drawing and painting through the study of abstraction. Artist Katherine Miller shows students how to develop their own artistic identity by using visual and intuitive language of mark-making. At the start of each class, students will be guided through a series of mark-making exercises using graphite, charcoal, and pastels, designed to inspire exploration between what is seen and felt beyond a representational image. Katherine will then demonstrate how these drawing techniques can be incorporated into an acrylic painting, and as she shares her process for finding transparencies through applying, wiping away, and layering paint. Additional focus will be placed on composing an active picture plane using line, form, and pattern to create spatial relationships with energetic movement. These methods of thinking, seeing, and moving will guide group discussion and critiques, as you learn fun and effective ways to approach the challenges of working abstractly. Whether you are an abstract or representational
painter, these actionable techniques can raise your level of impactful expression. All levels welcome

Cancellation Policy

Thank you for signing up for a class. Once your class is paid for, we cannot offer a refund or credit, unless we cancel class due to low registration. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us BEFORE completing your payment.



Your choice of drawing tools:
Charcoal, pencils, graphite, ink and ink pen, soft pastels
Your choice of acrylic paint colors
Acrylic white and black, large tubes
Acrylic Get Medium
Painters tape
22"x30" paper - rolls or pads
scissors/exacto knif
assortment of brushes, including a variety of hardware cheap brushes
large container for water

The Language of Abstraction

Katherine Downey Miller

Katherine Downey Miller received her BS in Studio and Art History from Skidmore College, and later earned her MFA in Illustration from New York City’s School of Visual Arts. She began her teaching career as a painting and drawing assistant at Anderson Arts Center in Colorado, before moving to Florence, Italy, on a teaching scholarship at the Studio Arts College. Currently, Katherine lives in Cambridge, MA, where she works as an abstract painter in her studio located in Boston’s Art and Design District. She teaches Landscape and Abstraction at Newtownville’s New Art Center, the Weston Art and Innovation Center, and Concord Art. She is represented on Nantucket by Robert Foster Fine Art.
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