AT142 - The Nature of Abstraction in Mixed Media Class

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AT142 - The Nature of Abstraction in Mixed Media Class

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Nature lovers and artists alike are invited to examine the natural world through the lens of abstraction. Students will choose a subject perhaps animals, trees or flowers for their project with careful thought to how and where the subject exists within the world. While learning the techniques of acrylic paint and collage you will meld the real and the abstract while focusing on color, pattern, composition, and content to create a piece of art that captures the personality and behavior of your subject. Throughout this course, students will collect relevant materials to visually enhance their project. Various mediums and techniques will be explored through a layering of paint and paper to create a final representation of your concept.  Realism and abstraction within nature will be personally expressed by your own interpretation and creativity.

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Sara Ladds is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and spent many years as an award-winning art director at various academic institutions including Brown University. In 2012 she moved to Little Compton where she left the academic world to become a full-time painter. Her paintings have won awards at both the Little Compton Annual Art Show and first place at the 2018 juried South Coast Artists competition. Sara is a member of the South Coast Artist organization and past juror for RISCA design grant applications. She has shown at many group exhibitions including the DeBlois gallery in Newport and at RISD. She currently exhibits her work at the Art Cafe in Little Compton and at Sara Ladds Studio & Gallery. Sara has taught at the Community College of Rhode Island and has offered classes in her studio in Little Compton, RI.

  • 5 Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • March 30, April 6, 13, 20 and 27

    Materials List:

  • Spiral Bound Sketchbook                                  

  • Primed flat board or panel - smooth finish

  • Acrylic paint set - minimum 10 colors           

  • Small container of gesso

  • Small container of matte medium                  

  • Plastic paint palette

  • Brush set of various widths              

  • Roll of transfer paper (optional)     

  • Container for water

  • Students may purchase their own optional materials, such as ink pens, color pencils.

  • Collection of chosen materials to be used for collage - paper, fabric, photos, digital printouts, used books, wrapping paper, sticks, leaves, flowers, etc. To be collected after first session.