About the Workshop
This workshop will examine the spiritual in art through non-objective and figurative abstraction. The focus will be on acrylic paint, but students are welcome to bring any water-based paint. Each class will begin with simple chair yoga and a short meditation. There will also be a short presentation and discussion on different artists’ use of abstraction. We will analyze the primary elements that make strong compositions, while allowing imaginations and intuitive skills to evolve. Through a series of exercises, students will be encouraged to experiment with mark making, colour, composition, and structure to develop their own personal imagery.
Please bring your own acrylic paints, matte medium, brushes, pallet knives, 9” x 12” mixed media drawing book, two small canvases, a pallet, water containers, paper towels, graphite pencils, coloured pencils, scissors, a glue stick and a pair of disposable gloves. We have some basic supplies on-site if any of these are difficult for you to access.
Much of Robert's work is a form of journal, a stream of consciousness in his daily practice of art making. Images range from abstract to more recognizable simplified subjects that relate to the world around and within.
Robert has a Bachelor of Fine Art with an Art History Minor from NSCAD University and a diploma from Conestoga College of Applied Art and Technology in Kitchener, Ontario. He teaches classes with NSCAD University's Extended Studies, has been a drawing instructor at Eastern College, and was on the faculty at McKenzie College teaching Classical Animation, Graphic Design and Drawing.