Does changing Realism into Abstraction really work? This is a workshop for artists who want to push past their limits and find a new approach to your paintings or drawings. While working from photos, students will be guided through different approaches to creativity based on the principles and elements of design, colour, and using a variety of tools. Students will develop a new form of visual expression. No Drawing experience is required.
This workshop is not currently scheduled. Please check back for future dates.
What Students will Learn
- The golden rule and the twelve design concepts
- How to create focus and mood
- How to negative space of an image can create an abstract
- How to abstract positive space of a landscape
- How to abstract a figure
About the Instructor
Stephanie Schirm began her career as a fashion designer, studying in Europe. While designing in the Toronto fashion district, she also created a number of fashion illustrations for catalogues, storyboards, and advertisements for current Canadian Designers.
She eventually left the fashion industry to become a graduate of OCAD in Communication and Design. Only then to enter the Liturgical world of Design, where she established Labyrinth Studios Inc, designing and manufacturing religious garments and sanctuary décor for Churches across Canada and the US.
Her passion for drawing, painting and designing lead her to sharing her knowledge, over 10 years ago with the Continuing Education in Guelph and as Fashion Illustration instructor for Mohawk College in Hamilton. Since then she has taught in a number of different establishments thorough out the GTA area.
Students are asked to purchase:
- One 400lbs Watercolour paper (Curry's or Deserres)
- Two (9"x12") canvas board (from dollar store)
- Two Arches drawing sheet
- Drawing Tools: Conte - Soft, Pencil - B
- Acrylics: Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red Medium, Black, Cobalt Blue, Acrylic Medium
- Brushes: Bristle or Synthetic brushes: #4 filbert, #8 flat, #8 filbert, #10 flat, #12 flat, Large 1.5
- Assorted papers (small)
- Disposable Palettes
- Watercolour alettes