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Abstract-A-Licious: exercises in abstract design

Description

If you’ve looked with secret longing at the world of Abstract Art but have no idea where to begin, this is the class for you. Lessons consist of concrete design exercises that are clear and easily understood as well as ample encouragement from an award winning teacher. You don't need to have drawing or design skills as this course has been created to inspire and teach both the timid beginner and the confident creative. Lyric's easily followed instructions lead you to create your own unique and original abstract compositions.

We will explore the concept of Abstract Art, define it for the purposes of the course, and play with exercises that will help you spill out ideas unique to you alone. These ideas are the spark that you can feed until it becomes a flame, the seed that you can choose to nourish and grow into a fully grown composition. We start small and build concept by concept, developing and refining each exercise in a process of studying the elements that come together to create a pleasing composition.

You will learn:

Five easy ways to create ideas for abstract compositions

How to apply the visual elements of Line, Texture, Shape, Value and Color to further develop your compositions into pleasing artwork

A process of playful exploration

❤️ Thanks for all of your feedback AND encouragement - such a great ‘kick in the ass’ class!" - Pam Lowe

Let me help you
Open Your Artist's Eyes!

How this course works

This course includes space for you to share your pictures and get feedback from your classmates. The more you contribute, the livelier class will be. Lyric will pop in to give feedback on each picture posted. This platform provides a safe space for a lively and sharing creative community to explore without judgement and competition.

The lessons are available for three days after your live class and include downloadable step-by-step pdfs to work from. There are short videos to show how Lyric works each exercise and to explain the gist of things.

Just like in a live classroom, you'll be able to see your fellow students work and discuss how things are going. You'll get encouragement and instruction from Lyric on all the work you post.

Supplies consist of things you already have at hand so you won't be time or money shopping for things you might not use again. The most important supply is an adventurous willingness to explore, grow, and play as you learn to see and create within the framework of abstract design. Doodles will be scribbled, eyes and minds will be opened, and fun will be had. Won't you join us?

Table of Contents

Introductions
Introduce Yourself
video
What do you hope to learn here?
video
The tools I hope to give you and my teaching philosophy
video
Lesson outline
video
How This Classroom Works
video
The best way to work through this class
video
What is Abstract Art?
Why does ABSTRACT mean to you?
video
What are the ELEMENTS of ART?
video
Exercise 1: Looking Through a Window
Finding a NEW VIEW
video
Gathering LINES
video
Adding VALUE
video
From thumbnail to STUDY
video
Exercise 2: The Borrowers
SHAPE in a composition
video
BORROWING from the masters
video
Making it YOUR OWN
video

Let me help you
Open Your Artist's Eyes!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much interaction is there from the teacher?

Lyric will comment on each posted assignment. The more you post, the more you get out of the class. Make sure to read comments on other students work as well. There is as much to learn from each other as from the course work.

How much time will the class take?

I would love it if you spent one hour each week on the exercises. You can delve much more deeply and really get into them if you'd like, repeating and refining your skill and strengthening your eye as an artist.

How long do I have access to the course?

Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for one year. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

Do I need to know how to draw?

NO! We will be using pen and paper to begin most of the exercises but Lyric will show you exactly what to do. It's easy. Promise!

Does this course require special supplies?

If you own a sketchbook, use it. If not, plain paper is great! Us whatever your favorite medium is to create your studies. Acrylic on board? Great! Cloth and thread? Wonderful! Collage paper and glue? Fabulous!

What do I need to know about using a computer?

You'll need to photograph or scan your assignments and save them as a jpeg. You can upload your pictures from your computer or devise to the online lesson.

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Because all of the content is immediately available to you, I do not offer refunds. I do want you to be happy though, so email me and we can talk. Lyric@pobox.com.