Tues. 10am - 1pm
A painting, at its core, is the creative act of the individual. All other concerns, whether it be technique or talent, are secondary to your own voice and commitment to your individual vision. Through discussion, demo’s and practical application, we will focus on making abstract paintings by lessening the separation between who you are and what you create by stressing the importance of the individual in producing unique singularities.
We will also dive into creating a timeline and history for your work and how that history draws a straight line to collectors and galleries. Bring your art supplies and your individual spirit and let's get together for a fun and informational month of abstract painting and group discussions.
Class Bullet Points:
Stressing the Individual in Creating Personal Works
Setting up structure and composition
Using painting medium
Creating harmonious/dissonant relationships in composition
Editing and eliminating superfluous parts of early composition
Glazing and scrubbing
Bringinging out underpaint
Identifying and exploiting the 'crucial' and 'expendable' parts of a painting
Creating and Using Chaos
Finishing a painting in an interesting way
Challenging 'contentment' in a finished painting
Creating timelines and promoting your work to galleries and collectors
What You'll Learn
How to set up and structure a composition
How to create harmonious/dissonant relationships in composition
Learn glazing and scrubbing
Learn identifying and exploiting the 'crucial' and 'expendable' parts of a painting
Learn how to incorporate charcoal
Learn how to promote your work to galleries and collectors
“For nearly twenty years, Robert Szot has been a constant in the fluctuating Brooklyn art scene. The artist, who arrived in New York from Texas as a twenty-five year old and has since felt the pressures of New York’s stage, embodies honesty in his work. Szot does not shy away from beauty or painterly skill, instead pushing lyrical abstraction forward while rejecting the ever-present pull of zombie formalism. His work is hard to pin down, evincing canonical references in his formal techniques and relationship with beauty and music that seem connected with the abstraction of Synchromist artists such as Stanton Macdonald-Wright or Morgan Russell, a movement that predated Abstract Expressionism by 30 years. These references, though, are mediated by the history of color field painting, at times reaching washy paint handling and breaks between colors reminiscent of Helen Frankenthaler. Regardless, the clearest position in Szot’s work is a deadly sentimentality, the kind of pride in the American painting lineage that leaves Szot’s work poetic, vibrant, emotional, and unapologetically divorced from the often-cold embrace of contemporary painting paradigms.”
- Paul Weiner, Critique Collective
Robert Szot (b. 1976) has exhibited his work in many galleries across the United States from New York to Los Angeles and Texas. Szot’s paintings have been exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery in London and, in 2014, the artist was invited to participate in the Whitney Museum Art Party. His work is in public collections, including Credit Suisse, and numerous private collections, such as Beth DeWoody and the Bass Family.
Special Music: Individual Vision in Abstract Painting
What a wonderful experience coming to the Kline academy each week from Dallas Texas! My art supplies were directly shipped and Cheryl, along with her amazing staff, couldn’t have been more gracious and attentive! They made my weekly commute enjoyable and even more valuable to work with our talented instructor Mr. Rob Szot.
I was able to expand my mind “Szotting” as I like to say and learning new techniques of layered goodness!
I really enjoyed my time with the class and the wonderful staff at Kline! Its safe to say, the in-person learning environment made it so special and I can’t wait to take more courses as I spread my wings in the world of art!!!
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