Special Music: Individual Vision in Abstract Painting

With instructor

Robert Szot

Abstract Painting

Course fee ranges from:

(based on selection)

$375 for 5 weeks

Tues. 10am - 1pm

Course Description

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:

Class One:

Stressing the Individual in Creating Personal Works

Setting up structure and composition

Using painting medium

Class two:

Creating harmonious/dissonant relationships in composition


Editing and eliminating superfluous parts of early composition

Class three:

Glazing and scrubbing

Bringinging out underpaint


Class Four:

Identifying and exploiting the 'crucial' and 'expendable' parts of a painting

Creating and Using Chaos

Incorporating charcoal


Class Five:

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 and composition

How to create harmonious/dissonant relationships in composition

Learn glazing and scrubbing

Underpainting

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

5 week course
$375.00 USD

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Kline Academy Instructor Robert Szot

About

Robert Szot

“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.

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