Module 6 - Fantasy and Abstract Art
Drawing and Painting Fantasy and Abstract Art
Drawing and painting from imagination seems to be the holy grail for many people when it comes to art making in general. It is very difficult though to create anything truly astounding from the imagination when someone lacks art making skills, especially drawing skills. Throughout the year we have focused a lot of building skills. For the last module, we are going to shift our focus to creating more imaginary and abstract art types, methods and subject matters as they relate to the art making process.
What we cover in Fantasy and Abstract Art
With respect to this module, our course and classes are geared towards Fine Art and not comic, character, anime or cartoon based, so we go into creating from a deeper place, creating authentically and with a Fine Art approach, rather than just doodling what everyone else is already doing as far as popular fads or illustration techniques are concerned. All the best artists in any type of art related industry, even in animation or 3D graphics type art, are usually well studied in traditional Fine Art which enables them to create on a much higher and more sophisticated level than just doodling badly drawn cartoons or generic, overused characters.
When we engage the imagination in art, we draw from our experiences, emotions and day dreams to communicate things in art that goes beyond what is physical. We start dealing more with aspects of art making like metaphysical constructs, mythology, symbolism, abstract ideas and less concrete elements and themes. This leads to truly inspired abstract art.
We have wonderful examples of Abstract Artists throughout Art History. Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Jackson Pollock, George Braque, Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon, Marcel Duchamp and the artist who is considered the very father of modern abstract art of course: Vassily Kandinsky. Contemporary abstract art is often displayed in art galleries and museums like the SFMOMA, Tate, Louvre, Smithsonian or the Guggenheim. Contemporary Abstract artists, much like their modernist counterparts from the previous century, often work in a variety of mediums: from found objects to creating art with string, paper, clay, fabric and much, much more.
The value of learning to create abstract art specifically is in that it is actually challenging when approached with sincerity. It goes way beyond just throwing paint on a canvas. You need to understand balance, composition, line, shape, color, perspective and contrast to be able to create dynamic abstract art. Most artists struggle with creating truly wow-factor abstract art if they have no classical training, as a result.
Fantasy art can be more representational and figurative – it often does relate to illustration in the sense that it tells a story, creates a narrative and draws the viewer into another world which is purely fictional. Gustav Klimt is a modern master who often indulged in fantasy art and even expressed illustrative art in print making and drawing. His art was dream-like and mystical, filled with patterns and movement enveloping figures into a very dreamy type of environment.
Both Fantasy and Abstract art are hard to fully define because they lines are often blurred between these styles of art making and more realistic or representational styles. From Color Field Painting to Abstract Expressionism to Automatism to illustrative or stylistic qualities, Fine Art gives us so much to work with, constantly crossing over into other art industries, even the technology based art industries of today.
Fantasy themes may include dragons, mythological creatures, animal-like portraits or even abstract environmental art, depending on what the projects each entail for individual students and classes.
Join us on this journey of Fantasy and Abstract Art
Closes April 10, 2018
Please note that Modules are not offered concurrently, but offered on a sequential basis.
Consequently, registration will not be available unless there is an upcoming class. Refer to our Timetable for details of class and modules dates.
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