Out of Chaos Workshop:
Principles of composition for abstract art success
“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for color, and that you be a true poet. The last is essential.” ~Wassily Kandinsky
While creating abstract art is a highly intuitive process that takes practice to master, there is a “method to the madness” for many artists and the process itself is consistent. The more you know about composition, the easier painting is.
Paintings of all genres must have the fundamental components of good design—the idea of “everything for one thing” using Unity, Balance, Emphasis, Variety, Proportion, Rhythm & Movement, and Pattern.
In this workshop, we will explore how to do just that using the Principles of Composition through hands-on exercises, instructor demos, and studying strategies that artists use to create successful abstract art.
About the Guest instructor
Kristen Guest is an award-winning abstract expressionism artist and certified art instructor in San Diego, California. She studied Art Education at Middle Tennessee State University because it seemed to be the most natural path: she loved art and she loved helping others. Currently, Kristen works out of her studio at the Bernardo Winery and teaches abstract painting classes at Art on 30th, an art center located in the North Park’s vibrant arts and culture district. She is best known for using various muted desert hues and incorporating a wide variety of drawing materials in her abstract work, giving it a “fresh,” expressive, and gestural feeling.
Her work is currently on display at Ashton Gallery in San Diego, CA. Kristen’s abstracts have been selected and featured on the homepage of online galleries Saatchi, Artfinder, and Zatista as well as selected and featured in newsletters as part of various Editor/Staff Pick highlights, including "Ones to Watch 2020" on Artfinder. She has been juried into local San Diego exhibits, prestigious regional exhibits at the Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA, and national exhibits in Washington DC, San Diego, CA, and Port Angeles, WA.