The Magnificent Seven Workshop
Elements of Design for Abstract Art success
When you look at a painting and say, ‘Oh, I love that painting,’ there are many factors that contribute to that reaction. You love it because it’s a well-structured abstract painting that features good use of color, shape, texture, size, line, space and value.
Each new mark not only represents an element of design but also influences the entire dynamic of your painting. Implementing the elements of design enable an artist to guide the viewer successfully and help him understand what’s happening within an abstract painting.
Realism artists painting an apple have an actual apple to look at to help them determine when it’s finished or how well it likens to the real thing. Abstract artists, on the other hand, have the elements of design themselves to guide their creative process: how well did I execute my color? My range of values? My quality of line? …and so on.
In this workshop, we will be exploring the Elements of Design through hands-on exercises, instructor demos, and studying strategies that artists use to create successful abstract art.
Students who want to continue on may want to explore the Out of Chaos: Principles of Composition Workshop that follows and builds upon what we learn in this workshop.
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.