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Symbolism: From the Surreal to the Abstract

Symbolism: From the Surreal to the Abstract

Eight Thursdays, February 9 - March 30; 2-5pm

Instructor: Lauren Volk


Since the beginning of history, human beings have used visual images to signify concepts, beliefs, and ideas. In this course on the history of symbolism in art, students will explore the universality of visual vocabularies and how artists have used images of the earth (stone,) animals, and geometric forms (the circle) in some of their most powerful pieces.

In this 8-week course for adults, students will create four interpretive surrealist paintings:

1. A symbolic rock painting (like Magritte’s floating stones)

2. A symbolic animal painting (like Kahlo’s self-portraitswith parrots and monkeys)

3. A painting using circles and orbs as symbols (like Dali’s clocks)

4. An abstract painting using abstract symbols (like that of Kandinsky and Miro)

This course will give students a solid foundation in acrylic painting. This will include lessons on color mixing, color theory, various types of brushstrokes, spatial relations, and the use of rhythm and form.

Lauren received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. She has taught at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; Palo Alto Art Center; and Vita Art Center, Ventura.

Fee:  Members $250; Non-members $285

Where: Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, 781 Hamilton Parkway, Novato (building behind Beso Café)

Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Medium
Alizarin Crimson
Viridian Green
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
Yellow Oxide
Dioxazine Purple
Titanium White
Ivory or Mars Black
A set of flat and round brushes for acrylics
A 1” and 2” flat brush
HB,2B 4B & 6B
4 Canvases for 4 painting assignments (will discuss the sizes after first class)
Small bottle of Gesso
A sketchbook for notes, ideas, and thumbnail sketches
Palette knife #4 or# 5
Sta-Wet Palette (keeps paint fresh)
Paint rag or paper towels
Container for water
A small spray bottle
Concerning the Spiritual in Art (book) by Wassily Kandinsky




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