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2022 BRAA Workshops
COMING October 5-8, 2022!
PRINCIPLES of ABSTRACTION
with artist, author, instructor and creative coach Larry Moore
Larry has been a professional visual communicator for the past 45 years. He is experienced in mural and apparel art, graphic design, advertising, illustration and fine art. Larry has instructed college classes and a variety of workshops since 1990 and has been featured in numerous art publications. “Fishing for Elephants,” is his most recent successful book on creativity for artists.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 5 - Saturday, October 8
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM with break for lunch
WHERE: Christiansburg Presbyterian Church
107 W Main Street
Christiansburg, VA 24073
COST: $475 BRAA Members
(An option is available to pay in two installments.)
“Prior to taking this class, I was “stuck”. And unfortunately, being stuck is an ambiguous problem. The exercises in this class (and the book) gave me a framework to build on rather than a vast open space of possibilities. I also appreciated the concept of focusing on the process rather than the product. That was all I truly needed to get moving forward again.”
“This class has been a joy, unlike any I have ever taken. Larry is a serious painter, multilayered, with a light touch. All of which I am most grateful for. My boundaries have been pushed, that is only a good thing. I am enjoying my abstract painting as it is taking on a life of its own. What a gift this is!”
This 4-day class, taught by artist/author Larry Moore, will push you into new territory where growth lives. With a focus on the principles of design and abstraction, you will be shown a system for developing your voice as an artist. The emphasis is on the creative process, exploring new ways to develop a painting, create inventive compositions, and build authentic intent in your work. Larry’s intent is to help each artist find a way that works for them, whether they wish to interpret more, push their process or go fully abstract. He’s worked extensively in almost every medium, so all are welcome. The class is as much a challenge for the advanced artist as it is for the beginner, no specific skill set is required since exploration is the goal. However, some understanding of color and paint handling will be helpful. Not for rank beginners.
This is an open medium class but gouache, oil and acrylic are best suited. I will be working in gouache on watercolor paper for the majority of the class. We’ll be creating a lot of small studies and explorations. However, gouache is, in Larry’s opinion, the most versatile medium of all. Students have the option of working on a larger piece on the last day in the medium of their choice. But, to keep it simple and focused, it’s the recommendation of the instructor to use one medium all 4 days.
Bring a sense of humor and an open mind.
Many of the exercises in this class are found in Larry’s book on creativity, “Fishing for elephants. Insights and exercises to inspire authentic creativity”. It’s not a requirement, but a cursory read of the workbook will give you a leg up on this class… and life. Available through Amazon.com
"This class has been amazing!!! Your brilliant teaching and insight have finally unleashed what I’ve been trying to release. About 10 years ago I returned to visual arts, painting. Not until now, have I started to see a way to express movement and choreography in my painting. I am so excited for this new adventure. Can’t thank you enough for guiding me into this. I’m beginning to feel the movement of the dancer in me come to life on the canvas."
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REGISTRATION CLOSES: September 1, 2022. Class limited to 16 people. Minimum of 10.
Registration fees are refundable (minus $50.00) if you cancel before or find a replacement by September 1, 2022. Cancellation after September 1 is non-refundable.