Abstract expressionism is a form of art that demands us to connect with our creativity, to be present at the moment, and to create with feeling. You will go on a journey of self-discovery through this class, as we cover composition, mark-making, color, and texture, creating collections, and experiment with mixed media such as gesso, acrylic paint, ink, charcoal, and pastels. By the end of this class, you will have a collection of 3 final abstract artworks that you can sell or hang in your own home, alongside many experimental artworks.
Class 1: Introductions, defining abstract art, color theory, begin Project 1
Class 2: Overview of different mark-making techniques, continue Project 1
Class 3: Brief history of abstract art, introduce Project 2 (geometric abstraction)
Class 4: Review basic watercolor and ink techniques, continue Project 2 (geometric abstraction)
Class 5: Overview mixed media techniques, introduce Project 3
Class 6: Finish Project 3, photograph collection of paintings
Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.
Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.
On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.
Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:
Nia Alexander Campbell is an artist and writer from Richmond, Virginia. She received a BFA in Painting & Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in Art History (emphasizing in Black art and cinema) and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Design from VCUarts Qatar.
Nia's creative practice explores the ways collage, writing, and traditional & digital painting mediums can be used to tell stories through design. She believes that storytelling in any medium can function as an excellent way to combat ignorance, give a voice to the otherwise unheard, and bridge the divides we see in our world today. Her subject matter explores themes of the history, mental health, and the experiences of underrepresented groups of people. She often draws inspiration from her experiences as an African American woman raised in the U.S. and her numerous experiences abroad.