February 14 - April 10, 2020
If you’ve looked with secret longing at the world of Abstract Art but have no idea where to begin, this is the class for you. Lessons consist of concrete design exercises that are clear and easily understood as well as ample encouragement from an award winning teacher. You don't need to have drawing or design skills as this course has been created to inspire and teach both the timid beginner and the confident creative. Lyric's easily followed instructions lead you to create your own unique and original abstract compositions.
We will explore the concept of Abstract Art, define it for the purposes of the course, and play with exercises that will help you spill out ideas unique to you alone. These ideas are the spark that you can feed until it becomes a flame, the seed that you can choose to nourish and grow into a fully grown composition. We start small and build concept by concept, developing and refining each exercise in a process of studying the elements that come together to create a pleasing composition.
You will learn:
Five easy ways to create ideas for abstract compositions
How to apply the visual elements of Line, Texture, Shape, Value and Color
to further develop your compositions into pleasing artwork
A process of playful exploration
6 lesson modules, 5 exercises, 8 weeks of Lyric's time
"❤️ Thanks for all of your feedback AND encouragement - such a great ‘kick in the ass’ class!" - Pam Lowe
This course includes space for you to share your pictures and get feedback from your classmates. The more you contribute, the livelier class will be. Lyric will pop in twice a week to give feedback on each picture posted. This platform provides a safe space for a lively and sharing creative community to explore without judgement and competition.
Each week you'll receive an email with a link to a new lesson. The lessons are available 24/7 and you'll receive a downloadable step-by-step pdf to work from. There are short videos to show how Lyric works each exercise and to explain the gist of things.
Just like in a live classroom, you'll be able to see your fellow students work and discuss how things are going. You'll get encouragement and instruction from Lyric on all the work you post.
Supplies consist of things you already have at hand so you won't be time or money shopping for things you might not use again. The most important supply is an adventurous willingness to explore, grow, and play as you learn to see and create within the framework of abstract design. Doodles will be scribbled, eyes and minds will be opened, and fun will be had. Won't you join us?
Registration is open now
The classroom will open for introductions on February 14
Lesson 1 will open on February 17
Lyric's last comment on student assignments will be April 10th but the classroom will not close.
You will have continual access to these lessons.
The classroom opens as soon as you register.
You can introduce yourself and familiarize yourself with the online classroom.
Lessons will consist of short video introductions and PDFs.
- Introductions: February 14
- What is Abstract design: February 17
- Exercise 1 - Looking through a Window (Gathering Lines): February 21
- Exercise 2 - The Borrowers (Shape in Composition): February 28
- Exercise 3 - Doodle-icious (Pattern and Value): March 6
- Break Week
- Exercise 4 - Warping Reality (Shape and Meaning): March 20
- Exercise 5 - Ideas into Art (Working with Studies): March 27
- Wrap Up - Student Gallery: April 3
- Lyric's last comments on student work: April 10
- Remember - Classroom never closes, you will have permanent access to lessons
Q: Do I need to know how to draw?
A: NO! We will be using pen and paper to begin most of the exercises but Lyric will show you exactly what to do. It's easy. Promise!
Q: Do you require special supplies?
A: If you own a sketchbook, use it. If not, plain paper is great! Us whatever your favorite medium is to create your studies. Acrylic on board? Great! Cloth and thread? Wonderful! Collage paper and glue? Fabulous!
Q: How much time will the class take?
A: I would love it if you spent one hour each week on the exercises. You can delve much more deeply and really get into them if you'd like, repeating and refining your skill and strengthening your eye as an artist.
Q: I'm half-way across the world in a different time zone. Will I miss half of what is going on?
A: Not at all. The beauty of online classes is that you can come to them at your convenience. There is no "live" element to this class that you will miss.
Q: I'm out of town during a week of the class, what will I miss?
A: Nothing. You can catch up when you get back. All lessons will be there the rest of the class and you can post your work at any time while it is open. There is a gap wee after the third exercise and classroom is open two weeks past the last exercise (a total of 8 weeks) so there is plenty of wiggle room.
Q: How much interaction is there from the teacher?
A: Lyric will comment on each posted assignment until April 10th. The more you post, the more you get out of the class. Make sure to read comments on other students work as well. There is as much to learn from each other as from the course work.
Q: Is the content downloadable?
A: Only the written content, available as PDF lessons. You can download them as soon as they are released or wait until the end of the course when they are available in one contiguous file (great for e-readers). The videos are not downloadable but you can continue to access them online as long as you'd like.
Q: What do I need to know about using a computer?
A: You'll need to photograph or scan your assignments and save them as a jpeg. You can upload your pictures from your computer or devise to the online lesson. There is a video when you start class, that explains how to use the online classroom. Support@Ruzuku.com is very helpful and you can email them with any technical questions.
Work by student, JoAnn Camp
Work by student Pam Lowe