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Explore Your Inner Artist This Winter

Contemporaneo Asheville Gallery presents celebrated Asheville artists who will teach unique and inspiring classes that showcase their knowledge and expertise of artistic expression.


Embracing Abstraction with Denby Dale

January 21st-25th, 1-5 pm

Expand your artistic vocabulary by discovering what abstraction means for you and your art practice. From realism-based abstraction to exploring the non-objective, there is great value in shaking up the conversations we have with our work. In this week-long workshop, we will re-visit the elements and principles of composition and design- filtered through an abstract lens – and yes they still apply! Our goal is to discover new approaches to how we source, make, experience and share our work.  Each day will include a brief discussion and an exercise to practice a new way of making & seeing, followed by time to work on your own week-long independent project(s). Group discussions and non-threatening critiques included! Participants can work in any type of 2D media - or in very small-scale sculpture or assemblage. Supplies for daily projects/exercises will be provided; please bring supplies for your independent project. This workshop is appropriate for creatives of any level!



• Day One: Abstraction & Mark Making

Exercise: Mark making (dry and wet media) for experimentation & generating starting points, with an emphasis on re-engaging with design principles/elements.

• Day Two: Abstraction & Geometry

Exercise: Drawing & Collage with geometrical forms, minimalism and beyond.

• Day Three: Abstraction & Realism

Exercise: Drawing & painting media – sourced from reality, then where?

• Day Four: Abstraction & Color

Exercise: Mixed Media- using color effectively and with intention; use of non-familiar media encouraged (options provided!)

• Day Five: What do YOU See in That?  AND Group Critique of Independent Projects!

Exercise: Working with a partner, we will co-create a series of small pieces by collaborating and art swapping. Each pair will start with a panel with the same pre-determined starting point.