These pictures are from the last night of a four week long Acrylic Painting class in the studio with Master Painter John Stillmunks. Our students Abby and Chris created two colorful and expressive abstract paintings from beginning to end. Starting with stretcher bars and a piece of canvas, the two assembled and prepped their own canvases and laid down an undercoat of black. Under the direction of a talented professional, they were shown how to view the textures and brushstrokes in the under-painting which then allowed them to ‘chalk’ a design. The outline was then enhanced by walking through several simple directions (find a circle, add a triangle, connect two entities, etc.). Next they layered over colors and added other surface shapes. Lastly, they learned to preserve the painting with a top coat and add the finishing hooks and wires. Beautiful.
The attached video shows Chris completing a second painting on paper following the same process.