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One Thousand Collages, Abstraction and the Landscape

at Warehouse 521 - Downtown/The District

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Downtown/The District
521 Heather Pl
At Columbine Pl
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Ken Kewley

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Ken Kewley: One Thousand Collages, Abstraction and the Landscape-Without the Outdoors.

An exploration of pure abstraction and abstraction in landscape through collage. We will draw and paint by means of collage. The statements, ‘You cannot make it up’ and ‘You must make it up’ are both true. We must let both guide us. What we put down on our paper are real things that we can adjust just as we move through the landscape looking for something to paint. It is this abstraction that we must adjust if we are working purely abstractly or if we are working from life. We will make hundreds of abstract collages.

Then we will travel back to kindergarten when we did not need to set up our easels in front of our houses in order to draw our world. Next we will move into the third dimension and make a world from corrugated cardboard. This will become our model. We will work from it, and with our rediscovered freedom, without it. All on a path away from copying and rendering towards a more exciting and ultimately a more real picture of what we find beautiful in the world.

This workshop is all about composition and design. About adjusting shapes. And it's all about painting. Even if it is through collage. Collage is a fast way to paint. Nothing to do with weird juxtaposition of unlike things, what some might think of when they think collage. It is straight forward painting, but with dry paint. We do a lot in three days as a result. It's also all about color.

Adjusting color shapes. But we don't separate these things; composition/design, color or subject matter. We are saying landscape, and we will make landscapes, but everything we do applies equally to the figure, still life or pure abstraction. Even the cardboard sculpture has everything to do with painting. As Matisse said, once he did sculpture he could no longer make a flat painting.

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School: Warehouse 521

Warehouse 521

Warehouse 521, a gathering place in Nashville for artists to create, make new friends and develop a sense of community was opened in February 2013.  Jeanie Smith felt there was a need for such a place and it has served many functions since opening, one being instilling a feeling of camaraderie...

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