Creating Meaningful Abstract Imagery
Arrangements of shapes, tones, patterns and colors can evoke feelings and memories. This class will teach students first to develop personal imagery, second to layer these images until they become abstract patterns of shapes and tones, and third to refine their compositions. A finished piece will suggest an emotion, a thought, a memory in a poetic combination of formal elements.
14x17” drawing pad, HB and 2B graphite pencils, kneaded eraser. Colored pencils will be provided.
Dennis Schmalstig earned a B.F.A. from Wright State University in 1983 and an M.F.A in painting from the University of Delaware in 1987. He has exhibited his work since 1982 in commercial and university galleries, and in national competitions. He has had one-man exhibitions at the L.B. Jones and Susan Isaacs galleries in Wilmington, Delaware, at the Rikes Gallery at the University of Dayton, at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, and at the Daytona State College Fine Art Gallery. He has participated in small group shows such as “Representations” at Helio Galleries in New York, “Visionary Artists” and “Stories and Gestures” at the Jenkins Gallery at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida. His work has been reviewed by Victoria Donohue in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philip Bishop in the Orlando Sentinel, and Patricia Madden in the Orlando Weekly. He has taught art in Central Florida since 1992 as an instructor at Crealde School of Art and as an adjunct professor at Valencia College and Rollins College.Instructor Bio