January 22 & 23 | 2022
10 am-4 pm EST
@ Townsend Atelier
Instructor: Elizabeth Allen
A strong composition provides the bones of a great work of art and composing a painting or drawing is the artist’s way of communicating with the viewer. Understanding the fundamentals of composition is to the artist as constructing a sentence is to the writer and a measure of music is to the composer. In this two-day workshop, students will learn how to create the illusion of space on a two-dimensional surface and to create narrative work that engages the viewer. The method of composition that Elizabeth will teach was originally developed by Isobel Steele MacKinnon, Hans Hoffman, and their student Jack Beal. Elizabeth had the honor and privilege of learning this method from Jack Beale in many years of summer workshops with him.
Elizabeth will illustrate strong and weak compositions through examples in art history and through a variety of composition exercises. Artists with any level of experience, working in any medium will benefit from this class.
At the time of this posting (9.27.2021) all students will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (at least 2 doses) upon entry on the first day of the workshop. Instructor and staff are all fully vaccinated. Masks are required to be worn by students, instructor, and staff. Should this change, we will certainly provide any updates here.
Materials list coming soon
About the Instructor:
Based in Chattanooga, TN, Elizabeth loves to paint nature and the beauty of the little things that surround her. She is primarily a still life painter and deliberately composes her still lifes as if they just happened to land that way. She treats her composition like a landscape: achieving as much depth as possible on a two-dimensional surface. Elizabeth works with watercolors and oil paint.
Elizabeth has a BA in Fine Arts and English from The University of the South, Sewanee, TN; seven summer residencies at the studios of Jack Beal and Sondra Freckelton in upstate New York; and study with Chattanooga artist, Mia Bergeron.
She has been in numerous juried shows including Elevate at Townsend Atelier, Chattanooga, TN; The Creative Arts Guild, Dalton, GA; and the Association for Visual Artists, Chattanooga, TN. She has had a one-person show at The River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN and is a former member of the Tennessee Watercolor Society. Her work is in many private and public collections including City of Chattanooga.