Playing With Colour and Abstraction.
I like to use acrylic paint as a vessel for exploring colour and texture. Experimenting with dry and wet brushes shows the immediate reaction to movements, changes in material process and the mixing of colours on canvas all bring an authenticity to the exercise. The provocation can be anything, auditory, emotional, conceptual or visual and can involve gestural, visual or conceptual reactions to stimulus. Directions should be specific but a in a loose open environment to allow experimentation and exploration with the medium in what ever direction the student is taken.
The idea of abstraction being communication through non representational visual cues is such an important concept for students to grasp. Opportunity for students to explore the subtitles of non verbal communication through abstract art making, strengthen general communication skills and allow for a deeper critical reading of the visually oversaturated world we live in.