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Image to Abstract Cancelled

Due to the corona virus, this class has been cancelled.

Dates: September 9, 10 and 11.

This workshop is designed for the realist painter interested in adding elements of abstraction to his or her work while remaining firmly rooted in traditional representational techniques. A series of progressive exercises will guide students through a process of eliminating unnecessary visual information to arrive at a clear and simplified final image. Through a combination of slideshows, discussions, assignments, and critiques, this workshop will expose students to new artistic possibilities for self-expression. Students should bring their reference photos and also plan to take photos while in class (printed photos may be used and/or images from a laptop/iPad, especially if it has photo-editing software). There will be at least one session painting from a still life set up. This class is a water-based media class but the instructor will demonstrate using acrylics.

In his paintings, artist Mark Daniel Nelson strives to simplify and organize information until it reaches its most potent, elemental form. A student of both representational and non-objective painting, Nelson regularly fuses seemingly incongruous approaches to create new and unexpected results. “I strive for two things,” the artist states in his characteristically blunt manner, “impact and beauty. Eliminate the unnecessary parts of an image and you’re left with a much more powerful, beautiful mode of expression.” Mark Daniel Nelson is represented by Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Culver City, CA, Anglin Smith Gallery in Charleston, SC and Jack Meier Gallery in Houston, TX. He has exhibited extensively throughout the US and is the author of the book Learn to Paint in Acrylics with 50 Small Paintings. www.markdanielnelson.com


September 9, 10 and 11

9 am – 4 pm

Acrylic painting palette (suggested: Acryl-a-Miser)

Cup or jar to hold water (suggested: Mona Lisa Brush Cleaning Tank)

Acrylic painting medium (suggested: Golden Acrylic Glazing Medium, satin)

Brushes: (at least 1 of each) #4, #6, #8 filbert and flat synthetic plus any additional brushes student desires.

Painting surface: Stretched or mounted canvas or gessoed hardboard panels. Suggested sizes 8×10 through 16×20 inches. (you’ll need at least 7 total). Canson Plein Air Illustration Board pads are an excellent option if you can’t transport canvases.

Paint (required): Titanium White, Quinacridone Red, Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light

Paint (optional, in order of importance): Cadmium Red Light, #5 Value Grey, Cadmium Orange, Mars Black, Unbleached Titanium or Titanium Buff, Dioxazine Violet, Cobalt Blue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Cerulean Blue, Veridian, any other colors you like to use. (no oil paint allowed)

Kleenex or paper towels

Palette knife

Brush soap

Refunds: Requests for cancellation by the student at least thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the workshop will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee). NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than thirty (30) days prior to the first day of the workshop.

Minimum Enrollment: Glen Arbor Arts Center Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or multi-day, sequential-day workshop that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session (30 days prior for multi-day workshops). If a class is cancelled by GAAC for lack of enrollment, GAAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid (Cash payments will be refunded by check). Please be aware that GAAC is not responsible for losses incurred due to housing, travel or other arrangements.


September 9
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$495 – $525
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Glen Arbor Arts Center
6031 S Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States


Mark Daniel Nelson
Intermediate / Advanced


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