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Drawing Class

Composition at the Norton Simon Museum: Understanding Basic Composition

Composition at the Norton Simon Museum: Understanding Basic Composition

Date: Friday, February 28, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Speaker: Will Weston
Type: Drawing Class

Study composition with artist Will Weston. Artists use underlying compositional devices to organize elements in a painting and make them easier to read. Most of these devices go unnoticed by viewers until they are pointed out, explained and practiced. Using the Museum’s collections, this workshop teaches students to see and understand picture composition, and its role in providing mood, atmosphere and narrative in paintings.

Working in the Museum galleries, the first class addresses essential elements of composition through a gallery tour. Afterward, students make marker studies of the basic compositional drivers from paintings in the Museum’s collections.

Meets in Entrance Gallery | All levels of experience are welcome. Each class is $20 ($16 for members), and space is limited to 20 participants. All materials and admission to the galleries on the day of class are included. | Online registration is required. For further information, contact the Education Department at (626) 844-6980.