Free for everyone, no registration required. Hosted in-person in Room 202 as well as via Zoom – ID: 839 3982 5241, PW: gagespring

This lecture will explore some common compositional frameworks used by painters throughout art history. We’ll discuss how artists use these frameworks to design interesting images on an abstract level, as well as how they build meaning and storytelling through subtle compositional choices, from the color palette to the shape of the canvas or the grouping of figures.

Together we’ll look at examples of how composition in paintings was influenced by photography, and how modern cinematography continues to be influenced by paintings. Lastly, we’ll explore ways in which artists break some of the “rules” to create new and dynamic compositions, and how you can use some of these compositional frameworks in your own work.

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In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.

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