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ONLINE: Exploring Color & Composition – Aleksandr (Sasha) Budayev

July 1, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday, repeating until July 22, 2020


7/1 – 7/22

10:30am – 3:30pm


The 2 days will be dedicated to exploration of the basics of formal composition. Students will focus on practicing the fundamentals of composing and organizing two-dimensional images according to the principles of harmony and purpose. Students will cover all of the aspects of abstract composition as well as stylization and color harmony.

Students will be able to use and understand the rules and principles which any painting is based on.

The second 2 days participants will explore the principles of figurative composition. Starting from what was learned during the first 2 days, they will then complete black and white thumbnail sketches. They will also develop a creative piece with several figures placed in a complex surrounding. The workshops will cover topics such as figure in action/interacting figures, understanding of space in a realistic composition, the principle of montage applied to colors, features/ textures, the conception of movement as a way to direct the spectators eyes (active/dynamic) and gesture as the inner (passive) dynamic in addition to much more.

Day 1:

Fundamentals of formal composition. Format, spot and line, scheme, static and dynamic, rhythm, connections, geometric and amorphic (random) shapes.

Day 2:

Color harmony and its types. How to work with color to express an idea. Principles of montage method applied to color composition.

Day 3:

Stylization of simple objects by intrinsic or adscititious properties. Simple and complex expressions and combination of both. Stylized composition and composition of stylized objects.

Day 4:

Final decorative composition that employs all previously covered topics.


Paper pad 18″ by 24″, paper pad 9″ by 12″, soft and hard graphite pencils, erasers, black and white gouache or acrylic paint, watercolor, set of gouache or acrylic paint, brushes, ruler, permanent black marker, scissors, Indian or Chinese ink, white glue



July 1, 2020
10:30 am - 5:00 pm


138 Nassau St, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08542
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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