Here's some of what came out of this class.
These are a couple sections of a large painting using text in an abstract way.
Moving beyond the grid
This assignment was to incorporate a grid with something realistic. I chose an orange.
Incorporating something real into your painting.
I chose to use some rotted wood found on the forest floor and cut it into slices. I was trying for a stream in the forest effect.
For this one we had to create some kind of form on which to paint abstractly. It just got weirder and weirder--but it was fun painting the sticks and manipulating them in 3D.
One of the assignments was to use dried paint to create a painting or an art piece. Some of the participants did sculptures from dried paint by I did this. It's a poor quality image of the painting I did using the wax paper I'd been using on my palette tray.
Our final assignment was to create a series incorporating the real and abstract. I decided to try to incorporate figurative work into an abstract format. It took me in a totally different direction, never having painted figures before. I enjoyed doing it but I'm not sure if I'd follow up on much that I explored--except maybe for the second assignment with the grid and the realistic objects.
What I really enjoyed was seeing examples of art by artists I had never heard of before and pushing my boundaries--as well as meeting a bunch of painters, both young and older (like me). It was an interesting experience.