On the Horizon

Jacqueline Sullivan

Class Name : On the Horizon

Class length: Half day

Class Description: Imposing order in a chaotic abstract work can often be difficult. In exploring the design of an abstract work, remembering the rule of thirds is always helpful when analyzing our work. Within that rule, there are several techniques that we can use to define a horizon line, including ascemic writing, a small grid, painterly lines and more. Whether a low or high horizon line this technique helps to convey a sense of atmosphere and place in abstract works. The horizon line gives us a place to start creating depth with color and tonality. With the addition of a shape or a line we can move our horizon line into a classic cruciform. We’ll begin our paintings working with Golden fluid acrylics, building our paintings with thin glazes of color. Then we’ll learn some markmaking techniques, using high flow acrylics and fine line applicator tools to define the horizon lines in the painting. We may also explore the use of Pan Pastels and charcoal marks within our compositions. These are great tools for adding a complimentary color or emphasizing tonality. Students will receive a lot of individual attention and the painting that they leave with will be truly their own expression.

Bio: Mixed media, acrylic paints, calligraphy, bookbinding, and fiber arts - I have loved them all since I first discovered each medium. I have a degree in graphic design and worked for many years as a publication, marketing and advertising designer as a way to make a living but my passion has always been with color and paint, no matter what the surface. Personal artistic development has been a lifeline as I work my way through the challenges life has brought. My mixed media, book art, calligraphic and acrylic work has been shown in galleries and top juried art fairs nationwide. I believe that asking “what if?” and keeping a spirit of adventure and discovery is important as I follow my creative path and attempt to make something original. I love experimenting with texture, layers, marks, paint and dyes. 


I have been a teaching artist for 30 years and I love to teach! Seeing the joy in a student’s face when they create something that pleases them brings me joy. I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given to inspire others to be creative. Mixed media, acrylic paints, calligraphy, bookbinding, and fiber arts - I have loved them all since I first discovered each medium. I have a degree in graphic design and worked for many years as a publication, marketing and advertising designer as a way to make a living but my passion has always been with color and paint, no matter what the surface. Personal artistic development has been a lifeline as I work my way through the challenges life has brought. My mixed media, book art, calligraphic and acrylic work has been shown in galleries and top juried art fairs nationwide. I believe that asking “what if?” and keeping a spirit of adventure and discovery is important as I follow my creative path and attempt to make something original. I love experimenting with texture, layers, marks, paint and dyes. I am proud to be a Certified Teaching Artist for Golden Paints.

Price for class: $125

Skill level: 1

Tools: Flat brush for acrylics, about 1". Water container for rinsing brushes.

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