The Dynamics of Composition: Principles and Practice
Monday–Friday, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
This workshop is for students of all levels who wish to learn the history and principles of visual composition, and to explore these ideas in their own work. We will work in a variety of media to explore the basics, the subtleties and the excitement of creative work in drawing, painting and collage. Students will learn about the differences in composing for figurative and for abstract work, and about the “key points” on the picture plane. Students will learn that composition is crucial to visual design, but that it is not necessarily a static set of rules; rather, composition is adaptable to the intentions of the artist. Students will be encouraged to find their own solutions in their art through practical help and with group critiques.
Fred Bendheim has had exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Costa Rica, Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, Italy, the Plotkin Museum, Denise Bibro Fine Art, the Arsenal Gallery, Bradley International Airport, McGrath Galleries, the Brooklyn Public Library, Mayo Center for Humanities and Simon Liu Gallery. Commissions include sculptures for Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and paintings for the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. In addition to his paintings and sculptures, Mr. Bendheim is known for his drawings, public art, collages, and illustrations. He has written many articles about art for the British journal, The Lancet. He teaches art in New York City.