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"Creating an Abstract Painting From A Realistic Subject" (February 15, 2024) with Joan Moreau McKeever


with Instructor Joan Moreau McKeever

Thursday (10am to 4pm)
February 15, 2024

Art League Academy
(106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC)


Join Art League Artist and Instructor Joan Moreau McKeever for this exciting 1-Day workshop and learn how to take an intricate realistic subject and turn it into a simple abstract painting by using a pre-determined number of shapes.
Part 1: In the morning of the workshop, students will be given a subject to break down into a pre-determined number of shapes.

Part 2: In the afternoon, students will create their own abstract painting with the learned techniques using their own reference photographs, paying close attention to value, composition and color combinations.


In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $20 cash with them to pay the instructor for materials, which she will provide for students. No other materials need to be brought to class with you, aside from reference photographs.

This workshop is perfect for beginners, and also for intermediate and advanced painters wanting a new, fresh way of looking at your subject matter.

Ticket purchases to Art League of Hilton Head events are final. Credits or Refunds will not be given for missed or classes/workshops.

If a class or workshop is canceled by Art League of Hilton Head a full refund will be given.

Materials Included: There is a $20 Materials Fee due in Cash for materials which will be provided by the instructor
Requirements: PLEASE BRING
$20 cash to pay the instructor for materials she will provide

3-5 reference photographs that you took yourself of scenes you would like to possibly turn into an abstract painting.

NOTE: Students are welcome to bring their own watercolors or acrylics and brushes if they have materials they prefer to work in, otherwise, the instructor will provide acrylics for students to use.

Instructor: Joan Moreau McKeever
Instructor Bio:
JOAN MOREAU MCKEEVER'S formal artist training includes Wooster School of Art in Connecticut, Vancouver School of Art, Canada and University of Alaska. Additionally, she has taken numerous workshops offered locally in Bluffton, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, SC.

Before moving to South Carolina, Joan ran two advertising agencies and was the Marketing and Advertising Director for a real estate and insurance company in CT. As a single mother, she went into real estate sales full time to support her two children.

Since remarrying and then moving to South Carolina nine years ago, Joan has plunged back into the fine art world full time. She is a member of SOBA (Society of Bluffton Artists), Art League of Hilton Head Island, and the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA). Joan is also a member of the newly-formed South Carolina chapter of NAWA.

Joan is an instructor at Art League Academy and has taught Abstracts from Realism to the Beaufort County teachers, washi taping techniques and the Zentangle art form to art students, and to the inmates at the Allendale Correctional Institution, SC.

Joan has had several independent art shows locally, both at SOBA and the Art League, plus has shown her works in New York, Washington D.C., Savannah, and at the University of SC in Beaufort, SC. Joan's awards include 1st Place Pastel (and Peoples Choice, same painting),1st and 2nd Places Mixed Media, 3rd Place Acrylic, several Honorable Mentions, two awards from the National Association of Women Artists, NYC, and juried acceptance into 2021 and 2023 National Biennale art exhibits.
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