Falls Church Arts

Acrylic – Process Painting – Modern

Instructor: Brian Legan

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, CLASSES ARE NOT BEING HELD FOR THE TIME BEING. Final decision on the advisability of holding any in-person class will be made 2 weeks in advance of class start. 

Tuesdays│ 3:00–5:00 pm | $180 for 5-class session | all levels | FCA Gallery, 700-B W. Broad St., Falls Church

Learn the painting processes in creating abstract art. Students will learn techniques and application methods (building paint,colors,etc.) to develop an abstract painting. These processes can be used in the students’ own artworks. Acrylics are used, as well as other materials that create different effects in abstract and other painting styles.


Artist Statement – It was clear from my earliest days that I was destined to be an artist. Although I was apparently a healthy, vigorous infant, I was born with only one functioning ear and was profoundly deaf in that one to boot. Getting a hearing aid at age 5 was a revelation. It is peculiar and delightful to me that my first word was “light” or, as I uttered with my hand extending to the ceiling sconce, “ight”—a predictor of my future, never-ending fascination with the grandeur of the visual. My art has brought me great joy. A devotion to a hard work ethic, to being constantly inquisitive, knowing anguish, enjoying solace and a community of friends, students, and colleagues, but ultimately the act of making/creating art is what is quintessential to me.
Next to this passion for engaging in the process of creating is teaching and guiding students in gaining an understanding of their own creativity and how to learn the many processes needed to achieve their ultimate expression, no matter its form. For several years, I have had the pleasure of teaching multiple subjects, including art, in the Arlington County public schools and have taught art at the Arlington Arts Center for 7 years, as well as individual lessons. I’ve also had the pleasure of teaching through FCA’s terrific Studio Arts Program classes. I believe that if a teacher is prepared, passionate, considerate, and inquisitive, most students, no matter their age, will glean something that can enrich their lives. And that, in itself, is a reciprocal gift.

Background – Brian Legan is an artist who uses a variety of media in his modern and abstract work. He has taught summer classes at the Arlington Art Center, as well as various art and art history classes in the Arlington Public Schools. He has also given private Instruction since 2011. His past experience also includes serving as art curator at the DC Loft Gallery. Brian holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He received a partial scholarship from the Virginia Handcrafter’s Guild and Honorable Mention in the National Scholastic Art Competition at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC. In 2015, his painting won first place in the Tinner Hill Blues Festival art exhibition.

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