David Hornung art workshops
David Hornung art workshops
David Hornung art workshops

David Hornung

David Hornung is a painter, former quiltmaker and professor of art. Over the course of his career he has taught at a number of art schools and universities including, Indiana University, Parsons, Pratt, Skidmore, Brooklyn College, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently on the faculty of Adelphi University on Long Island, NY.

David teaches color, collage and design workshops in the US, Canada and the UK. The second edition of his book, Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers, has been translated into five languages and is distributed in the US by Chronicle Books.  

David’s web site
David’s classes:
  • • June 4-9, 2017 | Elements of Design & Composition: Part I

    Open or Close
    • SORRY, class is full To be placed on waiting list, please send in registration & deposit. If space does not become available, a full refund will be issued.

    Elements of Design & Composition: Part I
    • Level: Beginning to advanced
    • Zig zag sewing machine: No
    • Materials fee:
    $10
    • Room usage fee:
    $30
    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • Regular: $915 | paid in full as soon as possible | Tuition ($675) & Meal plan ($240)

    DESCRIPTION
    The elements of design are line, shape, interval, balance, relative scale, pattern and the development of visual space. Based on a course that David Hornung developed at the Rhode Island School of Design, this is an enriched version of the classic two-dimensional design curriculum that has been been a foundational study for artists and designers since its introduction at the Bauhaus in the 1920’s. It offers the adult artist/practitioner an opportunity to take time out from the usual studio production and concentrate on the principles of design with a view to fortifying their understanding and reinvigorating their work.

    • In Elements of Design and Composition: Part I, students will make numerous small studies in black, white and gray under the guidance of the instructor. Classroom work will be augmented by slide presentations and discussion.

    • In Elements of Design and Composition: Part II, the design principles introduced in Elements of Design and Composition I will be explored in greater depth and in color. Specific exercises will be assigned but, over the course of the week, they will gradually be replaced by self-directed studies that will help students bring the workshop experience into line with their own sensibility. As in the preceding week, classroom work will be augmented by slide presentations and discussion.

    These workshops are recommended for anyone with studio experience.

    • For the fullest benefit, these two courses should be taken in tandem.


    SUPPLIES
    (Please label your own supplies)

    For Part I:
    • Black ink pad for stamping
    • Exacto knife and scissors
    • 9" x 12” Alvin or Dahle “self healing” cutting mat
    • Bienfang marker pad (Graphics 360) 9" x 12” (This exact pad is important - available at most art supply stores and online)
    • Permanent glue stick
    • India ink
    • Small paper palette
    • 1” flat synthetic water color brush
    • 3 bamboo brushes (small, medium and large)
    • Scotch Brand removable transparent tape 1/2” wide
    • ITOYA I-series Profolio 8” x 11.5”, 48 page booklet (Dick Blick #15271-2036)
    • Ruler, pencil, water container and paper towels

    For Part II:

    • Exacto knife and scissors
    • 9" x 12” Alvin or Dahle “self healing” cutting mat
    • Bienfang marker pad (Graphics 360) 9" x 12” (This exact pad is important - available at most art supply stores and online)
    • Permanent glue stick
    • Small paper palette
    • 1” flat synthetic water color brush
    • Dick Blick Bamboo brush set  (#05412-9003)
    • Scotch Brand removable transparent tape 1/2” wide

    The materials fee covers paints & paper used in class.

    If you have any questions about the materials list or the course in general, please
    contact David
  • • June 11-16, 2017 | Elements of Design & Composition: Part II

    Open or Close
    • SORRY, class is full To be placed on waiting list, please send in registration & deposit. If space does not become available, a full refund will be issued.

    Elements of Design & Composition: Part II
    • Level: Beginning to advanced
    • Zig zag sewing machine: No
    • Materials fee:
    $10
    • Room usage fee:
    $30
    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • Regular: $915 | paid in full as soon as possible | Tuition ($675) & Meal plan ($240)

    DESCRIPTION
    The elements of design are line, shape, interval, balance, relative scale, pattern and the development of visual space. Based on a course that David Hornung developed at the Rhode Island School of Design, this is an enriched version of the classic two-dimensional design curriculum that has been been a foundational study for artists and designers since its introduction at the Bauhaus in the 1920’s. It offers the adult artist/practitioner an opportunity to take time out from the usual studio production and concentrate on the principles of design with a view to fortifying their understanding and reinvigorating their work.

    • In Elements of Design and Composition: Part I, students will make numerous small studies in black, white and gray under the guidance of the instructor. Classroom work will be augmented by slide presentations and discussion.

    • In Elements of Design and Composition: Part II, the design principles introduced in Elements of Design and Composition I will be explored in greater depth and in color. Specific exercises will be assigned but, over the course of the week, they will gradually be replaced by self-directed studies that will help students bring the workshop experience into line with their own sensibility. As in the preceding week, classroom work will be augmented by slide presentations and discussion.

    These workshops are recommended for anyone with studio experience.

    • For the fullest benefit, these two courses should be taken in tandem.


    SUPPLIES
    (Please label your own supplies)

    For Part I:
    • Black ink pad for stamping
    • Exacto knife and scissors
    • 9" x 12” Alvin or Dahle “self healing” cutting mat
    • Bienfang marker pad (Graphics 360) 9" x 12” (This exact pad is important - available at most art supply stores and online)
    • Permanent glue stick
    • India ink
    • Small paper palette
    • 1” flat synthetic water color brush
    • 3 bamboo brushes (small, medium and large)
    • Scotch Brand removable transparent tape 1/2” wide
    • ITOYA I-series Profolio 8” x 11.5”, 48 page booklet (Dick Blick #15271-2036)
    • Ruler, pencil, water container and paper towels

    For Part II:

    • Exacto knife and scissors
    • 9" x 12” Alvin or Dahle “self healing” cutting mat
    • Bienfang marker pad (Graphics 360) 9" x 12” (This exact pad is important - available at most art supply stores and online)
    • Permanent glue stick
    • Small paper palette
    • 1” flat synthetic water color brush
    • Dick Blick Bamboo brush set  (#05412-9003)
    • Scotch Brand removable transparent tape 1/2” wide

    The materials fee covers paints & paper used in class.

    If you have any questions about the materials list or the course in general, please
    contact David

  • • 2017 Spring class tuition and Meal plan
    Tuition & Meal plan per 5-day class:
    • $915 | paid in full as soon as possible | Tuition ($675) & Meal plan ($240)

    • Note: Some of the workshops have an additional fee for materials & facility usage. Each class description indicates whether there is an additional fee. Material/facility fees are due with the final payment.

    Meal plan
    During the art retreats, Margaret Wolf, will prepare fabulous gourmet lunches and dinners plus a coffee/snack break daily during each week of class. The meal plan is provided so participants may concentrate fully on their work without being bothered by the interruption and inconvenience of cooking for themselves. The break times present a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students, share ideas, and just relax together in this wonderful environment.

    The meal plan includes an opening night welcome dinner, five lunches, five afternoon coffee/pastry breaks, and four more dinners during the duration of the workshop. Coffee, tea and water will be served during these break times. Participants are responsible for any other beverage choices, such as soda pop, beer, wine, milk or bottled water.

    Please keep in mind that if anyone chooses not to participate in the meal plan, they are solely responsible for all of their meals, snacks, coffee, tea, and other beverages. The kitchen facilities are reserved for the resident chef. There is a microwave and a refrigerator in the wet studio for student use. Most restaurants are at least a 20 minute drive away from the barn.

    Please note: Due to facility limitations, meal plans are available only for workshop participants.
  • • Accommodations
    Recommended accommodations & offering special rates:

    Hampton Inn, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    This clean, comfortable hotel is offering reduced rates. Please ask for "Nancy Crow Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-864-8383 or book online

    Best Western, Pickerington, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    All suites hotel with separate living area and bedroom. Offers complimentary full hot breakfast, free wifi, heated indoor pool, exercise room, & business center. Call 614-860-9804 to book and ask for “Nancy Crow Workshop” special rate.

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Reynoldsburg (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    Please ask for "Crow Barn Workshop" special rate (includes breakfast) using the local phone number 614-861-8888 or Email the manager

    The Morgan Theater Home, Baltimore, Ohio (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn, mention Crow Barn)
    Former silent movie theater converted into a private residence. Three rooms for rent include free cable TV & free high speed internet access. Kitchen/refrigerator/stove & all "kitchen stuff" available. Phone: 740-862-4765 or Email

    Rosabella B & B, Millersport, Ohio (10 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn; mention Crow Barn)
    Beautifully restored 1850s Italianate farmhouse is surrounded by farm fields. Breakfast included. The grounds include a wrap-around porch, hammock, patio, pool, hot tub, and fire pit. Phone: 740-467-3580

    Other accommodations, please negotiate your own weekly rates:

    AirBnB options in the area near the Crow Timber Frame Barn

    City of Lancaster, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Hampton Inn, 740-654-2999, clean and quiet
    City of Reynoldsburg, Ohio (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    • Fairfield Inn, 614-864-4555

    Campgrounds near the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    Rippling Stream Campground, Baltimore, OH, 740-862-6065, (5 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
    KOA Campground, Buckeye Lake, OH, 740-928-0706, (15-20 minute drive to the Crow Timber Frame Barn)
  • • Miscellaneous information
    Roommate
    • Please let us know if you would like a roommate. We will try to match you with another participant to share accommodations.

    Travel to and from the Crow Timber Frame Barn
    • The Barn is located near Baltimore, Ohio (southeast of Columbus, Ohio)
    • Please keep in mind that there is not a shuttle service to and from the motels to the farm, therefore please arrange a rental car or carpool with another participant.
    • Port Columbus (CMH) in Columbus, Ohio, is the major airport serving the area (30 minute drive to the Barn)

    Rental sewing machines, cutting mats & lamps
    • Bernina sewing machines are available for $75 per 5-day class.
    • Cutting mats are available for $15 per 5-day class.
    • Lamps are available for $15 per 5-day class.

    Formal class hours
    • Monday-Friday: 9-12 and 2-5 daily
    (Classrooms are open 7 am-9 pm Monday-Thursday, 7 am-5 pm Friday)

    Professional facilities
    Each student is provided with a large work table, an 8’ x 8’ work wall, and a comfortable chair. Classrooms are well illuminated and are open from early morning until late in the evening, plus the classrooms have air conditioning & heating. The surface design/dye studio at the Crow Timber Frame Barn includes large padded tables, lots of light (natural and color-corrected bulbs), 3 commercial stainless steel sinks, & washer/dryer. All facilities are non-smoking.

    Mailing list
    If you would like to be placed on a mailing list for information about upcoming art retreats, please send your contact info.

    Questions? Email
Images of David Hornung, David’s work, David teaching at the Crow Timber Frame Barn and student work