Abstracting What We See: Painting with Royce Deans


Tuesday, August 25
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Held safely via Zoom


Royce Deans, 2020 Ann Hall Visiting Artist


$120 members and non-members


Complete registration form at the time of payment.


Painting by its very nature is a form of abstraction. In order to avoid the built-in frustration we constantly face as artists we need to adjust our perception and the way we see.

As we begin to understand and accept abstraction we can approach our paintings with newfound freedom. This type of abstraction doesn’t mean we are splattering paint, but we are being much more present and engaged with our subject.

Some painting experience is helpful.


  • Two 16”x 20” to 20”x 24” canvas
  • Paint: Standard acrylics will be sufficient. If you are comfortable working in oil you may do so.
  • Sketchbook
  • 6B Drawing pencil
  • White eraser


About Royce Deans

Royce was born to parents who understood the important role that art plays in society and how crucial exposure and participation in it is to the development of a young person.  He was raised in the western suburbs of Chicago with access to museums and concert halls of every variety. He graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago which gave him the foundations to build a life in the arts. 

Royce moved to Traverse City thirty years ago, a decision which he indicates set his art on a wonderful trajectory. Royce sees each artistic endeavor he has embarked on as a rich experience that has shaped the artist he is today. Living in such an incredibly beautiful place the landscape has, of course, become an overwhelming source of inspiration to him. His background and interest in figurative work, mixed with what he has gained from painting local surroundings on location, has allowed him to find new answers daily. 

Royce's love for teaching and for art has allowed him to travel far and wide. His art career has made it possible to work in many of the countries of Western Europe and Israel, presenting classes, workshops, and retreats. 

Royce Deans is OAB's 2020 Ann Hall Visiting Artist

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