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Making the Invisible Known:
Introduction to Abstract Mixed Painting
with Lanecia Rouse Tinsley

Class Description

Participants in this workshop will enter into a creative process of self expression to reveal what lies within us through introspection and directing the energies of our exploration upon the canvas. Students will use acrylic paint, paper, found objects, and unconventional tools to create works that are emotive, unique, and alive. They will pull upon techniques and processes that bear some of the distinct characteristics of various artists of the Post World War II art movement, Abstract Expressionism.
Each studio session will provide space for each participant to follow their curiosity and discover the mysteries of abstraction expressionism through texture, color, mark-making, and composition to create a story upon the canvas. This class is all about the process and not getting distracted by what the final piece may become. It is a process of fostering curiosity and wonder; as well as creativity and overcoming some of the fears that can keep people from making the first mark.
By the end of the workshop participants will have begun and/or created two large canvas painting, four smaller works, and have a variety of abstract painting techniques and  an understanding of abstraction to take home.

What Others are Saying

“Lanecia provided the guidance I needed to kickstart my art practice.”
— 2019 Glen Attendee

“Lanecia was an excellent teacher. I got even more from her class at the Glen than I hoped.” 
— 2019 Glen Attendee

“Lanecia’s artwork is known for subtle manipulations of color and texture applied through a variety of material. Heavily influenced by abstract expressionism, she paints emotions into her art, building up layers that represent the landscape of the human condition. . . . Her art deftly unifies soft and hard; balancing the contrast between the ethereal memories in her cyanotype prints and the raw moments in her textured paintings. Her process is deeply personal, and yet, as you spend time with the marks, textures, and visual components in the art, you are reminded of your wanderings through life.”
— Dana Caldera


Lanecia Rouse Tinsley is a multidisciplinary artist based in Houston, TX, who specializes in abstraction. Her portfolio also includes a range of work in photography, painting, teaching, writing, and speaking. She is the owner and creator of LAR Art Studio and works primarily out of Studio D of Hardy Studios.

Lanecia creates out of a desire to make the invisible landscapes within and the human condition known, using texture, form ,and color to speak to life upon various surfaces in ways words cannot. Fascinated by history and story, her work also explores the “negative spaces” in life–those times of ambiguity and uncertainty, silence and mystery through subtle textures, color, markings, and layers to create a history within each piece.

Lanecia has an a MDiv from Duke University Divinity School and a BA in sociology from Wofford College. In addition to her work through LAR Art Studio, Lanecia is artist-in-residence with Holy Family HTX, co-spiritual director with projectCURATE, and is co-founder and co-creative director of ImagiNoir Group, an international alliance and think tank of black activists, artists, writers, scholars, and educators.

+ Read: Lanecia’s website

+ Read: After losing child, Houston preacher-turned-artist does her “crazy thing”

+ Listen: Spark Joy podcast interview 

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