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An Introduction to Abstract Expressionism
a painting workshop with Lanecia Rouse Tinsley

Emerging in the 1940s in New York City, abstract expressionism is an art form and movement regarded by many as the golden age of American painting. The movement is marked by its use of texture and brushstrokes, with an emphasis on the creative spontaneous act and intuitive emotional expression often on large canvases. Over the years the name has come to describe the works of artists like Joan Mitchell, Norman Lewis, Willem de Kooning, Elaine de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Edward Clark, Helen Frankenhaler, and Franz Kline.

In this workshop we 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. We will use acrylic paint, paper, found objects, and unconventional tools to create works that are emotive, unique, and alive. We will pull upon techniques and processes that bear some of the distinct characteristics of Abstract Expressionism.

Each studio session will provide space for each participant to follow their curiosity and  discover the mysteries of abstract 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. We will attend to the creative process of fostering curiosity and wonder, as well as overcoming some of the fears that can keep us from making the first mark. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created two large canvas paintings and 10 smaller works, plus they will have a variety of abstract painting tools and an understanding of abstraction to take home.

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