For Intermediate and Advanced students.
A strong foundation in painting and color is required. The demos are done using Acrylics. You’ll paint using the medium of your choice: oil, acrylics or watercolor.

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Class size 8 to 10 participants — Reserve Now
$50 deposit holds your spot until March 14,
when remainder will be due.

Please direct questions to Margaret Kastner at

If you are bored with how you paint, want to try a new approach, want to think more and paint less, or just tired of wasting paint as you struggle with simplifying complex compositions, this would be a great workshop for you. I talk to many artists who struggle with an old problem of transitioning to an abstract approach in their work. This workshop will help with that.

Sadly, the morning starts with a lot of talking, slides and definitions. The worst thing you could do is paint like I do, so I start with a short slide show of past abstract painters and how their journey to the abstract started in realism. Mondrian, Pollock, Milo and Picasso all
started their careers in representational paintings. They transitioned to abstraction differently. I will go over, quickly I promise, their processes. The thinking is the same. They wanted to convey a thought, concept, or the essence of an image more powerfully without the constraints of painting everything they see. The emotion of color becomes more important, texture, lines all work together for a single purpose. Your work will be different than anyone else, your process will be different, because your vision, your history, your temperament different. Fluid organic lines and poured shapes, linear cubist illustrative, minimalist, textured and layered, horizontal taped geometric shapes, distorted and fragmented, color fields and details . . . so many approaches and different ways of thinking. This workshop hopes to help you discover what will work for you.

I will have materials on hand for sketches in acrylic as well as drawing mediums and surfaces. We will be sketching during the slides and as I talk.

A short break for lunch and we get to look at all the different approaches. Maybe some discussion as we eat. Something that does not work for someone else may work for others. The afternoon will start with a discussion and an exercise on purpose. Then it is time to paint.

Please bring 3 surfaces to paint on as well as 6 photographs or sketches to work from, and your painting supplies. Please do NOT bring in photos of other artists work. Bigger is better, anything smaller than 11×14 will be dicult. If you want to go large but do not want to stretch on large frames consider purchasing a roll of primed canvas to staple to plywood.