Sophisticated Abstracts


These are very focused, 1 day Fine Art workshops where we simply practice and improve upon our general art skills and creative process in more depth.

Dates: First Saturday in August
Each workshop runs from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday
A light lunch is included and bottled water and tea are provided
Basic studio equipment and supplies are provided
Students who complete workshops receive certificates of completion

Online registration only – Fee payable upon registration | TIMETABLE

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People can find Abstract Art extremely enjoyable and relatable if they know how to approach and enjoy it. If not, it can quickly become a hot mess that frustrates the creator and the viewer alike. Allow us to help you learn how to create interesting and vibrant abstract art in a way that feels accomplished and makes total sense. There are definitely many ways that artists approach creating abstract works, using a variety of media: from traditional media like graphite, charcoal, oils and acrylics to more contemporary types of alternative art media like string, paper, newspaper, textiles, fabrics, stamps, organic matter, wool, pressed flowers, encaustic, wax based supplies, alcohol inks, flow medium, markers, plastic utensils and much, much more.

There are many misconceptions about creating abstract work in general: many people seem to think it is easy and juvenile. We would argue that it depends on the artist and type of abstract creation. Artists like Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Wassily Kandinsky George Braque and Joan Miró are well known for creating fabulous, intricate and thought provoking Abstract Art - some works even being called assemblage as it is so tactile and 3 dimensional. Miró even created abstract mobiles. Abstract Art can also provoke strong emotion as it can be approached with a measure of intuitive thinking and feeling, like we can observe in the contemporary pieces of artists like Mary Abbott, Helen Frankenthaler and Jay DeFeo.

Embracing Abstract Art is a powerful way to create if the artist develops an authentic process and thoughtful approach to it. Abstract artist who are serious about their work develop intimate ways of relating to the world and often experience greater awareness of their world as a result. Picasso believed that Abstract Art is rooted in some primal desire that we all have to make our mark in a creative and unique way. We agree with Picasso, that art can be more than just decorations for apartments. Art can have a voice and a personality.

As much as representational or realistic styles of art making lends itself to symbolism and the familiar world, more abstracted work, if executed well, lends itself to intimate emotions and a strong cerebral response within the viewer. Early Modern artists and several PosModern artists embraced a more abstract approach because of the tactile, emotive and personal nature of expression that is often made possible in an abstract approach to art making.

It is also a misconception that Abstract Art does not require skill. Maybe some people try to cut corners and create work without any skill, but a very skilled artist will have a far more enriching and intelligent approach to Abstract Art as they will have a cognoscenti understanding of visual language and visual communication through color, line, volume, perspective, composition and often will develop a very distinct visual form language in their work that is instantly recognizable by discriminating art collectors.

Since the late 1800’s, our sensibilities have been challenged by artists and art critics alike to see the world through more than a natural lens by engaging with Abstract Art.

We are so excited for you to join us in exploring Abstract Art with our latest workshop on the subject.