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Workshop | Abstract Exploration in Acrylic Painting

December 7, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm



PLEASE NOTE this workshop is held over three dates:

Day 1 on Thursday, December 7th 10:30am – 2:30pm

Day 2 on Friday, December 8th 10:30am – 2:30pm

This ticket registration and ticket price includes both dates, and all materials except for a canvas. It is recommended that student is able to attend both dates – there will be no makeup dates.

In this two-part workshop, students will learn to activate their intuitive awareness in their painting process. This workshop is designed for the beginner, but also for experienced painters who would like to try a new way of approaching painting. All materials are provided for this course except for an 18” x 24” OR 24” x 24” canvas.

What to expect:

Mark making and gestural forms on smaller pieces of paper in black inks and also color studies, before moving on to the canvas on Day two. The objective is for students to see line, motifs, circles, tilts and angles, squares, and brush strokes. This session is explorative and meant to be kept simple and a time for fun! This will include discussions on composition and principles of design.


The Bricks of Knowledge :

Creating small squares of intuitive marks and style in black

Creating squares of color using intuitive marks and shapes.

Taking time to explore various emotions in mark making

Preparing your Paper or Canvases ahead!

Principles of Design and Elements of Design:

Expressive Marks



Balance of colors hue, intensity




Value sketches, exploring overlapping shapes to show relationships, and working on larger pieces of paper and also a canvas*. Combining the principles and practice from day one, students will create a large-scale work through experimenting and following their intuition with paint.

Value Sketches

Overlapping shapes to show relationships

Working on full sheets of 140lb watercolor paper or

a canvas not larger then 12” x 24” or 24” x 24”

Applying the information and technique learned on day two and three and working on yupo paper (rather than canvas).

Supplies students must bring:

18″ x 24″ or 24″ x 24″ Canvas of your choice. Any width or wrap OK

Supplies included:

Acrylic Paint or Fluid Acrylic

Mixed sizes of Brushes



Small canvas

Your favorites colors too! At least 5 tubes of different colors

Watercolor Pencils and Charcoal pencils to draw with. (OPTONAL)

Paper Towels

Paint Bucket for water (NOT TO BIG)

Possible cut up old watercolor paper with paint on it. used.

Gel medium (small)

Plastic table covers

Mixing pallet knives

Fee covers both dates.

** Please note, Refunds will be processed only if requested 72+ hours prior to scheduled workshop date/time. No refund will be given if requested less than seventy two (72) hours until scheduled workshop time for any reason. Only one ticket transfer will be allowed per person per workshop type, and will only occur if requested outside of the 72 hour mark of the registered workshop. To request a refund and cancel your ticket, please call 561-330-9614**

About the teaching artist:

Karen Salup has been teaching in different formats since 1983. Her work unfolds as she composes intuitive images whose references lean to nature. Her intuition developed a vocabulary that consists of idiosyncratic visual poetry through mark-marking. Heavily inspired by prior Abstract Expressionists, Karen follows in creating gestures that bring to the viewer; Form, Texture, Color, and Light.

Although abstract in nature, there is an underlying visual order that gradually emerges. She finds image secondary to process and describes this process as “entering a realm of the unknown” where there is more of a calling than any true direction. Continuously altering and adjusting the core of the painting results in an invisible reality suddenly becoming apparent.It’s a self-imposed repetitive process guided by emotional intensity as she builds, erases, and paints the scene. A process that illuminates a definite chaos through the work’s shifting inner landscapes. Experience, sensation, and memory color the fluctuating world to ground and fortify an innate sense of place full of subtleties and sensitivities.

Karen is a current Resident Artist in studio 1 a Arts Warehouse.