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Workshop | Painting Abstract Expressionism

August 25, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Explore spontaneity on the canvas with brush strokes and mark makings inspired by old and new masters in Abstract Expressionism!



Led by Janie Reisler



“Abstract expressionism is the term applied to new forms of abstract art developed by American painters in the 1940s and 1950s. It is often characterized by gestural brush-strokes or mark-making, and the impression of spontaneity.” So let’s be spontaneous and enjoy this fun filled, creative day.

Join Janie Reisler for a NEW full day, Painting Workshop to study and create a piece in the style ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM, inspired by art history masters as well as contemporary artists of today.

What to expect:

The workshop will begin with a brief review of Abstract Expressionist artists you may recognize such as Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko, as well as showcase contemporary artists who are working in Abstract Expressionism today and how it has evolved as a genre.

Students will then be able to practice brush strokes and mark making, and explore color palette on paper and canvas paper before moving on to their final canvas. This is a chance to think outside of the lines, and experiment with color choice and medium. Abstract Expressionism is a gestural and active practice, documenting the movement of the artist’s hand on the canvas!


Materials included in the workshop

  • brushes
  • pallet knives
  • assorted acrylic paints
  • gel mediums
  • oil sticks, and more.

*Students must bring their own stretched and primed canvas, at least 18” x 24”. Can be square or rectangle.


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (subject to change)

10:30am Workshop Begins

1:00pm Break for Lunch Please bring food or beverage of your choice for the lunch break. Arts Warehouse has a large refrigerator where items may be stored as well as a microwave if needed. Bedner’s Market is just a short walk away with fresh made soups, salads, and sandwiches available as well.

3:30pm Workshop is dismissed




August 25, 2023
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
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