Workshops

Experiments In Spontaneity - First Series - Emerge Gallery - Saugerties, NY - photo Ellen McKay © 2018

Experiments In Spontaneity - First Series - Emerge Gallery - Saugerties, NY - photo Ellen McKay © 2018

Experiments in Spontaneity An Abstract Painting Workshop First Series

In these classes we explore ways to start a painting and develop it through various techniques which establish a dialogue with the Unconscious—ground of spontaneity, realm of authentic expression. In the intuitive practice of gesture and improvised mark-making, we invite happy “accidents”, the unexpected “error.” With pleasure as our guide, we draw upon emotion, sense memory, observation. Leaving intellect and preconceived ideas aside, we break old habits, gain new ground; the work deepens, takes on a life of its own. It is a play between worlds, visible and invisible—physical, emotive and spiritual, whereby abstract images gain substance and depth. We work on large paper with tempera paint with brushes great big to small. Group discussion follows each class. The classes are sequential, as each builds upon the previous one. This workshop is perfect for beginners as well as for seasoned artists who wish to break new ground in their work. This is the foundation, a prerequisite for the Continuing Series of classes, Experiments In Spontaneity.