Creating the Abstract Landscape 24 0522 AH

Amanda Hawkins
Amanda Hawkins
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Creating the Abstract Landscape
with Amanda Hawkins

May 22 – 24, 2024 | Wednesday – Friday | 9am – 3pm daily | lunch break 12:30 – 1:30

  • Medium: Acrylic Paint
  • Experience Level: All Levels/Beginner – Intermediate
  • Materials List: Click the Materials List tab above for a list of materials students need to bring to the workshop.
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio.

There is a sweet spot of overlap between the traditions of abstraction and contemporary landscape painting where mark-making and the implications of planar structure combine with color and light to create a magical realm of newly discovered space.

This workshop will help you transform Sedona’s beautiful scenery into loose and expressive abstract landscape paintings. Amanda’s approach to abstraction is both structured and intuitive, meant to give attendees the tools and confidence to take risks and make informed decisions on the canvas, both in the workshop and long after the class. Each morning the workshop will open with warm-up exercises, and each afternoon will be used as open studio time with ample individual attention. All artists can expect to leave the workshop with several color studies, a series of miniature abstracts, and 1-2 larger abstract landscape paintings; all led by demonstration.

Day 1: The day will be spent exploring the power and nuances of color. We will engage in a few exercises to help us better identify color as value, build non-conventional palettes, and abandon the local color of the landscape. All exercises will be conducted in the studio.

Day 2: There’s no better feeling than throwing a big brush stroke across a canvas. This day will explore and experiment with a variety of mark making techniques that help bring a painting to a more gestural and abstract place. The morning will be spent working on multiple smaller canvases onsite, and the afternoon working on one larger canvas in the studio.

Day 3: Slow down and take a long look at all paintings in progress. After a few warm up exercises, the final day is reserved for completing our works-in-progress. Each attendee will receive ample guidance and individual instruction for their own methodology. Attendees will have the option to work onsite or in the studio.

24 0522 AH

Amanda Hawkins

Amanda Hawkins

Amanda K. Hawkins is an award winning painter living and working in Beverly, MA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art in 2014 and Masters in Fine Arts in Painting at Boston University in 2021. She is on the Board of Trustees at Rocky Neck Art Colony and shows her work in gallery shows across New England. Amanda teaches painting workshops across North America and virtual workshops with an international draw. Her work can be found in private art collections across the globe. Amanda maintains an active studio blog and shares her creative practice with over 25K people worldwide. If Amanda isn’t in the studio, she’s exploring New England and gaining inspiration for her next painting.

Materials List:

● Value Chart
● 2B Pencil
● Compressed Charcoal
● Painter’s tape
● Sketchbook
● Masterson Sta-Wet Premier Palette, size 12×16
● 3 Extra sheets of Masterson Sta-Wet Palette Paper
● Retarder (Golden brand recommended)
● Spray bottle
● Paint brushes in variety of shape/size (recommended: Round 4, Round 10-12, Bright 10,
Flat 20)
● Palette Knife, any size or shape
● Alternative paint applicators (old credit cards, sticks, forks, sponge, etc)
● 5oz Titanium White (Golden or Liquitex Heavy Body)
● 2oz Phthalo Blue (Golden or Liquitex Heavy Body)
● 2oz Ultramarine Blue (Golden or Liquitex Heavy Body)
● 5oz Yellow Ochre (Golden or Liquitex Heavy Body)
● 2oz Cadmium Yellow Light (Golden or Liquitex Heavy Body)
● 2oz Quinacridone Magenta (Golden or Liquitex Heavy Body)
● 2oz Napthol Red (Golden or Liquitex Heavy Body)
● Yupo Paper pad, size 11×14
● Newsprint Pad, 14×17, or largest to fit in your suitcase
● (3) 8×10 canvas or canvas board, or largest to fit in your suitcase
● (2) 16×20 canvas or canvas board, or largest to fit in your suitcase
● Optional field equipment: (all exercises can be done in studio or onsite)
○ Field Easel
○ Lightweight chair
○ Sunscreen
○ A large water vessel

Questions about materials? Email Amanda at 


Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before April 22, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after April 22, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.