Creating the Abstract Landscape

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Description

***Please note Amanda will be working in acrylic as the materials list indicates, however the workshop was listed as “oil” as the medium in the printed catalog. ***

Creating the Abstract Landscape

with Amanda Hawkins

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.

In this workshop we’ll learn to transform Sedona’s beautiful scenery into rich, energetic, abstract landscape paintings. My approach to abstraction is both structured and intuitive, meant to give students the tools and confidence to take risks and make informed decisions on the canvas, both in the workshop and long after our time together. We spend time both indoors and outdoors overlapping the learning from the disciplined space of the studio with the inspiration from the landscape and vise versa. Over the course of the workshop, we will create several color studies, a series of miniature abstracts, and 2-3 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. The afternoon will be devoted to a larger abstract work created in the landscape.
Day 2: There’s no better feeling than throwing a big brush stroke across your canvas. But, how can we translate that expressive, intuitive energy into a landscape painting? Together, we will discover a method within the madness of abstract painting. 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 your paintings. After a few warm up exercises, our final day is reserved for completing our works-in-progress. Each student will receive ample guidance and individual instruction for their own methodology.

Amanda Hawkins

Amanda Hawkins

Amanda K. Hawkins is an award winning painter living and working in Boston, MA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art in 2014 and is currently a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts from Boston University. Amanda exhibits her work throughout New England, teaches painting workshops across North America, and has work in private collections across the globe. She maintains an active blog, sharing her studio practice with over 20K people worldwide. If Amanda isn’t in the studio, she’s likely swimming in the sea or exploring the Maine backcountry.

***Please note Amanda will be working in acrylic as the materials list indicates, however the workshop was listed as “oil” as the medium in the printed catalog.***

Materials List:

  • Red Acetate
  • Value Chart
  • View Finder
  • HB Pencil
  • Compressed Charcoal
  • Masterson Stay-Wet Premier Palette (with sponge and Airtight Box)
  • Painting Tools:
    • Brush Sizes:
      • Round 2-4, Round 10-12
      • Bright 10, Flat 20
      • 2” House painting brush
      • Any other brushes you normally use
    • Palette Knife, any size or shape
    • Catalyst Brand Wedge, Shape 6 (straight edge)
  • Paint: Golden Slow-Dry or Liquitex Heavy Body Slow Dry
    • 5oz Titanium White
    • 2oz Mars Black
    • 2oz Phthalo Blue
    • 2oz Phthalo Green
    • 5oz Raw Sienna or burnt umber
    • 2oz Cadmium Yellow Light
    • 2oz Cadmium Orange
    • 2oz Cadmium Red Light
    • 2oz Alizarin Crimson
    • 2oz Quinacridone Magenta
  • Supports:
    • Stonehenge Paper Pad, 11×14, Warm White
    • Newsprint Pad
    • (3) 12×12 canvases
    • (2) 18×24 canvases (or smaller if your easel cannot hold up to 24” canvas)
    • (1) 12×16 canvas
  • Misc:
    • Paper towels
    • Wax paper
    • Umbrella
    • Spray bottle
    • Field Easel
    • Lightweight Chair
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle
    • (2) empty 1 gallon jugs of water

 

Instructor to provide:

  • Misc mark-making tools
  • Color-aid Paper

 

Instructor Bio:

Amanda K. Hawkins is an award winning painter living and working in Boston, MA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art in 2014 and is currently a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts from Boston University. Amanda exhibits her work throughout New England, teaches painting workshops across North America, and has work in private collections across the globe. She maintains an active blog, sharing her studio practice with over 20K people worldwide. If Amanda isn’t in the studio, she’s likely swimming in the sea or exploring the Maine backcountry.

Cancellation Policy

Registration Information:
Each student must register individually.  Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. There are no refunds after the 30-day final payments have been made.  Students may enroll 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 (M-F, 9-5).

Cancellation Policy:
The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.  If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable.  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 30 day 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.

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