February 22 – 25, 2021 (Monday – Thursday) 10:00 – 3:30 daily, Arizona time (with lunch break)
This workshop gives you a powerful foundation for abstract painting. You’ll be guided to enter the painting process naturally, use layers to develop a deep and luscious visual space, and weave into it brush-marks that grow from a personally meaningful inspiration. You’ll learn to see the spirit in your painting and help it shine powerfully.
A focus of the workshop is to find ease in bringing your mid-process “beautiful mess” to fulfilled completion. You’ll create two acrylic paintings that embody meaning, naturalness, and spatial depth & flow – qualities that lift an abstract painting from amateur to professional.
You will also: • Understand the distinct roles of background, middle ground, and foreground in abstraction, and use each to advantage. • Learn ways to dramatically deepen your painting’s visual space. • Discover how small changes to the flow of your painting can stunningly bring it into focus.
Julie will teach live via Zoom using demonstration, discussion, and plenty of one-on-one attention. You’ll post photos of your work-in-progress for enlightening feedback. The relatively short daily in-class hours allow flexible painting time outside of class for those who wish. Workshop slides and handouts are downloadable through an online class forum. Julie will monitor the forum before, during, and two weeks after the workshop to answer questions and provide follow-up comments.
Whether you’re a longtime artist or new to painting, you’ll gain an abundance of secrets to turn inspiration into soul-satisfying abstract paintings.
Artist Julie Bernstein Engelmann creates abstract art that speaks to the heart and spirit. Her luscious acrylic paintings have won many awards and were featured in a retrospective solo exhibition at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. Educated on both coasts, Julie holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA from Barnard College in New York City, where she studied with Milton Resnick, first-generation Abstract Expressionist. Julie is passionate about teaching artists how to understand their mid-process “beautiful mess” and bring it to life through three vital qualities of powerful abstract painting: meaning, naturalness, and spatial depth and flow. In addition, Julie shares valuable expertise in color mixing to enhance visual depth. See Julie’s art and sign up for her free eye-opening ebook, How to Bring Your Abstract Art to Life, at www.julieengelmann.com
·PAPER or CANVAS 2 smooth surfaces 18” x 24”. If canvas, please add an extra layer of gesso ahead of time (generously applied, using curvy random motions rather than straight ones). If paper, I recommend smooth, good-quality drawing paper or hot-pressed (smooth) watercolor paper. Alternatively, if your paper is thin, recycled, or cold-pressed (textured), please paint a layer or two of gesso on it ahead of time (using curvy motions).
·ACRYLIC PAINTS Suggested colors (at minimum): White, Cadmium yellow medium (or better, instead get both Cadmium yellow light and Cadmium yellow deep), Cadmium red light, Quinacridone magenta, Phthalocyanine blue, Red oxide. Also helpful: Cerulean blue, purple (e.g. Prism violet), green (e.g. Hookers), and whatever you have on hand. Liquitex Basics brand is fine for most colors, but for the Cadmiums I recommend a better brand like Utrecht. Regular acrylic is better for our purposes than heavy body or fluid.
·BRUSHES Soft, synthetic. Suggested sizes: 1” wide filbert (rounded); 5/8” wide bright (flat). Helpful: a 1½ to 2″ brush (can be cheap). And whatever you have on hand.
·LIQUITEX GLOSS MEDIUM & VARNISH …or similar. Slightly dilute to approx. 20 parts medium to 1 part water.
·LOW PLASTIC CONTAINER …for keeping paint moist (see photo).
·PALETTE OR FLAT SURFACE FOR MIXING …e.g. pie tin
·PAPER TOWELS Soft, absorbent like VIVA
·ADDITIONAL MATERIALS 2 colors Sharpie markers and/or Conte crayons (if using paper: pencil or ballpoint pen is okay). Water container (for rinsing brushes). Spray bottle (to keep paint moist). Camera (on phone is good) for taking pictures of painting. Table. Tablecloth.
·Computer or other device for ZOOM meetings
·OPTIONAL Palette knife for scraping palette. Apron. Easel or table easel. See handout on Julie’s online class forum for setup info.
Registration and Cancellation Policies
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
A student may pay in full or place a $125 non-refundable deposit to save a space in the workshop
Any unpaid balance is due at least 30 days prior to first day of class
If a student cancels before the 30-day cut-off, the balance is refunded (or cancelled if not already paid) – the deposit is non-refundable
If a student cancels within the 30-days prior to class, no refund is given and both deposit and balance are forfeited
If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full
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.
"This art class was such a blast! It exceeded my expectations in every way! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learned so much! I’m glad Julie covered all the information/strategies/abstract painting techniques that she did, and I wouldn’t have wanted to miss any of it. Julie also gave plenty of individual guidance and attention. She has a very pleasant, kind, thoughtful, non-judgmental, and upbeat style. We had both beginners and advanced artists in our group, including a professional artist, and the class seemed totally relevant and helpful for all of us. I'm hoping to take the class again to further develop my painting skills and creativity. Thanks for offering such a wonderful class!"
"Julie is very kind and relaxed. She shared several techniques that would serve as motivation to making a truly unique painting. Her use of colors is wonderful."
"As an experienced artist trying a new direction, I really appreciated that she gave us an sufficiently broad, but detailed overview of the techniques with personal guidance as we tried them. I wanted to see all the techniques she used being done, and am already using them to create more fun in my landscapes.... Loved the demo on the small touches to bring about big changes by really taking the time to 'see' the painting first."
"Julie is an excellent instructor. Her feedback was honest and sought after by everyone in the class. Her style of teaching resonated with me and I was able to walk out of the class with all of my goals met. Her passion for what she is doing is absolutely inspirational!"
"I love Julie: Her art, her teaching style, and as a human being. She always makes a workshop a wonderful experience"
"Julie is fun, sweet, kind, enthusiastic, and a great teacher! She has the ability to help us see our artwork with fresh eyes looking for the good instead of focussing on the bad. It was a wonderful experience and I will take another class with her one of these days!"
“Julie is a terrific teacher and a real asset to the teaching staff at SAC.”
“I had been hoping to get some insight into painting abstractions, and possibly learn to 'free up' my style. Julie provided both, and so much more. Not only did she provide ways to 'tap into' and express our own individual uniqueness, she also shared the keys to making good abstractions, including color theory and mixing, composition, layering techniques, and other fundamentals of art. I learned so much! Her teaching style and personality gave us students the confidence to move forward, and her critiques were brilliant as she shared her experience about just what we needed to bring our paintings 'over the top.' I would take other classes from her and I recommend her highly.”
“Julie was lovely instructor. She was sensitive to each student. Well organized. Had an excellent hand out. And her class was most valuable And a great value.”
“Julie was fantastic! I so appreciated her patience and kindness.”