This three-day workshop gives you a powerful foundation for abstract painting. Using layers, you’ll be guided to enter the painting process naturally, develop a deep and luscious visual space, and weave into it exquisite brush-marks that grow from a personally meaningful inspiration. You’ll learn to see the spirit in your painting and gently enhance it, so it can shine powerfully.
A focus of this workshop is to find ease in bringing your mid-process “beautiful abstract mess” to completion. You’ll create two acrylic paintings that embody meaning, naturalness, and spatial depth and flow – qualities that lift an abstract painting from amateur to professional.
You’ll also: • Understand the proper, powerful role of background, middle ground, and foreground in abstraction. • Discover how to vastly deepen your painting’s visual space. • Make small changes to the flow of a painting that stunningly bring your painting into focus.
Along the way, you’ll gain discernment and come to understand abstract painting much more deeply.
Julie will teach, demonstrate, and interact live via Zoom, and offer resources and handouts through her online forum. She will check in with you one-on-one throughout the workshop, and periodically ask you to post photos of your work-in-progress to delve into enlightening critique.
The format of the workshop allows you to complete one painting in the first day and a half. Then you’ll digest the experience and start your second painting, using reminder instructions on the online forum. The final day, live on Zoom, you’ll complete your second painting with guidance and insightful feedback.
Ahead of time, you’ll receive login information and tips on how to set up your painting space. Julie will monitor the online forum a couple weeks before, during, and after the workshop, in case you have questions or want to post follow-up pictures.
All experience levels are welcome. Whether you’re a longtime artist or new to painting, you’ll reap 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” (this size is best; or 20×24 will do). 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.
·OPTIONAL Palette knife for scraping palette. Apron. Easel or table easel. See video on Julie’s online 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.”