Yesterday we held our first online critique for the 8-week Abstract Expressionism painting class that I’m facilitating.
Each student sent in several paintings that they had created using the first exercise of the course.
The exercise was to use primarily black and white on a large surface of paper or canvas. They could use thick or thin brushes, charcoal, or other drawing media. The process was to try not to think, but intuitively make a mark or stroke, and then step back several feet away to pause and look. Then when they felt the impulse, they could respond to their mark by approaching the canvas and adding another mark or stroke. I asked them to continue this process until they felt done.
Additionally, they could use white as a way to cover or delete marks they had made.
Using colors was optional as long as they used a limited palette,
It’s exciting to see the unique response and style of each student. Fortunately, everyone in the group is already comfortable using paint, and some are accomplished artists already.
The students work independently during the week, using new exercises that I introduce weekly.
We meet once a week to share our experience and share feedback on one another’s work.
I look forward to the next 7 weeks of co-creating this workshop with this passionate and expressive group of painters.