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  • Hardy + Nance Street Studios 902 Hardy Street Houston, TX, 77020 United States (map)

An Introduction to Abstract Expressionism
Painting Workshop with Lanecia Rouse Tinsley

Saturday, September 28 (5pm-8pm)
Hardy + Nance Street Studios
Registration opens Tuesday, August 20
Registration closes Sunday, August 25 or seats fill

Max number of participants 8

Emerging in the 1940s in New York City, abstract expressionism is an art form and movement regarded by many as the golden age of American painting. The movement is marked by its use of texture and brushstrokes, with an emphasis on the creative spontaneous act and intuitive emotional expression often on large canvases. Over the years the name has come to describe the works of artists like Joan Mitchell, Norman Lewis, Willem de Kooning, Sam Gilliam, Elaine de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Edward Clark, Helen Frankenhaler, and Franz Kline.

In this workshop we will enter into a creative process of self expression to reveal what lies within us through introspection and directing the energies of our exploration upon the canvas. We will use acrylic paint, paper, found objects, and unconventional tools to create works that are emotive, unique, and alive. We will pull upon techniques and processes that bear some of the distinct characteristics of Abstract Expressionism.

Each studio session will provide space for each participant to follow their curiosity and discover the mysteries of abstract expressionism through texture, color, mark-making, and composition to create a story upon the canvas. This class is all about the process and not getting distracted by what the final piece may become. We will attend to the creative process of fostering curiosity and wonder, as well as overcoming some of the fears that can keep us from making the first mark. By the end of the workshop, participants will have created 1 canvas painting and 5 smaller works on canvas panels, plus they will have a variety of abstract painting tools and an understanding of abstraction to take home.

Grace Economics

Holy Family is proud to engage in the flourishing of the arts. This means that we are simultaneously committed to:
1. Generously patronizing artists.
2. Generously helping persons of all economic means participate.

Therefore, we have introduced a pricing structure that grounds the economics in grace. We are attempting to both honor the work of the professional artists and make multiple entry points for participants..

What does that mean?
# This workshop costs the church approximately $100 per person to host.
# We are requesting donations of $100 or $80 per person to participate.
# If you are unable to give $100 or $80, then we ask for a donation of at least $35 or more.

Register here:

After you register, we will send you the link to the church’s donation page.

Earlier Event: September 19
Art + City Meetup
Later Event: October 17
Art + City: Community + Cosmos II