This summer at Art Center of Corpus Christi, I taught a series of workshops on Abstract Expressionist painting.
During the course, we explored modes of painting from the Abstract Expressionism movement, focusing on one artist and painting style per session. Featured artists included Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman, Hedda Sterne, Clyfford Still, Robert Motherwell and Robert Rauschenberg*. The focus was on exploration, creative freedom and enjoyment of the painting process. In September, I'll begin a new series of workshops at Art Center of Corpus Christi.
The photos in this post are from one of the Color Field classes. Mark Rothko was the featured artist.
Julie's finished painting is now hanging in her house.
Helen puts finishing touches on her Color Field painting.
Jerry's work in progress....He brought in this painting to complete in the class, and eventually transformed it into a lush and poetic Color Field painting.
*Robert Rauschenberg, although not considered part of the Abstract Expressionsist movement, was one of our featured artists. The Art Center and I thought it would be fitting to add him to our studies, particularly as he was from Texas and was a key artist in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to other movements. Rauschenberg very much admired the Abstract Expressionists but deeply disagreed with many of their philosophies.
This week and next, I'm traveling to Montreal, so no post. When I return, I'll post photos from my trip, and also Part 2 of the Abstract Expressionism summer workshop. In Montreal, I plan to visit art museums and galleries, and take in as much as possible of this beautiful old city.