Moving Toward Abstraction

Rachel Wren

Workshop Description

February 3-4
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Fee: $290
Instructor present every day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
Request supply list upon registration

Does making abstract art seem intimidating or baffling to you? Want to take your work beyond representation but not sure how to begin? Then this workshop is for you! Participants will explore and experience the process of abstracting from the observed world, learning how to find and capture the inner spirit of what they are looking at. Students will be guided through a series of drawings in which they investigate notions of rhythm, mark, shape, texture, and speed. We will address the concept of scale and discuss strategies for developing an effective composition. Experimentation with a variety of materials such as charcoal, ink, collage, and paint will be encouraged as we work towards creating images that capture the essence of an object, sensation, or mood. This workshop will give you tools to discover and develop your personal artistic voice.

About the Instructor

Rachael Wren received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Washington. Her work has been exhibited at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the National Academy Museum, Garis& Hahn, Schema Projects, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Geoffrey Young Gallery, and The Painting Center, among many others. Rachael is the recipient of the Julius Hallgarten Prize from the National Academy Museum and an Aljira Fellowship. She has been awarded residencies at Chashama North, the Saltonstall Foundation, Byrdcliffe Art Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and the Anderson Center, and has been a Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina and at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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