Class Title Exploring Your Sacred Spaces Through Abstract Painting
What does it mean to create a painting that is informed by the natural world around you, but is not exactly representational? How do you extract the elements of the beauty you are gazing upon and bring it to the canvas so that the essential feeling and energy is captured and expressed? Well, if that is something you would like to explore, Amanda is here to get you on your way. This class highlights the importance of process and research in creating an abstract work that truly captures the essence, experience and emotion of being at Squam Lake. Given the extraordinary setting of this workshop, this class will focus on abstracting the natural landscape of Squam Lake. We will begin the morning outside, after briefly assembling our own hand bound sketchbooks. Using the beauty of our surroundings as inspiration, you will fill your sketchbook with local color swatches, textural marks, and gestures that capture the feeling of our surroundings. In the afternoon, we will go back to the studio and transfer our findings onto a canvas. Amanda has a series of terrific exercises that help both to loosen you up as well as to help you bring forward your personal perspective on the landscape around you. With her guidance, you will spend the afternoon referencing your drawings, gestures and colors in your notebook to create a more involved painting on canvas, showcasing the full journey of introduction to abstract painting.
Experience Level: All levels welcome
Any Squam Lake related ephemera (IE botany, papers, etc)
Optional: your personal sketchbook (if you have one!)
All other supplies will be supplied by the instructor
Kit Fee: $25 USD Your kit fee will be due to the teacher at the start of class. It is easier if you bring cash in the exact amount of the fee. About Amanda: Amanda K. Hawkins is an award winning painter living and working in Beverly, MA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art in 2014 and Masters in Fine Arts in Painting at Boston University in 2021. She is on the Board of Trustees at Rocky Neck Art Colony and shows her work in gallery shows across New England. Amanda teaches painting workshops across North America, including in British Columbia and Arizona, in addition to virtual workshops which have an international draw. Her work can be found in private art collections across the globe. Amanda maintains an active studio blog and shares her creative practice with over 25K people worldwide. If Amanda isn’t in the studio, she’s exploring New England and gaining inspiration for her next painting.