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  • Dates:Sundays, Feb. 24, Mar 3, 10 (snow date: March 17)
  • Time:12:30-4:00pm
  • Price $ 270 members / $295 non-members

Introduction to Abstract Art with Rachel Volpone

Rachel Volpone Archive: Workshops

Three Day Workshop

Sundays, Feb. 24, Mar 3, 10 (snow date: March 17)


$270 members / $295 non-members

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“Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes.”
―Arshile Gorky

This introduction to abstract art focuses on using water-based/acrylic paint and materials in traditional and untraditional ways. Students will jumpstart their work in a fun, non-intimidating manner. Building a visual vocabulary through explorations of line, shape, color and mark making will be emphasized. Inspiration and confidence gained from these opening exercises provide the framework to start to communicate using an authentic and unique voice. The class will also look to historic and contemporary abstract artists and their studio practices for further insight into this art form.

Please note, this class will be using acrylic paints.

Please bring the following materials below to the first session.

Required Materials:

Creative Wedge


roll of freezer paper to be used as a palette

(2) water containers –for example, plastic tubs like Trader Joe cookies or large plastic soup containers


Paint Colors

Flow Golden Acrylic Colors –please make sure you have a ZINC White, a red, blue, yellow and black. You can buy a basic set as long as they have these primary colors. If you don’t buy a preselected set of Golden Flow colors, I recommend – Alizarin Crimson or Cadmium Red (Medium), Phalo Blue (Green Shade), Cadmium Yellow (light) or Hansa Yellow


Titanium White–Structured or Heavy Body large tube. *Please note the Titanium White is opaque and Zinc White is transparent. You’ll need both whites.


Several paint brushes–at the very least, make sure you have a Bright or a Flat brush that measures 2 inches across as well as 1 inch flat; 1/2″ flat; and a smaller Round brush for detail work. Bigger is better!


Graphite pencils

Stretched canvas or heavy weight (120lb or above) printmaking or smooth watercolor paper at least 18″x24″–larger is better.


Suggested Materials:

spray bottle

trowel from hardware store

disposable latex gloves if you don’t want to get paint on your hands

Liquetex gloss medium and varnish (this is one product not two!)

Matt medium