Explore the imaginative world of Abstract Painting in Acrylic!
Students of all ages and skill levels will be encouraged to step "out of the box" and paint from their imagination and emotions. Learn the basic elements of design, options available in mediums, methods of application, colors, blending, and more. Techniques will vary from beginner to advanced based on each student's painting experience. Visual and text references will be available to guide students as they begin their abstract journeys. Varied mediums, specialty tools, assorted brushes, and special paint colors will be provided for students to use during class.
About the Instructor:
Born in New York and raised in LA, Elaine Cohen is a mostly self-taught artist working in the mediums of sculpture and abstract painting. She was featured in "Emerging Artists" on PBS White House Chronicles on three separate episodes, and she had her work accepted into the Smithsonian National Portrait Competition for the opening of the new Portrait Gallery. She has been showing her work locally at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts for the last two years and the Laguna Art-A-Fair exhibition for the past eight years.
"Upon entering my very first set of abstract painting classes with Elaine Cohen, I felt I was entering into a new phase of my art journey. I knew immediately I was going to find a place to learn, express myself and meet other fabulous like-minded people on this abstract journey, and I have! Elaine gives you the freedom to express yourself even if you are a beginner to this art form, as I was. I discover something new every time I now pick up a brush and start a new canvas. Elaine gives you her time, her talent and her heart as you enter into her classes at San Clemente Center for the Arts."
- RoseMarie Davio, student
"It's never too late to make a change in your artwork, in your style. Elaine Cohen helped me to shift from an entirely representation style of painting to a more abstract form of expression. I needed her help in order to think in a fresh and new way after years of academic training and three years of grad school in a strongly representational and traditional teaching manner. Elaine pushed me to try new techniques, fresh color and to let my inner soul sing. Abstract painting is different, more difficult in my opinion, than to paint what I see in a landscape or still life. Abstract is from within, my inner soul, and a discover process that takes time and effort to 'see'. Elaine helped me to let go of my old ideas and explore new ones."
- Gina Howie, student
"Hi Elaine, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your abstract painting class last Saturday. What a cool woman you are! And so passionate and connected to what you do. There's no doubt your work comes from a deep place inside. I appreciate all the information and advice you gave and your down to earth and honest approach. It was the impetus I needed to start on my own journey of abstract painting. I've know in my heart this is something I've wanted to do but like you I have children to raise (and still am) so I've had to hold back on my own pursuits. Your class has given me a real good starting point. I feel inspired. Thanks again."
The student should supply two canvases 24 by 36 or larger, either standard or gallery wrap.
If you have acrylic paints and your own tools and mediums you can bring them
I will supply other paints and mediums and bring tools they can use for special techniques
I will also provide some treated paper for practice and for a certain technique.
Bring some items or clippings for collage.
Inexpensive acrylic paint student grade:
Raw umber regular
Blue cerulean and ultramarine
Red iron oxide
cad yellow medium
permanent green light or any green you can get
A few paint brushes.
Also ask the student to bring a hair dryer for this class.