Expressive Abstract Painting and Collage at OMEGA

Reclaim Your Creative Freedom  July 7 – 11, 2014

This workshop is now open for registration.  Space is limited.

Me DemonstratingCreating images, whether symbolic, representational, or purely abstract, is a primal creative act.  It is part of who we are as humans, and is accessible to everybody, no matter what level of experience.  Making marks feels good, and gets us back in touch with an instinctive, not-verbal way of expressing ourselves.  Yet we so often face frustration, self-doubt, and other forms of resistance when encountering the Blank Canvas, or later on in the art process when our pieces fall flat, or don’t come out as we’d envisioned.  If making images is so instinctive, fun, and accessible (children do it all the time!), why is it so hard? What expectations and obstacles have we unknowingly put in the way that of free-flowing creative expression?

One of the keys to reclaiming that freedom is working in multiples, or Working In Series.  Each day of this workshop you will be given specific guidelines and examples, and will work on multiple pieces within those parameters.  Working in series is a process, a way of formatting your art practice, rather than a goal or a finished product.

Discover a multitude of creative techniques for combining paint, collage, and mark-making as we work through each day’s series with an attitude of curiosity and playfulness.  Reclaim your creative freedom, and find your own groove.

Both beginners and experienced artists are welcome. The techniques involved are accessible, and everyone can work at their own level. We will be using acrylic paint, collage papers, and drawing materials. This workshop is particularly appropriate for artists who feel blocked or stale, and need some fresh inspiration.