Abstract Expressionism Workshop – Focus on Helen Frankenthaler

30 Mar


Last week the girls painted freely in this abstract expressionist workshop. I asked them to first draw “happy lines”, “sad lines”, and “silly lines” to give them an idea of how to express emotion through shapes and line rather than literal figures and symbols. Then the girls were given cardstock and paint and I asked them to paint any emotion or a mixture of emotions trying to use only line and shape rather than words, symbols, or figures. Helen Frankenthaler’s stunning work was the inspiration for this particular lesson.



















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2 Responses to “Abstract Expressionism Workshop – Focus on Helen Frankenthaler”

  1. Nancy November 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Saw the wonderful results of your Helen Frankenthaler workshop earlier this yr. I am an experienced watercolorist and wc teacher. Want to experiment with abstract expressionism, HF style. I live near Portland. Any ideas of how to get started. Love your work. Nancy Ryan

  2. Info Aesthetic May 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Reblogged this on information aesthetic and commented:
    “Every canvas is a journey all its own.” -Helen Fankenthaler

    How beautiful! Well done, ladies. I do believe that Ms. Frankenthaler would have been impressed.

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