Abstract Painting with Andrea Wedell

DATE: March 10, 2018
TIME: 10 AM – 2 PM
LOCATION: Healdsburg High School, Art Room
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Making abstract art is all about improvisation and the exhilarating process of calling and responding to what you’re doing as you go along. The end result of a successful painting, often combines qualities of spontaneous aliveness and effortless grace. 




In this workshop you’ll gain confidence with your abstract painting, by:

  • Learning key composition concepts that you can easily apply, 
  • Experimenting with how shapes play against each other,
  • Learning to use value changes effectively to strengthen the work, 
  • Harmonizing color to make it sing,
  • Glazing color for nuance and jewel like depth,
  • Making exciting marks to add rhythm and variety to the work.

With these skills, you’ll be ready to focus on where to draw inspiration, and will be guided to create paintings that express your own visual vocabulary and singular voice. The demonstrations and practice will be about making abstract art with water based acrylic paint

About Andrea:

With a long history of studying art in France, Andrea has a bachelor of Arts from UCLA.  She studied under acclaimed Beaux Art teachers Michele Massiou and Jacqueline Guillermain for over 10 years in Paris. She worked with abstract artist and educator Marianne Mitchell in Colorado for two years to further develop her multi -layering abstract technique.She began exhibiting regularly at the Grand Marche d’Art Contemporain before becoming a permanent artist with Galerie BE Espace also in Paris for 10 years. Her work has been published by Les Editions Arcadia in France. In California, she’s a featured artist at Toadfish Contemporary Gallery in Sausalito.She has been making art for two decades, and teaching for one. 





Materials List

8 (or more) 12 x 12 – or other sizes you prefer-  gesso panel boards – either cradled or flat (Ampersand brand Gessobords™highly recommended),

Small container of gesso

Yes ! glue (if you want to do collage)

Paper palettes

Painting knives 

A few brushes (you can bring what you have – or buy « chip brushes » at Home Depot or any hardware store

Paper towels

Pencils for quick,compositional sketching and mark making

Wax paper to cover and carry wet paintings 

Trash bags

Palette cups

An open mind ☺

Minimum basic palette of oil or acrylix colors:

Titanium White (large tube)

Zinc White

Paynes grey

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Red Light or Winsor Red

Cadmium Yellow

Cadmium Lemon

Cerulean Blue, Manganese Hue, or

 Sevres Blue (by Rembrandt™) — pick one of these greenish blues

French Ultramarine Blue

Colors you can add later:

Perm Rose, Perm Madder Deep (Rembrandt), Cad Red

Deep, Cad Orange, Mars Red or Violet, Burnt Sienna,

Indian Yellow, Yellow Ochre Pale, Cad Green Pale, Perm

Green Light, Winsor Emerald, Oxide of Chromium,

Viridian, Mauve Blue Shade, Perm Mauve, 

Mediums :

Liquitex mat fluid medium

Liquitex comes in varying thicknesses – choose a thicker one in addition to the fluid one

Extras : solid marker (solidified paint)

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