Art Workshops

Art Workshops and speciality courses with Liana Vargas are offered for beginners to experienced painters from Duthy Street Art Studio and Atelier Crafers

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Beautiful Expression - Abstract Painting

  • Duthy Street Art Supplies 6 Duthy Street Unley, SA, 5061 Australia (map)
Helen Frankenthaler - our inspiration

Helen Frankenthaler - our inspiration

Abstract Expressionism

4th in my Abstract Painting Workshop Series

Discover and enjoy the freedom and all the possibilities of creating your original abstract painting without limiting your Colour Palette but rather exploring the emotional content of colours.

4 hour workshop in Acrylic or Oil Paint. Ideal for experimentation

Tuition Fee: $130* (Canvases are not included in the fee.)

*$10 (per workshop) discount applies when booking and pre paying into more than one workshop at the same time.

Helen Frankenthaler - INSPIRATIONAL ARTIST

Amongst the large abstracted forms poured onto canvas, Frankenthaler applied delicate gestural marks that pocked the piece in an almost lyrical fashion. As her work progressed, Frankenthaler embraced the unique colour style of the Fauvist movement. Through wild brush strokes and a separatist colour treatment, Frankenthaler seamlessly meshed her signature painting style with the impressionistic nature of Fauvism.

Through her process, Frankenthaler placed a greater emphasis on colour theory and the medium’s potential rather than form; evoking a new kind of emotion through colour exploration. As such, Frankenthaler was a key influential character within the Colour Field movement, which spawned such esteemed artists as Landfield, Noland, and Rothko.

Frankenthaler was not strictly limited to one medium; in addition to painting she was an avid print maker and sculptor. Frankenthaler’s innovative method, coupled with her unique handling of colour and ability to adapt her work to alternative mediums truly cemented Helen Frankenthaler as one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century; a huge accomplishment for anyone, let alone a woman in a world ever-abundant with men.

“What concerns me when I work, is not whether the picture is a landscape, or whether it’s pastoral, or whether somebody will see a sunset in it. What concerns me is – did I make a beautiful picture?” – Helen Frankenthaler

The Workshop:  In this one-day workshop participants will be shown techniques and skills in how to approach and create contemporary abstract paintings.  I have developed a 'meditative and original' process where encouragement is given to experiment with different applications of paint using not just paint brushes but fingers, palms, palette knives, cloth and rags ect in multiple ways... including spray bottles. 

Duthy Street Art Supplies will be open on the day for you to shop to your hearts content if you wish.  

What to bring on the day; Acrylic Paint is recommended for this workshop

  • If you re a beginner the girls at Duthy Street Art Supplies can set you up with a beginners acrylic or oil painting kit.

  • Palette knifes and rags

  • Flat Painting Palette

  • Oil painters you will to start your first layers with acrylic paint

  • Oil painters, odourless solvent and mediums are a must in studio

  • LARGE Brushes and some average sized brushes

  • Rags and paper towels

  • Spray Bottle

  • Largish containers to put your paint in and for your brush water

  • Paper Towels, Baby wipes

  • Plastic bag (for your used paper towels and rags)


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