2020 Workshop listing coming soon
“If you have the opportunity to take one of Amanda’s workshops, I highly recommend that you do so. This fresh, talented artist is a sensitive, committed teacher, who gives 100% to her students. Although I have been a professional artist for years, Amanda’s approach to abstract landscape has activated my art process.” -Karen Cain, BC
“Amanda has the rare ability to walk around a classroom and take each student from wherever they are to the next step with a gentle, but pointed, question or comment.” - Liz Hunter, ME
How do you experience nature? Some people climb the biggest mountain they can find, others prefer beach combing the coast, while others cultivate their backyards into pristine gardens. How can we capture that energy and express those fleeting feelings of exhilaration, nostalgia, or serenity on the canvas?
This workshop explores abstraction, color and mark through the lens of landscape painting. We will transform our reference imagery into rich, energetic, abstract paintings. Each morning we will explore and experiment through warm-up exercises, and each afternoon will be used as open studio time with ample guidance and one-on-one time with Amanda. The sequential layout of this class will give students the tools and confidence to take chances and make informed decisions on the canvas.
Intro to Abstraction
An introduction to thinking, drawing and painting in an abstract manner. Pulling cues from reality, we will use the still life as input for abstraction. Students will explore mark marking techniques, build color palettes, and trick their minds in thinking differently through a series of non-traditional drawing and painting exercises. The result will be a series of non-objective paintings that highlight color relationship and mark making. We will study the work of Henri Matisse, David Hockney, and Robert Motherwell.
Painting and hiking both culminate in a meditative experience. The terrain is never honestly portrayed on a map, the distance is always a little longer, and the trail is always steeper than my expectation. The alpine zone is an earned landscape, as are my paintings.
My landscape paintings push the timeless formal qualities of the genre into a contemporary context. The paintings experiment with shifting ground planes, reduced into shapes and values, and rebuilt with layers of reactive mark-making. The history of mark is celebrated through unexpected pops of colors and awkward negative spaces. My paintings reference memories, both printed photographs and mental imagery, resulting in emotionally-charged reflections of my past experiences.
Amanda is a painter, teacher, and project manager in Boston, MA.