Purposeful Doodles: An Intro to Abstract Painting

Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim.jpeg
Guthrie and af Klint.jpeg
Hilma af Klint via Sarah Guthrie.PNG
Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim.jpeg
Guthrie and af Klint.jpeg
Hilma af Klint via Sarah Guthrie.PNG

Purposeful Doodles: An Intro to Abstract Painting


Inspired by Hilma af Klint with Sarah C.B. Guthrie, MFA

Thursday, November 21, 7-9pm

Led by professional artist and artist coach, Sarah C.B. Guthrie, MFA (pictured here with af Klint’s artwork), this course will take you through some basics of mixing colors--including Hilma's gorgeous palette of neutrals--and get you comfortable using different brushes and markers to make oodles of doodles and shapes. Participants will have fun getting comfortable with these tools and paints and then create their own version of a painting in the style of Hilma af Klint.

Sarah's introduction to abstract acrylic painting classes are inspired by artists who are underrepresented in museums, catalogs, and art history books, but who, more recently, are gaining attention and changing the art world. Working with fun, easy to clean and use acrylic paint, participants will get a little insight into art history and painting processes while learning some of the basics of abstract painting.

Who was Hilma af Klint? An abstract painter born in Sweden in 1862, she was painting abstracts--including large scale paintings--before Kandinsky, who is frequently credited as being the first abstract painter. Hilma's work brings in visual elements of mysticism, science, and mathematics to create gorgeous, playful, and meaningful paintings. Instructor Sarah was lucky enough to see her exhibit at the Guggenheim earlier this year and shared, "To find out that the first abstract artist was a woman--and not Kandinsky--changes the contemporary art history books and all the stories we've heard--and was profoundly meaningful to me as an artist."

This workshop is for beginners or experienced artists--anyone interested in learning more about acrylic abstract painting or play with af Klint's approach to painting.

This class includes:

  • Sarah's professional instruction on acrylic painting technique and some foundations of color mixing and abstract composition

  • Your completed abstract acrylic painting in the style of Hilma af Klint, as well as your color mixing sheet

  • All the brushes, paint, and other supplies needed to complete your project in class.

  • A supply list with Sarah's favorite art supplies, brand, where to find them, and how to set up your space so you can practice at home.

  • A bio about Hilma af Klint and images of her work.

  • Bonus: Sarah's Top 5 Tips for moving past fear and anxiety at the blank canvas.

Cancellation policy:

The purchase of this class is final, however if something comes up and you cannot make it, you may find a replacement for your seat. Please email hello@studiolifeseattle.com with your replacement request. StudioLife reserves the right to cancel or change workshops. In the rare event of cancellation, StudioLife will provide a full refund.

Photos and video may be taken and used in social media and on our website during this workshop.

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