Abstract Expressionism Workshop – Focus on Helen Frankenthaler

“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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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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