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Abstract Sketching and the Creative Process

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September 6, 2024
September 7, 2024
10:00 - 4:00
Participate: In-Person Online
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Workshop Overview

Immerse yourself in the creation of abstract images inspired by Sitka's natural environment through guided prompts and experimental methods. Unleash your creativity as we explore diverse drawing, painting, and layering techniques crafted to infuse depth and interest into your artwork. We will work intuitively, seamlessly blending the real with the imaginary. Tailored for artists seeking to expand their creative process, this workshop is uniquely designed for the Sitka environment. Offering support and encouragement, it actively encourages students to reflect, explore, and expand their creative expression, drawing inspiration directly from the surroundings for a truly personalized and enriching artistic experience.

About the Instructor(s)

Lauren Ohlgren, from Corvallis, Oregon, has taught mixed media, book arts and travel journaling through Linn Benton Community College for over 13 years. She has a strong penchant for creating art communities and getting others to play. Ohlgren was the curator of Journal 365, A Page A Day community project in 2015 and The She Project, 2005-2013. Ohlgren is also the author of 2005 award winning book, The She Project; How ‘She’ Inspired a Community.

Materials List: Students Bring

Sketchbook or notebook for jotting down notes and warm up exercises.

2-3 waterproof black sketching pens of various nib sizes (fine, medium, bold)

1-2 water soluble black sketching pens

Variety of soft and hard graphite pencils (permanent and/or water soluble)

Bring other favorite drawing tools which MAY include: colored pencils, oil pastels, inktense pencils/blocks, watercolor pencils, gel pens, Posca pens, Maribu Art pens, etc

Watercolors or gouache (in tubes or pans), 3-5 colors that make up a limited palette.

2-3 medium to large size brushes of different sizes (ex. 8, 10, or 12 round, or 1" or bigger flat)

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

140 lb Fabriano Artistico Hot press Watercolor paper for journals

Canson XL 18"x 24" mixed media paper for journals

Extra Watercolors/brushes

Extra Gouache

Small water spray bottles

Assortment of pens, graphite, colored pencils, sticks, colored inks for students to experiment with

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