Abstraction & the Potential for Narrative – D0715-18

Date: Jul 16 - 20, 2018

Skill Level(s): III i

Instructor(s): Clare Rojas

Tuition: $1,090
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $45


Analyze and develop your visual language in this intense painting workshop. Hone your skills to take meaningful and concise strides in your practice of abstract painting. We examine how our visual compositions have the potential to address political, social and historical motives within abstraction and narrative form. Students address the challenge of writing an effective artist statement of intent as an aide for harmonizing the symbols contained within visual narrative and the mysterious realm of abstraction. This workshop is also perfect for experienced representational painters who wish to take the leap to incorporating abstraction into their imagery.

Media & Techniques:

Students may choose to work in acrylic, gouache or oil on canvas, paper, wood or alternative substrates. Projects commence with drawing or collage, and mixing media and experimentation are encouraged.


We engage in slide lectures and discussions about historical and contemporary painting, readings, explorations and techniques for gathering imagery, instructor-led and self-directed painting prompts, ample studio time, and one-on-one and group critiques.


Clare Rojas earned her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of a Project Space Residency and Tournesol Award from Headlands Center for the Arts, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, Eureka Fellowship Award and Artadia Award. www.kavigupta.com/artist/clare-rojas/

You May Also Like

Exploring Personal Narratives & Storytelling through Representational Painting – D0203-19

Learn More

The Complexity & Distinctiveness of Color – D0407-19

Learn More

Material Abstraction – D0712-19

Learn More

The Structured Accident – D1325-19

Learn More