Material Abstraction – D0712-19

Date: Jul 15 - 19, 2019

Skill Level(s): III i

Instructor(s): Yevgeniya Baras

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


This project-based, abstract painting workshop provides students with specific prompts that generate a distinctly personal visual language. Exercises encourage personal research and mining for inspiration. Students engage in technical exploration, perception, concept development, intuition, invention, representation and communication. Different ways of working with paint are explored as well as integrating alternative painting materials. Students expand on preconceptions about painting. Curiosity and permissive exploration are encouraged, allowing students to take their abstract painting to unexpected new territory.

Media & Techniques:

Students make abstract paintings in the medium of their choice on canvas and experiment with the incorporation of other material, such as fabric, yarn and sand.


One painting is created per day, each inspired by a daily prompt. Students also engage in research and sketching. There are critiques, both one-on-one and in a group setting, reviews of sketches/source materials for upcoming paintings and studio time.


Yevgeniya Baras received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her work in several New York City galleries and internationally. Yevgeniya is represented by Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York and shows with the Landing Gallery in Los Angeles. She currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and Sarah Lawrence College.

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