Framing demonstration and Abstract Expressionism

The session began with gallery staff Roger Hutchins providing a talk and demonstration on framing

Hinging the mount board to ensure a good fit

Later the group went on to explore Abstract Expressionism an American modernist art movement from the 1940’s which like Expressionism shared the view that human emotions were the true subject of Art. Influenced by the work of Picasso, Matisse and Miro, Abstract Expressionists used gesture, form, colour and texture to depict human inner turmoil.
Using acrylic paints and mount board today’s 21 member strong class used glue spreaders and old plastic store cards to explore and develop a variety interesting techniques based on the styles and concepts of the Abstract Expressionist movement.
(Link for more information http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_expressionism)

Dave M. discovered that by waiting until the paint was just dry enough he could achieve a variety of interesting textures using his plastic card. His above work is also reminiscent of Jackson Pollock’s radical Action Painting.


George’s works with form and texture to achieve interesting results

Julia’s exciting exploratory work using a plastic card heaped with acrylic paint.

Carol’s experimental exploration of texture

Kate’s painting evolved over a variety of stages.
A nice selection of the group’s work making the most of drying time on the underfloor heating.
Ann choose to explore colour and texture using pastels
From the Art & Soul Drawer

Allan’s painting from the Town Hall Exhibition
George’s exciting pastel work on black card
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs

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