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Abstract art classes offered this week

on August 18, 2013 1:45 AM

Indiana artist Julie Bernstein Engelmann is offering “Abstract Acrylic and Latex: From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition,” a two-part painting class, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Indiana Art Association Studio at The Artists Hand Gallery, 732 Philadelphia St., Indiana.

The class is open to Indiana Art Association members and nonmembers alike.

This class is a chance to let happy accidents serve artists to create amazing paintings that they would never be able to plan ahead of time. Wednesday evening will be beautiful mess-making time in acrylic and poured latex. Artists will practice several happy-accident techniques. Saturday will focus on finding the stories in the paint, removing the parts that distract, and enhancing the delight and composition of the paintings. By discussing as a group, each student may accrue more wisdom than in a 1:1 critique.

The class is $55 for IAA members and $75 for nonmembers. Artists are asked to bring whatever acrylic colors they have, or buy three colors for which Engelmann will provide the latex paint in many colors for pouring.

Also needed are two canvases, minimum 18 by 24, maximum 22 by 28; brushes: large, medium, small (bring what you have); a large, sturdy water cup; paper towels; palette knife; and spray-mist bottle if you have them.

For Wednesday only: Eight paint-stirring sticks or other sticks to keep the painting off the tablecloth to drip; newspapers to drip onto. Helpful: paper cups (about six) for mixing paint.

For Saturday only: a large, flat palette or surface covered with freezer paper or wax paper. Helpful: easel or table easel.

Artist and instructor Engelmann uses acrylic and poured latex paint to create inspiring and free-spirited abstracts that “even regular people enjoy.”

She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College in New York City, where she studied with abstract expressionist Milton Resnick. Engelmann is represented by The Artists Hand Gallery in Indiana, Gallerie Chiz in Pittsburgh and James Ratliff Gallery in Sedona, Ariz.

To register for the classes, go to the Indiana Art Association classes Webpage at

There you can register online using PayPal. To register by mail, send registration to Indiana Art Association, c/o The Artists Hand Gallery, 732 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA 15701.

If you register after Monday, contact Engelmann at (724) 357-9149 or to be sure there is room. There is a maximum of nine students for the classes.

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