Using book illustrations and a piece of Karen Jelenfy’s original work, students will reflect on artists’ use of abstraction as a response to the landscape. Artists to be explored include Andrew Wyeth, Emily Carr, Joan Mitchell, and John Walker.
An original painting by the instructor will then be viewed. Participants will discuss the influence of remembered places and other works of art (such as books, films, music) on the painting, in addition to contemplating the materials and colors used.
After a brief demonstration by the instructor, students will create 2 painted works in response to a landscape, either chosen from the materials provided or done from memory. Individual instruction throughout. If you have participated in Karen’s spring class, new information will be explored so consider this both a standalone class for new students or Part 2 for prior students! An informal critique will complete the class. All materials included. Bring a brown-bag lunch!
About the instructor: Karen Jelenfy has lived and painted in Midcoast Maine since 2004. She is also an educator and writer with an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has been exhibited at All Roads Hub, Bridgton, and University of New England Gallery, Portland.