Most people say “Awe, abstract is easy! My kid can do that with their eyes closed!” Yeah, but they didn’t. All jokes aside, developing meaningful abstract work is not as easy as it looks. Whether you want to create an abstract from form (landscape or still life) or you want to create intuitive abstract (painting from intuition and the heart) you have to abstract from something. You have to simplify form or feelings into expressions with paint and colour. It begins with internalizing skills and techniques so you can stay in flow and focus on expression.
This small group workshop is the first of it’s kind and invaluable to Michele’s current process. It encompasses methods from fine art school and as a working artist over the past 20 years. These very techniques have guided Michele as a designer and painter – and clarifies her work to this day.
This is a look at Michele’s studio practice and what really happens behind the closed doors of an art studio dispelling the myths of an artist’s highlight reel often seen on Instagram. It includes an in-depth look at work flow by fostering individuality and creativity with a focus on how to develop your own unique perspective. All while learning techniques that will quiet your self critic that often inhibits artists from creating their best work.
In this 5 hour intensive workshop you will learn how to express ideas freely, paint abstract, layering, simplifying what’s important, and learn to develop colour studies by mixing custom colours.
This workshop is appropriate for all levels. If you have painted before or are a returning student your focus will be to further develop your ideas and techniques from a new perspective.
Participants will have an opportunity for personal Q & A during the break. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. The workshop will be held in Michele’s Moorabbin light filled studio limited to 6 spots.
Materials and supplies will be provided. If you already work with Acrylic paint or inks, or have favourite tools, bring them along if you would like to use them.
PRO TIP: You’ll get more out of the workshop if you can bring do the homework below OR bring an existing painting you want to develop further.
HOMEWORK TO BRING: Start noticing what inspires you. Gather inspiration that interests you. Photos that you the love colours, texture, shapes , tears from magazines, references to favourite artists, colour chips from bunnings, sketches from your own work, anything that you are already inspired by that you can show on the day. If you’re inspired, you can start to put these into a sketch book to create a visual diary.
- Techniques to overcome inner self critic
- Studio work flow of developing ideas into abstract paintings
- Paint abstract, working with grounds, layering, composition, and mixing colours
- A inspiring day in a light filled art studio. Tea, coffee, light snacks with Q & A
- Materials provided to leave with paper works to include in a visual diary.
- A painting on canvas, or wood panel ready to develop further or hang
- Headphones and a source of music (ie, spotify on your phone).
- Your welcome to bring in any art supplies you currently enjoy working with, although not necessary as supplies will be provided.
Casual (Warning: this might get messy)
Open to everyone interested!
Vendor since 2019
Michele is an American born contemporary painter living in Melbourne with her husband and two children. She has her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland Oregon, USA studying foundation fine art with an emphasis on graphic design and photography.
Prior to starting her painting practice she worked in the design industry for international giants such as Nike, Imagination, and her own boutique stationery company Cielo Blu, as well as having a freelance design practice. Michele’s extensive study of art, design, and practical application allowed her to push the limits of industry captains leading the market in products she helped produce.
The volume and breadth of commercially successful projects has given her insight in the current context of the art and design world. She has an in-depth understanding for abstracting ideas in intuitive forms, a love for minimal design, and how colour can impact one’s emotions. She has tackled her own inner self critic and learned how to quiet it to create her best work.
Michele’s abstract work explores conceptual themes related to her life experiences using intuitive techniques combined with mixed media mediums. She has skillfully taken her design and fine art background and reinvented herself as a fine art painter worth following, collecting and learning from.
Michele Luminato requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer. Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Michele Luminato to organise a refund or transfer
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1.) LIABILITY WAIVER
I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Michele Luminato.
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I agree to give Michele Luminato unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Michele Luminato classes and events or on Michele Luminato's premises. (For use of Michele Luminato marketing materials).
Michele Luminato requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer.
In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.