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What’s Abstract Art?

Let’s make artwork in the styles of the Abstract Expressionists…it’s not as easy as it looks!

Have you ever looked at a piece of art in a museum and thought, “What’s the big deal? A toddler could do that.” Or, perhaps imaginative lines, colors, and shapes are what you prefer to realistic art. Either way, let’s look at some of the Abstract Expressionists like Rothko, Pollock, Kandinsky, de Kooning, and Gorky and see what they were about. We’ll make work in their styles…and it’s not as easy as it looks!

Lisa Kaija received her BA in Art History at Dartmouth College and her K-6 General Education/Visual Arts teaching certification through the Upper Valley Teacher Institute. During the last thirty years, she taught all subjects in grades K-4 and some subjects in grade 5-6 in various Upper Valley public and private schools. She has trained mid-life career changers to become teachers and raised five children with her husband, Kevin. Lisa revels in teaching art. The question she dodges most often is “Are you an artist?,” since she considers herself a teacher first and an artist second, and elementary art teachers need to know a little about a lot of different art forms. She thrives on challenges and enjoys being creative with people of any age.

IMPORTANT: The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our #1 priority. If, due to circumstances beyond our control, it becomes necessary for Artistree to close its doors this fall, any in-progress classes will move to an online format.  Our instructors and patrons will keep in mind that a transition to virtual learning is a possibility. Artistree will issue no refunds or credits for classes that cannot continue to run in person and must move to a virtual platform.