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Start with a Mark: Abstract art for All taught by Tara Tieso

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July 14 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Multi-Session Class

Meets via Zoom on 3 Sundays from 10am-12pm Central Time


Let’s start with a mark and see where it leads! 

Discover how to work abstractly, right away, and how it can open the creative gates to exploration of line, color, form, texture, pattern, composition and process and uniquely convey ideas, feeling and meaning.

We’ll learn how exploring color, and using easy techniques like removing and rescaling elements, simplifying details, or reinterpreting them can open up our imagination.

And bonus(!) here’s an opportunity to break out all those pens, pencils, markers, collage materials, paints, pastels, crayons, etc gathering dust and start making real art with them! Almost any media you already have is perfect for abstract work, but if your stash is running low, check out the supply suggestions below for ideas.

We’ll see where our first marks want to take us with guided exercises in class and fun explorations to try between classes. Abstract work can become your own style for further exploration, and will positively impact representational work too – No mark is a wasted mark! 

Experience the surprise, freedom, and delight in breaking the rules of classical art and discover a unique path to creativity through abstract expression!

Supply suggestions:

-A sketchbook of at least 5”x8” /A5 (if budget allows larger is even better), that lays flat, ideally hard cover and bound (with no spiral), with a paper weight of not less than 80lbs – Hahnemühle Nostalgie is my favorite 

-A basic ballpoint pen

– Any art supplies you enjoy using to make marks on paper will be a perfect fit in this class, but a basic kit could include (please note it is not required to have every item on this list!): 

– a small set of water-soluble color (5-8 colors you love – need not be primaries!), in the form you enjoy most – pencils, crayons, paint, markers, pastels, etc.

– water-soluble graphite – in the form you like best. Unsure? Try LYRA watersoluble graphite crayon

– a couple of waterproof fine liners pens in different sizes – those I use most include: Platinum fountain pens with Carbon ink, Sakura Pigma Microns, Tombow Fudenosuke (I like the hard nib), and Pentel Technica 

– a #2 (HB) pencil – regular or mechanical 

– if budget allows – drawing lead and a lead holder is a great versatile tool to have too

– for those interested in including collage (yes collage is great in abstract work(!), but not required), container of Mod Podge 

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About the artist:

Tara L Tieso is an abstract artist who lives and paints in the historic arts Lowertown neighborhood of Saint Paul, on the mighty Mississippi. She works in encaustic, an ancient beeswax and resin medium fused to its substrate with a torch. Tara also works in pen and ink, and loves water soluble colors of any type.

Tara is Past Board President of nationally celebrated WARM, Women’s Art Resources Minnesota – where she worked with other women in the arts to steward the rich 40-year feminist legacy of Minnesota’s brilliant women artists. She currently serves on the Board of The Show Non-Profit, which brings artists of all abilities together in creative community.  

As teaching artist, Tara facilitates Eagan Artist Connect, Wet Paint’s Book Club, and Creative Circles from her loft studio. 

A grateful recipient of the McKnight Foundation-funded Metropolitan Regional Arts Council’s Next Step Grant, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant; she is one of 30 ArtSage Minnesota Artists, and a winner of North Hennepin Community College Award of Excellence in Memory of Lance Kiland from the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Her work hangs in private collections in the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and Philadelphia.