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Painting Improvisations: A Visual Jazz Exploration Week of March 30-April 4 , 2014

$650.00 – $3,550.00 (based on accommodation type)

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Workshop Details

The performing and visual arts share a common language and process. Visual artists can learn valuable lessons from jazz musicians, whose creations depend on exploration, improvisation, and collaboration.
This workshop will lead participants through a series of visual exercises that develop the skills needed for risk-taking in the arts. Participants can discover ways to remember the fearless play of childhood while letting go of concerns about “abiding by the rules” or “getting to the right answer/representational image.” Students will identify specific and universal aspects of the creative process that produce joy, and explore ways to infuse them more frequently into their art making. Participants with diverse interests will find ways to incorporate nonobjective abstraction (patterns, abstract designs, free-flowing marks, or “visual jazz”) into their creative process and final artwork.
Whether your artistic interests fall in landscape, figure, still-life, or abstract painting, there will be something valuable for you in this workshop. Each day, additional mystery materials will be provided to participants for group activities.
You can view Joanne’s artwork at
Recommended reading: Nachmanovitch, Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art.
($50 materials fee paid directly to the leader)


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