Adult Studio Workshop

Abstraction through Language


Sunday, October 14, 2018
2 – 6 pm
Scheuer Auditorium

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Explore the language of abstraction in this one-day painting workshop taught by contemporary artist Yevgeniya Baras and inspired by the exhibition Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922. Beginning with a poem, an email, or other personally meaningful words, participants will translate letters into abstract forms as they create an original composition with acrylic and mixed media on canvas.

Following close study and discussion of paintings by Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky, and Kazimir Malevich in the galleries, learn step-by-step techniques in the studio for combining abstraction and text in painting, and work on developing formal vocabularies for communicating the meaning of words through shape, line, color, and material.

Yevgeniya Baras is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BA and MS from the University of Pennsylvania (2003) and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007). She is represented by Nicelle Beauchene Gallery and her work has been reviewed in The New York Times and Art in America. Baras has participated in several residency programs including the Chinati Foundation, Yaddo, the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program and the MacDowell Colony. In 2018 she was a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner grant and has also received the Artadia Prize (2015) and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Emerging Artist Prize (2014). Baras is a co-founder of Regina Rex Gallery, and she has organized over twenty exhibitions at Regina Rex and other galleries in NY, Chicago, and Philadelphia. She currently teaches at RISD and Sarah Lawrence College.

Course Fee: $120 General; $100 Jewish Museum Members
All materials included; All skill levels welcome.

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El Lissitzky, Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge, 1919–20/1965–80, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

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