Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More about teaching art online

Carla and Steve Sonheim, creative gurus
It was a fun weekend here in Joshua Tree. My friends from Seattle, Carla and Steve Sonheim, came to film the video portion of my upcoming online class. Carla and Steve are both talented artists. Carla paints, draws and basically blows me away with everything she does. Steve is an amazing photographer, full of creative, innovative ideas. He is also doing the filming and editing for all of the online art classes Carla offers on her website. Wizards!

My studio was turned into a film set for a few days, and I discovered how strange it feels to draw and paint surrounded by cameras.

Lots of laughing and catching up makes for what I hope will be a fun class. If you are interested, just leave a comment or email me and I will do my best to keep you informed. We hope to have the class sign up ready by the end of the week.

The class is called "Finding your voice through abstraction." It is a painting class, geared towards helping you free yourself from recognizable imagery in order to discover your own way of painting. It is recommended for people who have painted before, but I think you will have fun even if it's been awhile. There is a lot of risk taking and exploration built into the exercises, and I will demonstrate some of my painting techniques. The class starts March 17th and continues until March 28th, 2014. There are six lessons in all, and the cost is $85. Even if you don't plan to paint abstractly, I think you will enjoy this class, since the things you discover about yourself will translate into any kind of art you end up creating.

"Privacy." Oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches.


melanie reed said...

I love Carla and have taken several of her classes. However, I mostly paint abstractly so although very fun, not all of her classes are relevant for me. Your new class sounds perfect. and I love would I've seen so far on your blog.

Patty said...

Wow Karine! This is a very cool project - good for you!

eva a(r)t work said...

Hi Karine,
I've watched the intro-video on Carla's blog and I'm in!
Best wishes,

Leah said...

that's fun that you share the process of producing the online class and your feelings/thoughts about it. I hope it's successful and i think it's a great topic, to explore your voice and feelings through art and abstract painting!

Karine Swenson said...

Hi Melanie, Eva! Thanks for your comments. I will be happy to have you both in my class. We are going to have fun! Leah, will you be joining us too?

Patty, I will let you know how it all goes. I am looking forward to the possibility that I might be telling you about it IN PERSON! wow!

Lone said...

Hi Karine, I was just introduced to your abstract class today and it looks interesting :)

Have to ask, if I sign up now, when the 2 weeks are almost over, will I get any feedback or is it just during the 2 first weeks that you will be offering that to your students ?

I want to express myself combining some figuration and abstraction ....

So I would be interested in knowing some more :)?

Best wishes Lone Søderberg

Karine Swenson said...

Hi Lone,
I have committed to giving feedback to students taking my class through the weekend. (Sunday, March 30th). After that, the class becomes more like a self study. There is a really good chance we will be offering this class again. You may want to send me your email address and I can email you when we offer it again. (karine@karineswenson.com) Thank you for your interest in my class.