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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Abstract Landscape Painting: 5 Week Online Class

Amanda Hawkins Paintings

About Abstract Landscape Painting: 5 Week Online Class

A five week class with Amanda Hawkins

Tuesdays, May 18 – June 15, 2-5pm

How do you experience nature? Some climb the biggest mountain they can find, others
comb the beach or cultivate colorful gardens in their backyard. Abstract landscape painting
allows us to relive these moments in nature and capture those fleeting moments of exhilaration,
nostalgia and serenity through color and mark.

This 5-session Abstract Landscape Painting workshop will provide access to the vocabulary and fundamentals of abstraction through the lens of landscape painting. We will use reference photos to remind us of powerful moments had in the landscape, and channel thisenergy into color and mark. Each class will begin exercises that explore the intersection of abstract language and landscape painting through exercises in drawing, acrylic paint, and collage. These methodologies will be further explored on larger, more involved canvases during open studio time. The combination of guided exercises and open studio sessions provides the structure to introduce new methodologies of creation, and the freedom to explore, experiment and play. Amanda is ready to help you make more informed decisions on the canvas, trust your instinct, and most importantly, to ensure you make the work that you want to make.

This workshop is meant to provide access to the vocabulary of abstraction for all-level artists. Attendees can expect to complete several experimental drawings, collages and acrylic paintings
on 9×12 paper, develop preparatory work for larger canvases, build and mix unconventional
palettes, and execute 3-4 acrylic paintings during this workshop.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is pleased to offer this five week class that explores the intersection of art and nature. The interactive class will be limited to 12 students and will be offered on Zoom. The direct link will be emailed to students prior to class.

Instructor Bio:

Amanda K. Hawkins is an award winning painter living and working in Boston, MA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art in 2014 and is currently a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts from Boston University. Amanda exhibits her work throughout New England, teaches painting workshops across North America, and has work in private collections across the globe. She maintains an active blog, sharing her studio practice with over 25K people worldwide. If Amanda isn’t in the studio, she’s likely swimming in the sea or exploring the New England backcountry.


  • 9×12 pad of paper (Stonehenge Paper recommended)
  • Scissors
  • Value chart
  • 5-7 pieces of colored and/or patterned paper (magazine, newspaper, old photos, etc)
  • Matte Medium
  • Newsprint
  • Gesso
  • Charcoal stick
  • Ruler or yardstick
  • Palette (Masterson Sta-Wet Palette recommended)
  • Palette knife
  • Sketchbook (Size and style is up to you! Amanda will use a 8×10 Moleskine sketchbook.)
  • Stonehenge printmaking paper, size 22×30 (1 sheet)


  • (2) 8×10”
  • (2) 20×30” or similar
  • (3) 12×16” or similar

Brushes (Your usual brushes should be fine, below are my recommendations.)

  • Round 4, 8, 12
  • Flat (or angle) .5”, 1”, 2”
  • 2” Flat *mandatory

Paint (Acrylic, I recommend Golden Open)

  • Mars Black
  • Titanium White
  • Quinacridone MagentaNapthol Red
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Raw SiennaPhthalo Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue

Email Donna at for information regarding partial or full financial assistance or questions about the class.

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