Monthly Archives: June 2013

In Flow and Ease

My recent painting, In Flow and Ease, won the First Place Professional award at the Indiana Art Association Spring Show, Indiana, PA, June 7, 2013.

In Flow and Ease, by Julie Bernstein Engelmann, Acrylic and latex on unprimed canvas, 24"Hx18"W

In Flow and Ease, by Julie Bernstein Engelmann, Acrylic and latex on unprimed canvas, 24″H x 18″W

I used this same painting to create a sheet of flowy stationery that I’m offering as a gift for people to download and print who sign up for my freeĀ Beauty & Spirit Note from the studio. If you’re already signed up, I’ll include a link in upcoming newsletters.

Free In Flow and Ease stationery to download and print

Free In Flow and Ease stationery to download and print

In other news…I gave a talk on Abstract Art–my principles and stories — at the Greensburg Art Center, Greensburg, PA, May 13, 2013.

Greensburg Art Center, Greensburg, PA, May 13, 2013

What I learned from the young ones

In May I had the intense experience of a month-long residency teaching abstract painting to K-12th graders in a therapeutic school setting.

I’ve taught Abstract Acrylic Painting dozens of times over the past nine years, refining my methods each time to better help students avoid pitfalls and quickly reach a level of comfort and freedom of expression through their materials.

Teaching a workshop at the East Suburban Artists League, Murrysville, PA, April 13, 2013.

Little did I know the kids would change my game forever. They showed me that the steps I was teaching could be collapsed even further, which has led me to develop a new course called From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition. I will be teaching this workshop several times in July and August, and then developing it into an online course. To keep informed, sign up for my freeĀ Beauty & Spirit Note from the studio.

Student working

Residency final exhibit, May 30, 2013

Residency final exhibit, May 30, 2013