For Artists (that's you)

Freedom and confidence for the creative soul


Dear Artist,

You've seen abstract paintings that thrill and inspire you. "I want some of THAT," your heart announces. When you paint abstract, you taste a burst of freedom and triumph that lifts your soul!

Yet, are you left wondering, "Is this good art? Could it be improved? Is there more?"

Your friends say, "Hey, that's great!" or "I don't get it," but this is as far as the conversation goes. They really don't understand the language you are trying to speak. Does anyone?

My name is Julie Bernstein Engelmann, and yes, I understand! I help creative souls like you to gain confidence, competence, freedom and fulfillment in abstract painting.

As an artist with many years of education, exhibitions, awards, and teaching, my mission is to raise the bar on joy, understanding, and meaning in abstract painting for creative souls.

I invite you to work with me through Workshops and Classes or Artist Mentoring.



Workshops and Classes

My workshops and classes give you the hands-on experience of creating an intriguing and successful abstract painting: one with meaning, naturalness, and spatial flow.
  • First, you become comfortable with the materials of painting. This is a huge step in the making of any painting, but particularly an abstract one, because you can't lean on imagery. Paint is all you have, so it must be wonderful! How do you make it wonderful? By feeling wonderfully at home with your materials.

  • You learn to allow the paint to do much of the work for you. You create the painting organically so that it works as a whole. This is an important aspect of a good painting.

  • You'll use your own natural touch, so that your mark-making is personally meaningful and powerful.

  • After this luscious start, I'll help you see the magic that is already present in your painting. You bring it out by making surprisingly small adjustments to your painting's spatial depth and flow!

  • Meanwhile, you gain a better understanding of color, composition, and what makes a good painting good.
Students come away with a deeper understanding of abstract painting that took me decades to attain.

"Julie is fun, sweet, kind, enthusiastic, and a great teacher! She has the ability to help us see our artwork with fresh eyes looking for the good instead of focussing on the bad. It was a wonderful experience and I will take another class with her one of these days!"

"Very encouraging style; even her critiques were uplifting rather than downcasting."

"Julie is an excellent instructor. Her feedback was honest and sought after by everyone in the class. Her style of teaching resonated with me and I was able to walk out of the class with all of my goals met. Her passion for what she is doing is absolutely inspirational!"


Upcoming Classes and Workshops at the Sedona Arts Center

Luscious Abstractions!


Instructor: Julie Bernstein Engelmann
Location: Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336
Dates: Sat-Sun, February 4-5; or Sat-Sun, March 25-26; or Mon-Tue, April 17-18; or Mon-Tue, May 22-23, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm each day with an hour for lunch


Abstraction can be rich with depth, drama, and discovery! Julie's layering technique gives you a powerful foundation for abstract painting and helps you develop ease and freedom with paint. Through intuitive mark-making, luscious "happy accident," and strong composition you will create exciting paintings that surprise and engage you. Meanwhile, you will learn important design and color skills.

Through group discussion, participants will see each painting more deeply and understand how to enhance its impact. You'll take home two acrylic paintings - a paper collage and an 18x24” canvas panel - that speak to the mystery!

All experience levels welcome. Come as you are; all supplies provided.

Tuition: Member: $118.00 / Non-member: $130 | All materials included

Information & Register

About Julie: Artist Julie Bernstein Engelmann creates abstract art that speaks to the heart and spirit. Her luscious paintings in acrylic and poured latex paint have won many awards and were featured in a retrospective solo exhibition at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. Julie holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA from Barnard College in New York City, where she studied with Milton Resnick, first-generation Abstract Expressionist. Work as a textile colorist gave Julie valuable expertise in color harmony and color mixing that she shares in her classes and workshops. Julie teaches Luscious Abstractions on the faculty of the Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts. She currently shows at Gallery 527 in Jerome and the Sedona Arts Center Fine Art Gallery. Author of an eye-opening ebook for artists, How to Bring Your Abstract Art to Life, Julie is an inspiring and supportive mentor to artists. See Julie's art at www.julieengelmann.com.

Rescue & Revive Your Abandoned Paintings


Instructor: Julie Bernstein Engelmann
Location: Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336
Date: Wed, February 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm with an hour for lunch


Are paintings sitting in your studio unfinished? Perhaps your painting took a wrong turn and you never got back to it. Or you attended a workshop and didn't have time to resolve a piece. Pull it out and let's look with fresh eyes at how your painting can become not only finished, but an exciting artwork that you'll be thrilled you resurrected!

Most paintings get stalled because of problems that are actually easy to solve if you understand meaning, naturalness, and spatial flow in painting. These are Julie's favorite kinds of problems! She will demonstrate solutions to each painting, and you'll find her love for painting contagious. Each piece will receive focused attention, offering opportunities to learn from seeing different types of paintings transform.

Bring: one unfinished piece up to 24"x30” in size. Any style or medium (painting or drawing) is welcome. Acrylics are provided; please bring brushes and any other paint or supplies needed to work on your piece.

All experience levels welcome.

Tuition: Member: $64.00 / Non-member: $70

Information & Register

From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition

2-Day Pouring Workshop

Instructor: Julie Bernstein Engelmann
Location: Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336
Date: To be announced, early March 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm with an hour for lunch


Abstraction can be rich with depth and drama! In this 2-day workshop, you will combine luscious "happy accident" with strong composition to create a collage and a poured painting that surprise and delight you. In the process, you'll gain a powerful foundation for abstract painting and learn important design skills.

For a breathtaking start, you'll pour gorgeous latex colors onto paper and canvas to make a “beautiful mess.” Then, using collage and acrylic, respectively, you will focus on turning happy accident into strong composition. You'll find the 'stories' in the paint, make choices, deepen the space, remove parts that distract, and improve the flow.

Through group discussion, you will learn how to see each painting with more discernment and enhance its impact.

Bring: One canvas, size 18x24" or 20x24" (stretched). All other supplies are provided.
Notes:
- If you can't bring a canvas, I will provide a panel, but it is an inferior surface.
- Feel free to bring your own favorite brushes, acrylic colors, scissors, or other supplies.
- You might bring photos of recent artwork so I can better help you stay true to yourself.

All experience levels welcome.

Tuition: $180

If you prefer, mail a check payable to: Julie Bernstein Engelmann, 3970 E Montezuma Avenue, Rimrock, AZ 86335. Then, Email Julie that it is coming.

Questions? Email Julie.

About Julie: Artist Julie Bernstein Engelmann creates abstract art that speaks to the heart and spirit. Her luscious paintings in acrylic and poured latex paint have won many awards and were featured in a retrospective solo exhibition at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. Julie holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA from Barnard College in New York City, where she studied with Milton Resnick, first-generation Abstract Expressionist. Work as a textile colorist gave Julie valuable expertise in color harmony and color mixing that she shares in her classes and workshops. Julie teaches Luscious Abstractions on the faculty of the Sedona Arts Center School of the Arts. She currently shows at Gallery 527 in Jerome and the Sedona Arts Center Fine Art Gallery. Author of an eye-opening ebook for artists, How to Bring Your Abstract Art to Life, Julie is an inspiring and supportive mentor to artists. See Julie's art at www.julieengelmann.com.


"Julie Engelmann is an excellent instructor - she's knowledgeable, fun and helpful!"

"Julie is very kind and relaxed. She shared several techniques that would serve as motivation to making a truly unique painting. Her use of colors is wonderful."


Want abstraction for your art group?

I help art groups who want a better grounding in abstract painting through workshops, demos, critiques, residencies, judging and jurying. Email me your interest.


"Julie - what can I say! you were great! you did everything one could expect from a work shop: good demo showing your step by step technique, wonderful personal contact & critiques, sharing completed works & the feelings one can get from the paint colors & shapes - AND THE WONDERFUL HANDOUT - I enjoyed it immensely as I am sure everyone did - Thank you so much - sincerely,"

- Patti Giordano, artist and Programs & Classes Coordinator, East Suburban Artists League, Murrysville, PA


"Thank you for such a fun workshop! As you already know, I really enjoyed myself. Your ability in critiquing is outstanding. You are gifted in tuning into the artist and the painting. It is very impressive."

- Marva Harvey, artist and Program Coordinator, Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, Tucson, AZ


"I told you how beneficial the demo was. I neglected to say how much I enjoyed the lecture portion of your presentation and found the comparisons between a wow painting and a not so wow one particularly valuable. I could instantly see the difference in the paintings."

- Carolyn Starbuck, Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Private Lessons

Private lessons give you flexibility to learn through a personalized, guided, hands-on process.

A good time frame is 5 hours for one individual, or 6 for a couple of attendees. These lessons are usually done in person, either at the Sedona Arts Center or at your studio if transportation can be arranged.

We can do lessons long distance using online conferencing.

$50/hr. Email me with your interest.




Artist Mentoring

If you resonate with my artwork or feel like possibilities are opening up for you in abstraction, I invite you to try artist mentoring with me:
  • You'll have the chance to freely discuss your artwork, interests and challenges,
  • Be heard, and get your questions answered.
  • Each painting will be seen in thoughtful detail with understanding, insight, and appreciation.
  • You'll become confident in your strengths (and stop undermining yourself),
  • Gain valuable skills through critique,
  • Zero in on what you really love about what you're doing,
  • And receive deep support as an artist.
Over time, rhythm and momentum build unprecedented productivity, transforming you as an artist.

Artist mentoring is done by phone and web, conveniently and effectively. Questions? Email me.

$50 Artist Mentoring Hour with Julie

After payment, wait to be redirected to a Thank You page.
You will receive a link to "Here's How It Works," which gives important information.

Then schedule your session!


Thank you!

Questions? Email me.



In the love of your beautiful and unique expression,

Julie

Julie Bernstein Engelmann


Julie, I am amazed by how much I learn in each of our sessions!!! I love our telephone sessions and how you are able to teach me and guide my painting, despite the fact that you are across the country. The recordings are so helpful and I refer back to them frequently. My time in the studio is so much more fun because I have new direction and I am not just guessing at what to paint. I have gone from not painting at all, to spending several hours a day painting and loving it!

I can't thank you enough for helping me submit and be accepted to my first juried art show!! I look forward to our continued sessions and hope I will get the opportunity to attend more of your workshops.

I love your painting and the title 'Is it Really Okay to Feel this Good?' and I ask myself that often when I am painting!

- Sandy Duckett, Phoenix, Arizona



Julie, you are such a powerful presence in my life. As a painter, I have such a strong desire to express myself. I love to revel in the freedom of making marks with paint and ink that I am deeply drawn to make, and to powerfully feel the mystery and energy of my Being made manifest. As my mentor, I feel like you have literally helped me look, and as a result, see what I am doing from a visual perspective. What a gift! Something that is so personal is something that I can more easily share now.

Having a consistent connection with you over time has allowed me to mark the evolution of my enjoyment and awareness as a painter and art creator. Your specific awareness of abstract art is helpful and grounding. With you at my side I feel like I have the support to go as far and as deep as I want to with my art. Thank you.

- Katie Harrington, Burlington, Vermont



Before I met Julie Engelmann my art work consisted of sporadic, realistic watercolours. Julie’s classes and mentoring opened up a whole new avenue for me; I had not previously been exposed to abstract/expressionist painting. I love the freedom, creativity and new color sense that I feel when I paint in this “new” style.

I have continued along this new path, incorporating abstract expressionism with my realistic tendencies. Julie’s mentoring has motivated me to produce more paintings than I ever thought I would do on my own.

Even though her own style is very abstract, Julie has a broad background of art knowledge and experience to bring to any style of painting. Her critiques are always honest, insightful and positive which makes them all the more helpful. I believe she has enabled me to take really big stride in my growth as an artist.

As a result of Julie’s mentoring, I have won several awards in local art shows. My latest was a first place in the non-professional category. I have sold several paintings through our local art gallery.

- Julie Knox, Indiana, Pennsylvania



In her critiques, Julie has a gift for getting to the heart of the matter. She sees at once where positive changes can be introduced and how any composition can be made stronger. She pulls no punches, but even the faintest of hearts will feel well-supported, as she conveys a genuine sense of believing in the artist and his or her potential.

As an "artist's artist," Julie knows how to develop that potential and how to help anyone chart a believable course toward artistic fulfillment. I see not only rapid improvement in my work, but new possibilities for showing and marketing it. Thanks to Julie's remarkable encouragement and mentorship, I'm well on my way, and I give her my highest recommendation as I go!
- Scott Dimond, Topsham, Maine



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From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition Workshop
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See Also:
Abstract Painting Spirit 9-minute video
CV including teaching
Abstract Painting Student Work examples


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© 2017 Julie Bernstein Engelmann
Photo of Julie's East Suburban Artists League workshop, Murrysville, PA, by Minda Bernstein © 2013
Video still of Julie's Indiana Art Association workshop, Indiana, PA, by Scott Dimond © 2013
Video still of Julie's Indiana Art Association workshop, Indiana, PA, by Chip Engelmann © 2013
Photo of Julie's demo at El Valle Artists Association, Cottonwood, AZ, by Elaine Bomkamp © 2015
Video still of Julie painting at Indiana Art Association workshop, Indiana, PA, by Julie Bernstein Engelmann © 2014
Photo of lone painter, Community Arts Center of Cambria County, Johnstown, PA, by Julie Bernstein Engelmann © 2014
Portrait of Julie in grass by Minda Bernstein © 2013
Photos of mentoring clients submitted by each respectively, except Scott Dimond, by Chip Engelmann © 2013
All paintings are © by Julie Bernstein Engelmann: From Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition painting is "Freedom From Wondering If I Did Something Wrong," acrylic and latex on partially primed canvas, 30"Hx34"W, 2013. Luscious Abstractions painting is "Dream Ship," acrylic on paper, 18"Hx24"W, 2011. Art to Heart Session painting is "Heart," oil on canvas panel, 12”Hx9”W, 1996.