Is Abstract really art? : Abstract Florals class in Seaton's Botanical Studio (September 2018)
Working in abstract form is something not everyone finds easy, sounds strange right? Surely abstract is the easiest form of painting...
Abstract art is very much subjective, in it we all see different things, we all have differing opinions. Some do not understand or enjoy abstract art yet still they find the idea of it intriguing. How is it that certain abstract pieces are able to hang in galleries alongside pieces so finely detailed and true to form?
According to one theorist:
Abstract art is "significant" in several ways. First of all, it is important to remember that art always reflects culture. Therefore, abstract art is important because it is reflecting a culture that has been moving - for about 2000 years - on an arc of rationalism in order to develop a mature science.
I studied abstract art during my degree; Kandinsky, Kline, Pollack & others. I will admit at first I didnt understand how their works could be compared in any way to Da Vinci and other artists who work in very detailed forms. Then I realised that it isn't about comparing them (though they made me do a lot of that!). It is about appreciating each one individually for its impact in the arts. Understanding that we need to look at art as we do humans...if all were the same the world would be a very boring place. Let's appreciate the differences, even those we don't ourselves understand.
Teaching my abstract florals classes has been really interesting as I've met many different people with different views and experiences of abstract art. Some really struggled to let go and allow the colours to find their own way, they felt as though they needed to create a piece that all would see as a specific flower whilst some were happy to let go and see where the mediums in use would take them.
I found by having a theme of florals and floral inspiration on hand it really helped to open up the minds of participants. It took away the fear of a completely abstract form and gave a hint of suggestion which those new to the art found helpful.
To begin my classes I start by introducing a selection of techniques using the mediums in the class, In recent abstract floral classes I have been showcasing Watercolour Pens & infusion Powders. Both fantastic mediums with many different uses so they work really well in abstract classes.
Feedback so far has been fantastic, come the end of the class participants have realised just how much fun there is to be had working in abstract & go away with an open mind confident in their ability to work in an abstract form.
Written September 2018