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Summer Arts Program Teacher Feature: Michelle Yellin

Spotlight on Artspace’s Teaching Artists

At the Artspace Summer Arts Program, each class is taught by creative, fun and talented artists. Follow along as they tell you a bit more about who they are and what they do.

Find out more about Michele Yellin!

Photo1) Tell us about your class and why you’re excited to teach it?

At the end of July I will be teaching an Abstract Painting class for 7th -10th graders. Each day we will try out different techniques to explore some of the many different kinds of Abstract Art making. We will look at different artists’ work and use the vocabulary of Art and Design to determine how the artwork is successful. In examining abstract artwork in the context of the elements of art, and principals of design, students will learn how to make their abstract paintings into successful works of art. I am excited to teach this class because making abstract art is fun, and learning how to make it successfully is very satisfying.

2) If you could meet any artist, who would it be, and why? 

This is a tough question…there are so many artists, living and dead that I would love to meet and spend time talking with. That’s probably why I love reading artist biographies. For the sake of this class though, I would choose Wassily Kandinsky. He is known as the Father of Abstract Art. I had seen his artwork in books for years, but when I saw his work in person in the Phillips Gallery in Washington DC, I became completely enthralled with his artwork. Furthermore, he was very interested in the matter of spirituality in art and wrote a book on the subject. Form and feeling are the fundamentals of abstract work. I feel like Wassily and I could have some interesting conversations about that.

IMG_44063) What do you do to stay creative?

There are a number of ways that I stay creative. One way is to just show up in my studio on a regular basis. Typically I have a number of creative endeavors going at once and there is always something that needs to be done on all of them. Also, I find that if I clean up my studio and put things away, it readies me to get going on whatever creative piece of art that I am in the midst of. I also try to draw a drawing everyday. If I am really stuck, I will head out to a museum or gallery and see art in person. It doesn’t take long for me to be inspired by another artist’s work and race back to my own studio.

Michelle is teaching one class at Artspace this summer. Find out more and register now!

Abstract Painting

For ages 11-16
July 25 – 29, 9am-12pm

Learn how to take a recognizable image and abstract it through use of simplification, color and other principles of design. Create a strong series of paintings on canvas that will be a great addition to your art portfolio and will teach you how to manipulate everyday reality into pure color and form.

To learn more about Michele and her work, please visit her website: www.micheleyellin.com

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