Exploring Abstraction: Line, Mark, and Form

Zoë Cohen

April 22-24, 10AM – 4PM. This workshop is designed specifically for abstract painters to help clarify visual language and bring intentionality to their painting practice. We will make deep inquiry into what inspires our art through examination of contemporary abstract art, informal writing exercises, and instructor demos. We will traverse the full range of the spectrum from intuition to deliberate action, from right brain to left brain, and from spontaneity to decision – and we will learn to travel back and forth between these polarities.

The major focus will be on creating compositional structure in the work. Techniques covered include mark making, alternate paint application tools, combining paint with collage, color mixing, and use of drawing materials with paint.

This workshop is for intermediate/advanced students working with acrylic paint. No oil paints please.


Sagebrushers members $300

Non-members: $320.

To register, please contact Katherine Weaver at katherine.weaver40@gmail.com.

Registration deadline is April 1, 2023.

A list of materials to be provided by students will be available when you register.

About the Artist; Born in Chicago in 1961, Zoë Cohen was strongly affected by classic graphic influences of a mid-century urban environment. Everyday exposure to modern architecture, photography, painting, sculpture, and minimalist 1960’s design made a deep impression. Zoë’s abstract painting springs from her lifelong fascination with mid-century modern art and design, Abstract Expressionism, and The New York School painters. History, art history, social history, illustration, literature, theater, music, dance, photography, and film all inform her work. She is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. www.zcohenstudio.com

"Faraway City 2021" - 12 x 12 on canvas

Cancellation/refund policy:

  • If a workshop is canceled by the instructor or by Sagebrushers, a full refund will be given.

  • If a student cancels by at least 21 days before the start of class, a full refund will be given, minus a $25 administrative fee.

  • If a student cancels between 14 to 20 days prior to the start of class, a 50% refund will be given.

  • No refunds will be given for any cancellations during the 13 days prior to the start of class.

  • We are unable to make any exceptions to the refund policy. While we understand that sudden, illness or emergencies beyond your control might require you to cancel your attendance, we are truly sorry, but the terms stated above are the result of non-refundable costs incurred by Sagebrushers.