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Embodied Abstract Painting

  • All Hands Workshops 514a Front Street Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 United States (map)
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Move, dance, draw and paint! Connect with your unique, creative source through awareness and embodied movement while learning about process, basic color-mixing and painting techniques for abstract painting.

In this all-day workshop, we will:

  • use guided meditation to tune in to the body and discover what wants to be expressed

  • do movement exploration

  • make an oil pastel expressive sketch

  • color mixi with acrylic paint

  • learn about the painting process

  • create 3 abstract paintings on paper with guidance and feedback

The following supplies are included:

  • oil pastels

  • newsprint

  • acrylic paints

  • paintbrushes in various sizes

  • paper palettes

  • palette knives

  • 3 sheets of 140 lb watercolor paper per person

  • water buckets

  • spray bottles

You can bring:

  • comfortable clothes and shoes that you can move in and don't mind getting paint on

  • an openness to exploring your inner awareness

  • a willingness to venture out of your comfort zone

  • a desire to move and paint!

You will go home with:

  • 3 abstract paintings on watercolor paper

  • a deeper connection to your creative source

  • more creative freedom and inspiration


This workshop is open to all levels and has been enjoyed by people who say they "aren't creative at all" to college painting professors and artists with successful, long-standing careers.

In this workshop we will tune in to the information housed in our bodies using simple movement and awareness exercises to source our unique creative impulses. Through the discipline of following these impulses we can embark on a path of authentic self expression, and create compelling art regardless of skill level.

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Anna Sofia Amezcua

Anna Sofia Amezcua's abstract paintings and murals use color and physicality to express visceral emotion and felt experience. Her process is intuitive, expressive, and gestural, and informed by her background in movement and dance as well as an acute sensitivity to color. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, New York, where she studied painting, dance and literature. She also attended Oxford University, Oxford, England, and studied Movement Based Expressive Arts at the Tamalpa Institute in Marin County, California. She is a founding member of the Humboldt Artists Guild. Anna Sofia exhibits her works both nationally and internationally and is included in various private collections. She brings her life-long study of body-centered practices to her Embodied Abstract Painting Workshops, in which she facilitates deeper connection to authentic creativity through movement-inspired painting. She lives and works in Eureka, California with her dog, Lula, her cat, Johnny Cash, and a beautiful herd of chickens.


IG: @annasofie

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