Corks & Canvases Painting Party
Recreate Wassily Kandinsky’s Enchanting Winter Landscape at the AMA
The Thursday, Dec 7, session of the Corks & Canvases Painting Party at the Albany Museum of Art is going to capture the wonder of the season as participants create their interpretations of Wassily Kandinsky’s enchanting 1909 landscape painting Winter Landscape.
“You might not expect a winter landscape painting to be dominated by rich pinks, blues, and yellows, but Kandinsky captured the effects that light from a setting sun has on snow in his abstract style,” AMA Director of Education and Public Programming Annie Vanoteghem said. “It’s a beautiful work that gives you a sense of the chilly weather, but also conveys the sense of warmth a person would have walking home in the early evening of a December day. There’s a cheerfulness to this painting, and it’s one our painters will enjoy creating and having.”
Corks & Canvases: Winter Landscape, which is for participants ages 21 and older, is 5:30-7:30 pm on Dec 7 in the AMA Classroom. The workshop is for all skill levels, including those who have never used a paintbrush on a canvas. Participants enjoy wine, snacks, background music, and conversation as they get step-by-step instructions on how to create their own original artworks inspired by a masterpiece.
Kandinsky (1866-1944), a native of Russia who became a French citizen in 1939, painted Winter Landscape after moving to Munich, Germany, in 1896 and studying at the Academy of Fine Arts. He began his career as an artist at age 30, and in the early 1900s began to emerge as an art theorist. He also moved from Impressionism to more vibrant colors as a pioneering abstract painter who shows figures and objects as series of color shapes rather than in sharp detail. His art expresses a confluence of music and spirituality, and he often used black in his paintings to increase the impact of the colorful forms in his paintings.
“Our aim is for everyone who paints to have a relaxing evening with no pressure,” Vanoteghem said. “At the end of the evening, our painters go home with artworks they created that they can be proud of. It will look great on the wall of your home or office, or, since the holidays are getting closer, it may be a perfect, thoughtful gift for someone special.”
The cost to participate is $25 for AMA donors or $30 for non-donors. The registration covers the cost of materials, a 16-by-20-inch canvas, and refreshments.
“We have those who come with their spouse or significant other and make it a fun date night, others who like to paint with a friend, and some who enjoy painting solo,” Vanoteghem said. “It’s usually a nice mix of people, and there’s a good chance you’ll make new friends at these painting parties.”
Corks & Canvases Painting Parties are conducted on Thursday evenings every other month at the AMA, 311 Meadowlark Drive.
Register for Corks & Canvases: Winter Landscape HERE.
Looking ahead? Registration links for future Corks & Canvases Painting Parties may be found HERE.
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ABOUT THE ALBANY MUSEUM OF ART
The Albany Museum of Art is located at 311 Meadowlark Drive in Albany, Ga., adjacent to Albany State University West Campus just off Gillionville Road. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Albany Museum of Art is open to the public 10 am-5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.