Abstraction As Form: Seeing Abstractly

With Sky Power. Wednesdays, June 1-22, 9am-12pm. Members: $280, Non-Members: $300.

In abstract art, we are always finding and creating our own structures. As painters, we develop our forms with line, color, and the absence of both.

Composition is a common denominator of representational and abstract art, and a key element in creating a strong painting. This will be the focus of the workshop – to understand the relationship between these two expressions of art and to become more focused on the compositions in your paintings. For three hours, one day a week, for four consecutive weeks, students will work on a few paintings, and be encouraged to experiment with new techniques and ideas, working from the forms of still life, reproductions, and drawings. Instructor will demonstrate painting process, and analyze student paintings and the work of others in slides and reproductions, including work in the PAAM collection. Familiarity with the use of acrylic or oil paints is the only experience required.


Sky Power has lived and worked in Provincetown, MA since 1976. While attending Cornish School of Allied Arts in Seattle, WA in 1971, Power mentored with then Dean, Dale Owen. From 2010 through 2013, the artist studied with painters Paul Resika, Selina Trieff, and Robert Henry, all of whom were Hans Hofmann students in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Since 2004, Power has been an exhibiting artist at Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, MA, and for the past four decades has exhibited at various galleries and museums including George Billis Gallery, New York, NY, the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, Oman, New Britain Museum of American Art, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Wichita Art Museum, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Cahoon Museum, and Provincetown Art Association and Museum. The artist’s work is included in the permanent collections of the U.S. Embassy, Valletta, Malta, and Provincetown Art Association and Museum.