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FULL [Online] The Art of Possibility: Reimagining Ourselves with Lise Motherwell and Heather Blume

January 26 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

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Thursdays, January 26-March 2, 4-6pm

6 sessions | $180 for members, $200 for non-members

This workshop is full, please email Ruby (rubyt@paam.org) to be added to the waitlist.

In this interactive and process-oriented class we will focus on art and identity.

Using a multimedia approach, we will examine how artists express cultural, gender, and personal identities through their art, both in content and in technique. As we deepen our understanding of fundamental art elements through creative prompts, we will explore how to portray aspects of our own identities.  In class we will share our work, and discuss the process and the unexpected outcomes.  You do not need to be an artist to take this course—just a sense of curiosity and a willingness to take risks.


Heather Blume

A native of Cape Cod, Heather Blume graduated with a BFA summa cum laude in Painting from the University of North Florida, an MFA cum laude in Sculpture from the New York Academy of Art, and a certificate from the Fine Art Appraisal Program at RISD.  Her artworks are in numerous private collections as well as the permanent collection of the British Museum and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM). Blume prefers working directly from life with her mediums be they oil paint, water-based paints, paper, or clay. This approach corresponds with her teaching practice. Whether in two dimensions or three her art reveals a connection to the human story and the natural world.

Website: Heatherblume.com

Lise Motherwell

Lise Motherwell, PhD, PsyD is a retired licensed psychologist and President of the Board of PAAM.  Prior to becoming a clinician, she earned a PhD in Learning and Epistemology from MIT’s Media Lab where she studied learning styles and gender differences in how children interact with computers.  Her clinical specialties included child, family, individual assessment and treatment, and a specialization in group therapy.  Her interests lie in meaning-making and in the intersection between creativity, play, self-reflection, social connection and art.

Lise Motherwell spent her formative years in a household of artists: her father, Robert Motherwell, her stepmother Helen Frankenthaler, and her sister, Jeannie Motherwell. Surrounded by numerous creative minds and immersed in the New York art world, she developed a passion for travel, art history and museums. Prior to retirement as a psychologist, she earned a Certificate in Arts Administration from BU. In 2012, Lise co-curated with Daniel Ranalli Beside the Sea, an exhibition of her father’s work and in 2018, co-curated with Elizabeth Smith a show of Helen Frankenthaler’s work titled Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown at PAAM, which traveled to the Parrish Museum in 2019.  She has written articles and essays on various artists, including Helen Frankenthaler, Anne-Marie Levine, Robert Motherwell, and Tabitha Vevers. Along with her board work at PAAM, she serves as Chair of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Board and is a past-president of the board of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Foundation.

Images: Heather Blume, detail of Old Town, terra cotta relief, 5”H x 5.75”W x .25”D, 2021; Lise Motherwell, detail of Three’s Company, 11″ x 14″, collage in mixed media on canvas board, 2022