"Improvisation On Canvas"

Class Description:

Students will participate in an "Improvisation On Canvas" Clinic. This is a painting to Jazz Music via CD's. The focus will be on the freedom of expression in the abstract, using texture and colors to guide them. We will utilize several jazz artists of the Be Bop era... IE, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy, Miles, etc... Students will paint totally from intuition. Acrylic, Pastel's and Watercolor can be the medium. Oils are OK as well, but the room needs proper ventilation.

Students are given specific guidelines, such as putting to canvas, what they are hearing.. IE.. Visual Interpretations of Audio recordings by the Jazz Greats.

Students are encouraged to "Hear" in color and "Listen" for shape inspiration.

Modern Abstractions and also realistic works are both acceptable, however, this is a great learning tool for thinking outside the box and at on the spur of the moment. Students will be asked to have no preconceived ideas before they start applying their medium to canvas.

Student Level:

It is helpful but not required for a student to have painting experience. This class is an exercise in creativity and is open to all students of all disciplines... in art, theater, dance and music.

Supply List:
  • Canvases in assorted sizes... 10x10, 9x12 to large scale... square and/or rectangle
  • Watercolor paper for those wishing to paint with watercolors
  • Pastel Paper
  • Pastels, acrylic paints in a variety of colors
  • Watercolors
  • Palette Knives
  • Foam brushes (from the hardware store) in assorted sizes
  • Paint brushes for canvases ok as well
Bio:

For critically and nationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins, abstract painting is an extension of the music. "Strains from Miles Davis' trumpet, Charlie Parkers' sax and Bud Powell's' piano translate into color and texture," explains Kosins, who is also a composer.

Likewise, Kosins' songs are imbued with the hues she envisions. "When I perform, if I blow a scat solo or improvise on a melody, I 'see' grades of color in those notes, and that informs the texture of my phrasing. Kosins has been singing and writing for more than 30 years. She has been painting in the abstract since the late 1980s, around the time she began composing what would become her first CD release, "All In a Dream's Work," a tribute to Miles Davis' 1950s and early 1960s productions.

"While listening to Davis or other period bop artist, one can see whatever their imagination will let them. I happen to see their notes as color, form and texture. Like jazz giants play their solos, I use as much depth and layering as possible. It's about nuances and dynamics."

Kosins says her paintings is total improvisation. "I never have an idea or color scheme in mind when I pick up a brush. I paint strictly from my intuition," she says, adding that the hardest part is acknowledging when a piece is done. "It was no difference with the old jazz masters. They could play endless solos all night, using the same form."

Kosins has been teaching her, "Improvisation On Canvas" workshops at performing arts schools and colleges and Universities since 2002. Kosins has had numerous gallery shows both as a solo artist and has been invited in as part of a group showings. Commissioned paintings by Kosins are held in private collections throughout the United States and South America.

Class Workshop Structure:

A 2 to 2½ hour workshop. Class time can be adjusted depending upon student needs. 20 students max. If more, please schedule additional workshops.

Class Equipment Requirements:
  • Tables, easels and paper towels
  • A radio or CD player that play's CD's
  • Students must supply their own art supplies as listed in supply list
  • Students may bring aprons, gloves and rags if desired
  • Maximum class size should be no more than 30 students, and we will need a large space if we have 30 students
Recommended Pricing:

$40 per student (Unless I am a guest artist in residence at a College, University, or performing arts school.) The student fees in this case are waved, as my fee is coming from the institution, unless otherwise directed. I am also flexible in the fees depending upon the city and/or markets.