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Helen Frankenthaler: Ab Ex in the USA

Online Art and Art History Class

Helen Frankenthaler played a pivotal role in changing the world’s art epicenter from Paris to New York City in the 1940’s. As a leader in the Abstract Expressionism (Ab Ex) movement, she helped to create a huge shift in perspective from representational pictures to big areas of color affecting emotions and spirit. Become inspired by how Frankenthaler changed the way the world sees art while learning the key to creating great abstract art work. 

About Drawing Art History

Each Drawing Art History class starts with an in-depth lesson about a different celebrated artist. Enjoy learning about the artist's background and contribution to art history from Barbara's passionate and enthusiastic viewpoint. Students will come away with a better understanding of the artist's famous work and how his or her environment and life events influenced it.

Then, Barbara will teach you to duplicate one of their iconic artworks in pastel (or the medium of your choice). She breaks down the method that the artist used so you can create artwork in their signature style.


Leonardo di Vinci

Meet this extraordinary multi-talented Renaissance Man who seemed to be good at everything, from science to poetry to art, and create your own Mona Lisa.

Buy the Leonardo di Vinci Class


Learn about the charismatic and controversial leader of the French Impressionist movement and create your own Manet style painting.

Buy the Edouard Manet Class


Meet the revolutionary female artist who represented modern life in the 1920's and create your own art deco drawing.



Discover the commercial illustrator who created the most popular art print of the 20th century, and create your own neo-classical fantasy work of art.


Mediums and Supplies

Demonstrations will be done mainly in chalk pastel. Students should come prepared with the following supplies (in the brand of your choice):

1 set of soft chalk pastel
1 pad of pastel paper
1 can of fixative spray

The same lessons and basic techniques taught in each class can be applied to a variety of art mediums. Some more advanced students may prefer to use watercolor or acrylic paint in class instead. If so, Barbara will provide painting guidance as well. 

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