“The Zen of Painting: 100 Brushstrokes”

“100 Brushstrokes” is an assignment I developed for my painting students to help them focus on the quality of their personal expression. The idea is to do a small painting with only 100 strokes, a challenge that’s harder than it sounds. Most artists use thousands of strokes in a single painting. Many of those strokes are mindless — we may be focusing on what we’ll be having for lunch or on the dishes piling up in the sink instead of on the canvas in front of us.

“100 Brushstrokes” is designed to encourage participants to paint mindfully — to be fully present, fully focused and fully aware of what they’re attempting to communicate in the simplest, most personally expressive way possible. When brushstrokes are limited, each stroke needs to be elegant and descriptive.

Students enjoy the challenge of this exercise and always learn something about themselves and about the process of painting. I like the assignment so much I’m developing an ongoing painting clinic around it. The clinics will take place every Wednesday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. and will cost $20. Oil and acrylic painters are welcome — if you’d like to use watercolors, just let me know in advance and we’ll set up a table for you. Supplies are listed on the registration site. skills and their creative voices.

Register online HERE  

Eureka Studio Arts website is HERE:

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3 Responses to ““The Zen of Painting: 100 Brushstrokes””

  1. Sounds like a really challenging and innovative workshop. With the high pace of society today, it is easy to rush things and not slowdown to think.

  2. Sounds like a great workshop.. hard to make from SoHum tho.. Wonder if this is just oils ? Also found the info above hard to read due to dark background… just saying.

  3. Hi Marci — I changed the copy to address the oils question. We’re using easels for the most part, so oils or acrylics would work just fine. We can also set up tables for watercolors if we know in advance. The background problem on the blog will take a little more time to figure out, but you made a good point about readability. We have some SoHum students attending other classes and they often carpool to make the commute more doable. Thanks so much for your feedback!

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