Textured Abstracts with Marguerite Beneke
Abstract design and colour choices can be totally overwhelming. There is a lot of information available on the internet on design principles and colour theories, and it can leave you more confused than ever on where to start. Using Marguerite’s simplistic approach of using easy photo references or sketches are perfect for beginning artists who are just starting to explore abstracts or even the more experienced artist who is looking to expand their design knowledge or simply get inspired. Textured Abstracts in enamels is an online video class in which you will learn Marguerite’s most treasured painting secrets – the exact techniques & tools she is using and the way she thinks while creating. You can easily apply the knowledge to your own painting process.
My name is Marguerite and I’m a contemporary warm glass artist creating paintings and textures in glass. I’ve worked with many mediums over the years but fell in love with glass because it is a material that transmits and reflects light as almost no other material can do. Its varying clarity, opacity and texture are able to reflect and absorb light, causing an enhanced observation of each piece. Glass Fusing is particularly fascinating to me because one is surrendering a part of the formation process to the kiln.
In my work I like to express what I find interesting and beautiful in life. A lot of my work has been about my love of land and seascapes, but my favourite way to create is painting abstracts and how to incorporate texture elements in it. My work invites the viewer to interact with each piece in not only a point of view, but to use their fingertips, to explore the glass and stir the thoughts of the mind.In this video class, I want to teach you how to let loose and paint without restrictions in your mind. I’m going to teach you my own personal method behind creating my abstract paintings, the thought process, the textured layering, all the things that you need to know to create your own beautiful piece.
I recently purchased Marguerite’s on-line Textured Abstracts workshop – the best $330 (Canadian) I’ve ever spent. I have had the privilege of doing a live in person workshop with Marguerite and she is an accomplished artist and teacher. I have taken part in many workshops but have never come across another teacher who is as generous as Marguerite when it comes to sharing her knowledge and skills. All of her on-line tutorials are fantastic but this one is the cherry on top for me – who would have thought you could learn so much through the medium of a digital classroom. The filming & quality of the tutorial is outstanding and shows the skill of the videographers’ understanding of what to capture to ensure the process being demonstrated is clearly visible. Marguerite explains everything so clearly that it makes it easy to follow along and gives you the confidence to get into the studio and create! The tutorial is accompanied by detailed PDF handouts which are excellent for a printed reference to make notes on or to review in conjunction with the videos. The course content is extensive and is definitely up there with other Masterclasses I have taken part in. If you have purchased any of Marguerite’s tutorials you will know that they are always accompanied by a private Facebook group where Marguerite shares further live videos and is available to assist with any queries or suggestions – it’s like the gift that keeps on giving😂 Purchasing the course from Glass Emotions was a slick process with no hitches and I had access to the course immediately on completion of my order. The hosting and presentation of the workshop is faultless. If you are thinking of purchasing this tutorial I assure you you will not be disappointed – it is exceptional value for money and I would recommend it in a heartbeat. In a world that is in the middle of an alarming pandemic it is wonderful to have rays of light and energy that keep us going – this for me has made my creative world lighter – thank you Marguerite and Crystal for bringing this amazing tutorial to our screens.
I just bought the Textured Abstracts tutorial. I'm speechless! As a person with over 30 years of teaching and a specialist in curriculum design, this has to be the best tutorial Glass Emotions has offered yet… It is FAR more extensive and thorough than I could have imagined. It is organized so very well, and I am in awe of the quality AND length of the videos. I cannot begin to imagine the amount of time and work put into this one. Thank you Marguerite for sharing your soul and talent with us again, in yet another amazing tutorial. Thank you Crystal for helping this happen and providing us all with such a great vehicle to such amazing glass education!! Joyful and grateful!