Big Brush Workshop

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A few of the paintings created by Mrs. Paula Westcott's Art, Advanced Portfolio, and Drawing and Painting classes, with special guest Carmen Lund, dry in the science wing hallway.

A few of the paintings created by Mrs. Paula Westcott’s Art, Advanced Portfolio, and Drawing and Painting classes, with special guest Carmen Lund, dry in the science wing hallway.
Molly Geisinger ’15

A burst of  color spread throughout Convent of the Sacred when Carmen Lund, an esteemed artist who has been painting for over 40 years, brought her unique project, the “Big Brush Workshop,” to Sacred Heart on November 27 and 30.
Ms. Lund’s works have been featured in prestigious museums in Brazil, the United States, Europe, and Asia, and have been featured alongside Matisse and Picasso. Ms. Lund is also the first Western artist to be exhibited in Hong Kong at the Plum Blossoms Gallery, according to the Convent of the Sacred Heart website.
In this workshop, students collaborate with each other as they express their emotions freely and artistically on a large canvas. Afterwards, they critique each other’s work and explore composition and placement of color.
Ms. Lund created the workshop as a way for students to step away from their restrained schedule and fast paced life and express themselves freely through art.
“She developed this Big Brush Workshop over the years because she wanted a way for people to loosen up and not be so tight in their work. Rather than having a small piece of paper with a tiny brush, she wanted people to work with a big canvas and not be so inhibited,”  Mrs. Paula Westcott, Upper School art teacher said
Ms. Lund created this workshop to ignite imagination and inspire creativity. She wanted it to be a place where students experimented with their work and pursued creative risks.
“Students work with large paintbrushes and vibrantly colored tempera paint. There are no rules. Experimentation is encouraged. The workshop helps foster empathy, inventiveness and joyfulness; qualities that experts recognize as essential for humans to thrive,” Ms. Lund wrote on her official website Leapwithcarmenlund.com.
 
– Molly Geisinger, Staff Writer
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