Driven to Calligraphic Abstraction — Jacqueline Sullivan

Jacqueline Sullivan
2.5 days
Beginner to Intermediate
$15 materials fee


Instructor Bio
I have been a teaching artist for 30 years and I love to teach. Seeing the joy in a student’s face when they create something that pleases them brings me joy! I have a degree in graphic design and worked for many years as a publication, marketing, and advertising designer as a way to make a living, but my passion has always been with color and paint, no matter what the surface. Personal artistic development has been a lifeline as I work my way through the challenges life has brought. My mixed media, book art, calligraphic, and acrylic work has been shown in galleries and top juried art fairs nationwide. I believe that asking “what if?” and keeping a spirit of adventure and discovery is important as I follow my creative path and attempt to make something original. I love experimenting with texture, layers, marks, paint, and dyes. I am proud to be a Certified Teaching Artist for Golden Paint and grateful for the opportunities I have been given to inspire others to be creative.

Class Description
Letters form organic shapes, interesting angles and crossovers. Handwriting and loose calligraphic marks written with different instruments form beautiful visual textures.  Put these elements together, notice the details within the shapes, find shapes and patterns,  and we have a different approach to a piece of beautiful non-objective work of Art. The class will work with all sorts of writing implements and various acrylic paints and mediums to build these paintings. We’ll work in a series, moving from one piece to the other, giving the works time to speak with us about our next move. Let’s dive into our creativity and learn about design and movement in abstract art.

Supply List
• High-flow acrylics, black and white
• Fine line applicator tool
• 8 oz. golden absorbent ground
• C-2 and C-0 Speedball pens
• Faber Castell Pitt fine point pen, black
• Gelli Roll pen, white
• 2+ sheets of 140 lb. CP watercolor paper (may be torn to 15 x 22 for travel)
• Bring your repertoire of writing instruments, especially those you like for mark making! Bring the ‘strange’ ones, sticks, rocks, and other things that might make beautiful, interesting marks.