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Understand abstraction deeply. Paint with beauty & spirit.
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Hi, I'm Julie Bernstein Engelmann. I help artists - as well as those who just want to try it - to gain the skills and insight to paint beautiful, meaningful abstracts and find the process endlessly interesting.
  • Do you notice that some abstract paintings seem to come to life - and do you wish for more of this quality in your own artwork?
  • Are you especially intrigued when your abstract paintings are personally meaningful - and unpredictable?
  • Do you wonder how to get a deeper illusion of space into your abstract paintings - like landscape, only completely free?
  • Do you want to really understand abstraction - not just feel your way through it (yet not get too mental either)?
If any of these questions resonate with you, welcome! These are my concerns too, and they underlie the way I explore and teach abstract painting.



I invite you to work with me through:





3-day Workshop

The Inspired Abstract

Birth your beloved and mysterious artwork

3-day workshop with Julie Bernstein Engelmann
Two opportunities:

November 22-24, 2019 - Sedona, Arizona
May 8-10, 2020 - Sedona, Arizona

Turn your life's inspiring moments into richly beautiful abstract paintings.

In this workshop you'll gain a powerful foundation for abstract painting. Julie will guide you to:
  • Enter the painting process naturally
  • Develop a deep and luscious visual space
  • Weave exquisite personal marks and forms that grow from your seed inspiration
  • Find the spirit in your painting and gently enhance its drama so it can shine powerfully
You'll also develop the freedom and skills to:
  • Use the full power of background, middle ground, and foreground in abstraction by understanding the proper role of each
  • Vastly deepen your painting's visual space
  • More easily approach color mixing and color harmony
  • Replace criticism with supporting what you love about your painting
  • Make "surgical" changes to the flow of a painting that can stunningly transform it from disappointing to great
  • Distinguish what kind of finishing touches are needed to bring your painting into focus (without losing freshness)
Whether you're a longtime artist or new to painting, your inspiration will transform into two soul-satisfying acrylic paintings that embody meaning, naturalness, and spatial depth and flow. These are the qualities that lift an abstract painting from amateur to professional.

Along the way, you’ll gain discernment and come to understand abstract painting much more deeply.

Julie will give demonstrations, enlightening discussion, group critique, and plenty of one-on-one time. You'll also receive Julie's valuable checklist: “Critique Points for Abstract Painting,” an essential painting-rescue kit to keep handy in your studio.

All experience levels are welcome. See Julie’s videos HERE.

Registration Information
Dates: November 22-24, 2019 or May 8-10, 2020
Times: Fri 10-5, Sat-Sun 9-4 (with an hour for lunch)
Location: Sedona Arts Center, 15 Art Barn Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336
Acrylic | All levels
Tuition: $380.
Information & Register for November 22-24, 2019
Information & Register for May 8-10, 2020
Video: The Inspired Abstract Workshop
(Volume is low - please turn up your speakers)




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Upcoming 1-day Workshop in Cottonwood, Arizona

Luscious Abstraction

1-Day Workshop with Julie Bernstein Engelmann

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
El Valle Artists Association
Pine Shadows Club House, 2050 W State Rt 89A, Cottonwood, Arizona
All experience levels welcome
$55/member; $65/non-member
Registration Information

Julie's layering technique gives you a powerful foundation for abstract painting. You'll enter the painting process naturally, ease into your own personal marks and forms, and weave beautiful depth and complexity. Julie will demonstrate how to find the story in the “beautiful mess” and bring it out by enhancing its drama and visual flow.

You'll leave with an acrylic painting that embodies three vital keys to successful abstraction: meaning, naturalness, and spatial depth and flow. Along the way, you'll gain discernment and come to understand abstract painting more deeply.

Also: Free Demonstration
Julie will present a free demonstration at the El Valle Artists Association meeting earlier in February. Non-members are welcome to attend. The presentation will be held Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 pm at the Pine Shadows Club House, 2050 W State Rt 89A, Cottonwood, AZ.

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"Julie is fun, sweet, kind, enthusiastic, and a great teacher! She has the ability to help us see our artwork with fresh eyes looking for the good instead of focussing on the bad. It was a wonderful experience and I will take another class with her one of these days!"

"Very encouraging style; even her critiques were uplifting rather than downcasting."

"Julie is an excellent instructor. Her feedback was honest and sought after by everyone in the class. Her style of teaching resonated with me and I was able to walk out of the class with all of my goals met. Her passion for what she is doing is absolutely inspirational!"

"I love Julie: Her art, her teaching style, and as a human being. She always makes a workshop a delightful experience."

"I had been hoping to get some insight into painting abstractions, and possibly learn to 'free up' my style. Julie provided both, and so much more. Not only did she provide ways to 'tap into' and express our own individual uniqueness, she also shared the keys to making good abstractions, including color theory and mixing, composition, layering techniques, and other fundamentals of art. I learned so much! Her teaching style and personality gave us students the confidence to move forward, and her critiques were brilliant as she shared her experience about just what we needed to bring our paintings 'over the top.' I would take other classes from her and I recommend her highly."

"Julie was fantastic! I so appreciated her patience and kindness."

"Your art class was such a blast! It exceeded my expectations in every way!"

Plan a workshop for your friends or artist group

Workshop on Demand

You don't have to wait. Schedule your own workshop with me! Recruit a couple of your artist (or non-artist) friends to come with you to gorgeous Sedona, Arizona, for a 1-, 2-, or 3-day creative experience. Or invite me to teach at your location.

For three or more painters, the price will be the same as my regular workshops. Email me your interest.

See also my half-day Spirit Painting experience.
"Julie - what can I say! you were great! you did everything one could expect from a work shop: good demo showing your step by step technique, wonderful personal contact & critiques, sharing completed works & the feelings one can get from the paint colors & shapes - AND THE WONDERFUL HANDOUT - I enjoyed it immensely as I am sure everyone did - Thank you so much - sincerely,"

- Patti Giordano, artist and Programs & Classes Coordinator, East Suburban Artists League, Murrysville, PA


"Thank you for such a fun workshop! As you already know, I really enjoyed myself. Your ability in critiquing is outstanding. You are gifted in tuning into the artist and the painting. It is very impressive."

- Marva Harvey, artist and Program Coordinator, Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, Tucson, AZ


"I told you how beneficial the demo was. I neglected to say how much I enjoyed the lecture portion of your presentation and found the comparisons between a wow painting and a not so wow one particularly valuable. I could instantly see the difference in the paintings."

- Carolyn Starbuck, Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona, Tucson, AZ


"As an abstract experimental artist stubbornly committed to authenticity, I found Julie Bernstein Engelmann's workshop to be one of the best I have attended. I attend workshops to expand my artistic perspective, not to copy techniques. I want to explore my own potential to express that which is unique to me. Julie's methods help me do that.

"Julie is like a good shaman, guiding you to your own truth. She has developed a style of teaching that frees the student to be more. The word 'education' comes from the Latin 'educare' which means 'to lead out.' In that classical sense, Julie is an educator. Her methods activate the creative center of the brain. I am not fast, but thoughtful, and the pace of Julie's teaching gave me time to relate, absorb and apply what I was learning."

- Louisa Aragona-King, El Valle Artists Association, Cottonwood, AZ


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Photo Credits:
Photo of Julie's East Suburban Artists League workshop, Murrysville, PA, by Minda Bernstein © 2013
Photo of CASA workshop, Tucson, AZ, by Julie Bernstein Engelmann © 2018
Photo of plastic container paint palettes by Julie Bernstein Engelmann © 2019
Photo of Mershona and her paintings at Sedona Arts Center by Julie Bernstein Engelmann © 2019
Video still of Julie's Indiana Art Association workshop, Indiana, PA, by Scott Dimond © 2013
Photo of Julie's demo at El Valle Artists Association, Cottonwood, AZ, by Elaine Bomkamp © 2015
Photo of Julie's demo at El Valle Artists Association, Cottonwood, AZ, by Nadine Cummins © 2019
Paintings by Julie Bernstein Engelmann