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About Dean Nimmer
Dean Nimmer is the author of the successful book, "Art from Intuition," (Watson/Guptill, 2008) now in its 6th printing. His new book, "Creating Abstract Art, Ideas and Inspiration for Passionate Artmaking" (North Light, 2014) is already a best seller with over 30, five-star rave reviews on Amazon!
Winner of over 20 national awards for his art and teaching, Nimmer was granted the "2010 Distinguished Teaching of Art Award" given by the 16,000-member College Art Association, the "Distinguished Alumnus Award for Art and Art Education" from the University of Wisconsin" 2011 and the Massachusetts Community Teacher of the Year award from the Massachusetts Art Education Association in 2015. He is also listed in the current volume of Who's Who in American Art.
Dean Nimmer was the Chairman of the Fine Arts Department at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, where he holds the title of Professor Emeritus. Professor Nimmer has conducted lectures and workshops based on his intuitive creativity techniques at Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, and James Madison Universities, plus the Central Academy of Art and Design, China, Burren College of Art, Ireland, and at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.
In addition, Dean's paintings, drawings and prints have been shown in over 200 solo and group exhibitions in America, China, Japan, Australia, Spain, Ireland, Germany and France.
Some reviews of Dean's books by artists, art students and art educators include:
"Art from Intuition is a gem of a book and one of the best guides that I have read for those hoping to initiate and sustain the practice of artistic expression; art teachers and art therapists who have much to learn from a master teacher and painter about how to help others express themselves with authenticity and confidence; and all who want to learn more about the intelligence of intuition and creative imagination." Shaun McNiff, author of Trust the Process, Art as Medicine, Art Heals and many books on artistic creativity.
"This book gives us a very complete menu of ways and means for the vital job of learning to trust our instincts. Nimmer sends us on a richly illustrated journey into the process of productive artistic work. This journey is eminently practical, yet always connected to the deepest human issues of creativity and its nurturance. He gives us great insight into the improvisational and dynamic dimensions of visual art. The book is also wonderfully made and beautiful to look at." Stephen Nachmanovitch, artist, musician, teacher and author of, Free Play
"This visionary book could only come from the joyful and original mind of Dean Nimmer. As an art teacher I recognize it as a powerful new tool for the classroom. Offering more than helpful advise for beginner to advanced level students alike, it has the power to jumpstart creativity." Monika Andersson, artist, teacher, Groton School, Groton Massachusetts
"At least by my accounting, you're only allowed to call yourself an artist if you actually make art -- and in Art From Intuition, Dean Nimmer offers a treasure trove of artistic strategies for getting off the starting blocks and accomplishing exactly that. Art From Intuition may be used as a textbook, providing instructors with literally dozens of carefully designed artistic exercises that could easily be structured into the curriculum of any studio art course." Ted Orland, artist, teacher and co-author of Art and Fear
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Going far beyond standard notions of developing an abstract "style" or particular "look," Creating Abstract Art unleashes the numerous possibilities that abound in your creative subconscious. Familiar obstacles such as "I don't know what to paint" or "How do I know if this is good?" are easily set aside as you explore fun exercises such as connecting dots, automatic drawing, shadow hunting, working with haiku poetry paintings and much more. So turn off the noise in your head, follow your own instincts and delight in what emerges!
• 40 exercises exploring original ideas and inventive techniques for making abstract art.
• Projects can be done in any order and with nearly any materials--start working right away on any project that grabs your attention!
• 50 contemporary artists share diverse work and viewpoints on the process of working abstractly.
Write your own artistic license and start Creating Abstract Artyour way, today!