- IMAGE BY JACQUE BRACKETT, COURTESY OF SLOMA
- NEWT, LOVE, OOZE, WATERMELON… : Jacque Brackett (whose work is pictured) offers a course in spontaneous writing and painting. Just don’t call it automatic.
During the month of June, the SLOMA (that’s the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art—formerly the Art Center) is offering an art class that’s a bit off the beaten path. It’s billed as a drop-in course in “automatic” writing and painting, but its instructor, Cambria native Jacque Brackett, insists it has nothing to do with the spiritually guided composition the term connotes. Rather, Brackett’s class, which takes place every Saturday this month from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the museum’s classroom, is all about spontaneous expression.
“I don’t know what ‘automatic’ is,” Brackett told New Times. ‘It’s really just free-flowing words. Attendees are taught to let words tumble out from the subconscious onto paper—god, newt, love, precious, ooze, watermelon, whatever.
“The words can be left legible or painted over,” explained Brackett, watercolor teacher and museum member for 30 years.
Brackett has been painting for decades and attended the Art Institute of Chicago. However, she admits that the painting her friends and family like the best, the one that hangs over the piano of her Cambria home, came into being via her spontaneous painting technique, a process that requires, she says, “no representative or artistic skill.”
Those who take part in the class, which costs $12 to $15, are encouraged to experiment with different color and crinkling techniques.
Upon completion, Brackett said, “you end up with a really amazing, astonishing piece of art.”
Courses run on a drop-in basis and take place at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. in downtown SLO, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more on the SLOMA, call 543-8562 or visit the newly revamped website at sloma.org.