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Abstract Painting

Abstract Painting

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Roger Gill


Join Abstract painting and explore the fundamental approaches to making abstract art on this 4 day course, developing your understanding of colour, gesture, scale, form, shape and line.

This hands on course consists of practical demonstrations and individual practice - encouraging you to let go of traditional visual references and subject matter.

You will develop your own visual language and improve your understanding of the principles of painting through experimentation. To compliment your learning, there will be references to contemporary and historical examples of abstract art and abstract artists throughout the course.

Topics covered

  • Contextual analysis
  • Mark-making and gesture
  • Composition, tone and paint application
  • Paint manipulation, colour and collage
  • Texture and layering
  • Reworking
Course outcomes
By the end of the course you will have created a number of paintings which explore different concepts of abstract art in your own style. You will have also further developed your understanding of abstract painting.

Who should attend
This course is designed for painters wishing to experiment with themes of abstract art, although it would also be suitable for beginners eager to be introduced to painting in this style.

All levels welcome

Tutor Description

Roger Gill is an artist and tutor who works in London and who has exhibited in the UK and Europe. He teaches a number of drawing and painting courses at Central Saint Martins, including courses on life painting, oil painting techniques, portrait drawing and painting and bespoke one-to-one tuition.

To view Roger's work see


Please bring the following items with you on the first day:

  • An A2 canvas board
  • A selection of acrylic paints - including: the primary colours, black, zinc or mixing white, raw umber, burnt sienna and yellow ochre
  • Acrylic paint retarder (to slow down drying)
  • Acrylic flow medium
  • Acrylic gel medium
  • A flat paint palette (white or clear), or a palette pad – please ensure that this is not a watercolour palette
  • Water pots
  • A selection of brushes (preferably a mixture of soft and hard)
  • A palette knife
  • An apron or old shirt to protect your clothe
  • Some examples of painters or paintings that inspire you or that you like

While an A2 canvas board is recommended by the tutor, you are welcome to bring additional boards, canvases or other painting surfaces in your preferred size or shape.

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates