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Abstract Painting Short Course

Course description

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.

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.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered:

  • Contextual analysis
  • Mark-making and gesture
  • Composition, tone and paint application
  • Paint manipulation, colour and collage
  • Texture and layering
  • Reworking


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 - Students should make arrangements to take their work home at the end of the course. Any work that is left in the studio, during or after the course, is at a student’s own risk. In such circumstances students should ensure that work is clearly labelled with their name, course title and dates. Work will be kept for no longer than one month after the end of the course. Please note that we are unable to arrange for the delivery of your work, but would be very happy to prepare this ready for collection should you wish to arrange for a courier.

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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.

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