Course Summary

Gain an understanding of the language of abstraction through paint. Learn about composition, colour-mixing, design and space and explore individual expression.

Abstract Painting will be explained through 20th century modernist artists and movements such as Piet Mondrian, De Stijl, Jackson Pollock and Abstract Expressionism to the contemporary approaches of artists today. Looking briefly at modernist abstract painting at the beginning of each class will offer the student a reference point to practice non-representational abstract painting. Each class looks at a different aspect of abstract painting such as colour, texture, hard edge and contemporary methods. .

Course Sessions

Wednesday, 9th May - 4 classes

Session ID HXAB4702C
9 May - 30 May 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$299 / $284 (conc)
Heidi Knoepfli

Encouragement to make individual decisions about the scale of participants paintings
Juxtaposition of colours and shapes
Discovering a new non-representational way of viewing the world and of applying these new views to canvas
Session 1: Introduction to abstraction through paint and history. Art & design elements: Practice: scale, proportion, repetition and form.
Session 2: Colour mixing: Practice working with colour tone and acrylic paint
Session 3: Use texture. Experimentation with materials and acrylic mediums within abstract painting
Session 4: Geometric and Hard-edge painting. Practice design and composition. Also individual consultation about future practice

The ability to create a structure, develop spontaneity, discover individual methods of composition, colour mixing and matching
An understanding of the use of space within the scale of your paintings
An understanding of the use of colour fields, shapes, patterns and design within a given canvas
An understanding of the use of acrylic paints and acrylic mediums

Please bring to class:
Tubes of acrylic paints in the following colours: red, blue, green, yellow, black, white.
Impasto medium, gloss gel medium (but not Impasto Gel medium) for acrylic paints (jars)
2 plastic spatulas
4 brushes – synthetic or bristle
4 painting boards (20 x 30cm). Please make sure you purchase these in centimetres not inches.
Palette & jars (empty)
2B pencil
Additional materials will be advised at the first class.

Those seeking an alternative to representational painting

Last updated: February 16, 2018 12:10am