Course Summary

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

Thursday, 31st October - 5 classes

Session ID HXA27305C
31 Oct - 28 Nov 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location CBD
Session Fees
$459 / $436 (conc)
Lane Cormick

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

Lane Cormick is an established Contemporary artist. His work has been featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Australian Center for Contemporary Art and the Daine Singer.

Lane's work draws from a wide array of influences including the aesthetics of the industrial and functional, investigation of skill and technique, performance, music, modernist and contemporary culture. These influences feed into an art practice that is open-ended and without predictable outcome.


Heidi Knoepfli is an experienced visual artist and has been teaching art for well over 30 years in Melbourne and England. 
Heidi holds a Graduate Diploma of Education form Melbourne University a Bachelor of Art from Monash University and a Masters of Fine Art from RMIT Melbourne. 
Heidi has a diverse and on going art practice in St Kilda encompassing painting drawing installation and performative art.
In addition she has exhibited widely with over 70 exhibition to her credit winning several art prizes and artist in residencies. 
Heidi has been published in severals journals etc and is collected here and in Switzerland Holland Germany South Africa + the UK.

Please bring to class:

  • Tubes of acrylic paints in the following colours: red, blue, green, yellow, black, white.
  • 2 plastic spatulas
  • 4 brushes – a selection of round, flat, etc. – synthetic or bristle
  • 4 painting boards (20 x 30cm). Please make sure you purchase these in centimetres not inches.
  • Palette & plastic jars or similar size containers (empty)
  • Rags
  • 2B pencil

Additional materials will be advised at the first class.

Notification of a class cancellation will be advised 48 hours prior to the course commencement date. We advise to purchase your materials once you have received email confirmation that your class is proceeding as scheduled. All efforts are made to ensure that our classes proceed to avoid disappointment.

Last updated: July 18, 2024 04:30pm