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. .
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)
Additional materials will be advised at the first class.
Those seeking an alternative to representational painting