Introduction to abstract painting

Course Dates: 06/07/19 - 07/07/19
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Amanda Knight

Learn how to develop original abstract ideas from simple starting points and build confidence using a variety of painting approaches in acrylics. Explore the power of line, colour and texture in a lively weekend of structured project work.


What is the course about?

This course begins with a short illustrated talk on abstraction, setting the scene for a series of short projects that explore line, tone, composition, colour and paint handling. You will practise ways of painting expressively (directly), as well as structured techniques for developing a painting in layers. Be prepared to take a few risks, have fun, and participate in discussing ideas as a group.

What will we cover?

Starting points for abstraction - music, objects, photo-collage
Introducing the elements of form – line, shape, tone, colour, texture
Mixing and applying paint; inventing a range of marks
Composition and visual rhythm
A personal project piece using layered techniques.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Practise three different routes into abstraction
Use line, shape and tone to create visual depth and rhythm
Demonstrate improved skills in mixing colour
Use a range of tools for applying paint in varied marks
Gain confidence in reviewing and developing your composition and ideas.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course - some general painting experience is useful but not essential.
Colour-mixing and paint application techniques will be covered.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The main focus is on practical painting activities with some contextual background. You will be encouraged to participate in discussing ideas as a group.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

An A4 Sketchbook is useful for planning ideas, colour notes, and building reference.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Exploring and explaining abstract painting, Ways into abstract painting, Sketchbook development and Introduction to printmaking - or monotypes.

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Book your place

Course Code: VM804

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Sat-Sun, day, 06 Jul - 07 Jul '19

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £129.00

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