Ways into abstract painting

Course Dates: 24/07/20 - 14/08/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, e.g. colour, composition, tone and paint application.


What is the course about?

- exploring different pathways into making abstract paintings.
- providing a stimulating atmosphere for personal discovery
- encouraging an imaginative, sensitive and individual handling of paint.
- becoming familiar with visual language by looking at a variety of artists' work.

What will we cover?

- Visual language in painting - colour, composition, tone and paint application.
- Different methods of arriving at abstraction – eg starting from observation, using experimental methods, conceptual systems and translating different sensory information.

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

- Select the pictorial and material means with which to express a range of ideas, sensations and emotions
- Use with greater confidence the visual language common to both representation and abstraction
- Be more confident with your use of colour.

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

This is a course for anyone with an open mind and/or some basic drawing or painting skills.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

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

You will be guided through several processes to produce abstract paintings referring to specific artists or genres. As the course progresses you will develop an individual approach to making abstract paintings. Experimentation will be encouraged.

There will be practical projects, individual guidance and encouragement, group discussion and examination of artists' work, including a gallery visit.

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

All the standard art materials that you will need are provided.

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 www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.

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

You may be able to progress onto courses such as Painting; Content and Meaning, Reading a Paint Surface, Contemporary Painting Studio, or Painting 1 or 2 depending on your level.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

It’s was very important for me !! The teacher is perfect for the course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 06/06/2019)
Would highly recommend it.
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Review by Debbie / (Posted on 25/05/2019)
It's an exciting and stimulating course. An excellent way in to abstract painting.
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 24/05/2019)
supportive expert instruction with scope for freedom to develop own work
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 23/05/2019)
Yes I would recommend this course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 24/03/2019)
Useful way to learn how to do abstract painting
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/10/2018)
This is a fascinating course that has been very well considered and provides the student with a balanced theoretical and practical introduction to wonderful world of abstract painting. The course tutor is highly organised and had excellent time management skills.
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Review by chips / (Posted on 20/07/2015)
An excellent course. Very well organised and taught. Weekly projects led us into new spheres of experimentation. Great support from the teacher. Links to other artists were well researched
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Review by Pat / (Posted on 26/03/2015)
This is an excellent course for liberating us from the traditional painting method if we want the loosening up in terms of seeing, composition, colour mixing and mixed media experimentation.
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Review by Farida / (Posted on 20/03/2015)
Tutor Biographies
Mario Lautier Vella Tutor Website

Mario Lautier Vella is a cross-disciplinary, award-winning artist who began his art career at City Lit. After completing a number of short courses in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles, Mario went on to do the two-year City Lit Fine Art course before going back to university to gain his Masters degree. Mario regularly exhibits in the UK and abroad and his work can be found in private collections around the world. Mario has enjoyed teaching at City Lit since 2011. For more info go to mariolautiervella.com

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VM790

Please choose a course date 

Fri, day, 24 Jul - 14 Aug '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £239.00
Concession: £182.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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