Crossing the bridge to abstract painting with Robert Sosner

Painting - Subject Led

Ref: S3D11391

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About this course

Working from still life, landscape and narrative you will be shown how to make the transition from figurative to abstraction, through exercises and personal projects. Benefit from both individual and group tuition throughout.

Course Description

Through a series of practical exercises, including a personal project, you will learn how to make the transition from figurative to abstract painting. You will have the opportunity to draw and paint from both still life and landscape as a starting point. The tutor will teach you how to edit the work to reveal the beginnings of an abstract composition. You will then look at several types of abstract paintings from which you will be able to make choices, with guidance, on how to develop the work.

Colour, line, shape, composition and scale will be explored to achieve different results. Historical and contemporary artists will be referenced throughout.

The tutor will provide initial exercises as ways into abstraction, followed by one-to-one support with further guidance and group discussions.

By the end of the course you will have gained knowledge that will enable you to start making your own abstract paintings. You will gain an understanding into the mechanics and motivation that goes into making abstract work, and some tools to help you develop the themes explored in your own time after the course.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing some acrylic paint, PVA glue and papers to get started and to be shared amongst the group. Students will need to purchase more from the shop as required.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring 3 or more objects that you would like to use for your still life compositions.
  • Water pots – jam jars/yogurt pots (some pots are available from the College.
  • You may also bring some work from home that you wish to develop in the latter part of the course.
  • If you have any materials at home from the available to buy list below, please bring them along.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Charcoal and a graphite pencil
  • Acrylic paint minimum of 59ml tube: Cadmium Red Hue, Alizarin Crimson, Magenta, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Lemon Yellow, Black, Titanium White and a green of your choice.
  • A selection of brushes – round and flat head – quality of your choosing
  • One flat head brush 2 inches wide
  • Additional papers
  • Sketchbook – any size
Have an open mind and be prepared to experiment. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Robert Sosner

Robert studied painting at Chelsea School of Art and has been a recipient of a bursary from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York. He has taught artists throughout the film and broadcast media industries and is a mentor to local professional artists.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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