Abstract painting – expressive possibilities with Robert Sosner

Painting - Subject Led

Ref: S3D11674

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About this course

Learn the building blocks of abstract painting including form, colour, painted paper collage, line, composition, space and narrative.

Course Description

An introduction for all painters to the building blocks that underpin the expressive possibilities of abstract painting including form, colour, painted paper collage, line, composition, space and narrative.

Understand the building blocks that make up the expressive possibilities that abstract painting can take on this stimulating and thought provoking hands-on course.

Through a series of demonstrations and directed exercises based on contextual and historical examples from artists including Piet Mondrian, Henri Matisse, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Motherwell, Elsworth Kelly, Sandra Blow and Chris Martin, you will learn how choice determines outcome in abstract painting.

You will explore, form, colour, painted paper collage, line, composition, space and narrative. There will be an opportunity for individual tutorials, which can help you to reflect on how this understanding can develop your painting practice further.

By the end of the course, you will have gained an insight into understanding how all painting is ultimately made up from abstract elements. You will have completed various expressive possibilities using acrylic paint and charcoal/graphite pencil on paper to achieve different outcomes. You will also have gained confidence in your ability to make choices in your painting process.


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


  • Some lining paper and paint for one of the exercises.

What students need to bring

  • Water and paint containers/receptacles. These can be jam jars, yoghurt pots, etc. Two or three would be useful. Suitable clothing for working with acrylic paint.
  • Please brings any items from the available to buy list if you have them.

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
  • Palette
  • Available from tutor:
  • Tutor will supply paper
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


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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