Painting - Subject Led

Crossing the bridge to abstract painting with Robert Sosner

Ref: S4D09427

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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 and will be guided on how to edit the work to reveal the beginnings of an abstract composition. We will then look at several types of abstract painting from which you will be able to make choices, with guidance, on how to develop the work. Colour, line, shape, texture, different types of mark-making, 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. It will give you an understanding of the mechanics and motivation that goes in to making abstract work and some tools to develop the themes explored in your own time after the course.

Timetable

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, 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

Included

  • The course fee includes the cost of providing some acrylic paints, PVA glue and papers to get started, shared amongst the group. Students may need to purchase more from the shop as required. If you have any materials at home from the available to buy list below, please bring them along.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring 3 or more objects that you would like to use for your still life compositions.
  • You may also bring some work from home that you wish to develop in the latter part of the course.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Additional acrylic paints
  • Brushes
  • Graphite pencils - 2B and 2H
  • Additional papers
  • Sketchbook - any size

Have an open mind and be prepared to experiment.

"Great tuition pitched perfectly for the amateur artist crossing into abstract art. Struck a great balance between showing us what to do and leaving us to be entirely free in our endeavours."

Clair, 2019

Tutors

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.

Accommodation

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

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