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.
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.
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.
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)
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
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.