Painting - Subject Led

Abstract painting – finding your voice with Robert Sosner

Ref: SSS08951

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About this course

Gain an in-depth insight into the various forms of picture construction and expressive possibilities in abstract art, whilst you find your own voice within this exciting format. Learn how to analyse pictorial elements including form, narrative, composition, spatial relationships, colour, line and layering, and how they can create different outcomes in your painting.

Course Description

Subjects include:

• Form and narrative - what is abstract form and how does it determine the direction and narrative of a painting.

• Composition - less is more - is this the way for me?

• Colour vs shape - is my painting colour focussed or shape focussed.

• Spatial relationships - what is space in abstract art - how is it defined and how can it be controlled within the confines of the picture rectangle.

The use of colour, line, layering and surface texture will be explored throughout.

The first part of the week will include exercises that encourage you to experiment with technical possibilities to achieve directed outcomes. The second half you will develop your own choice of direction and outcomes based on the knowledge gained. Several themes will be suggested to support your choice.

Art historical and contextual examples will be used throughout and we will look at the work of Mondrian, Matisse, Miro, Diebenkorn, Motherwell, Elsworth Kelly, Tapies, Sandra Blow, Gillian Ayres, Chris Martin.

Your tutor will support you with demonstrations, group and one to one direction, and there will be opportunity for group discussions.

By the end of the course you will have gained an understanding of how analysis and choice determines direction. You will have produced paintings on canvas that enable you to express your particular interest in abstract art and your work will have your personal expressive stamp on it.

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for your summer school week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:

Special Summer School features:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• A swap-over session to another course of your choice

• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (pre-booked)

• A celebration with dinner, entertainment and music

• Workshop displays of students' work and informal end-of-course group reviews


Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

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).

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 should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing some fixative shared amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • Water pots (plastic pots are available in the College)
  • Please bring any of the below 'available to buy items' if you have them

Available to buy

  • Acrylic paints
  • Scissors
  • Stretchers
  • Acrylic primer
  • PVA glue
  • Canvas - cotton duck
  • Palette
  • Graphite pencil
  • Stretched canvas
  • Brushes
  • Charcoal
  • Board clips
  • Paper


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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