Painting - Subject Led

Introduction to abstract painting with Robert Sosner

Ref: SWE09330


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About this course

Learn ways to start an abstract painting using line, colour, shape and frottage, then develop and complete abstract paintings. Gain insights into abstraction with brief talks on historical and contemporary themes.

Course Description

Learn about abstraction and discover the answers to key questions such as: How to start an abstract painting? How to build your work once you have made a start? What are the different ways of making an abstract painting?

You will be guided through a series of practical exercises using line, colour, shape, frottage, resist techniques and collage. You will learn how to edit and develop your work to achieve surprising and exciting results.

The focus will be on expressive abstraction and there will be short talks showing various types of abstract painting using historical and contemporary examples.

At the end of the course you will have gained an insight into the diversity of expression that this type of painting offers. You will have some tools that will enable you to make and develop your own work after the course, and you will start to look at abstraction in a more informed way.

There will be group and individual tuition throughout.


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

What students need to bring

  • Empty jam jars

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • We have a generously stocked craft shop, which opens daily from 8.30am-2pm.
  • For any materials you need to purchase from the shop, we suggest you do so during the first morning of your course, after having discussed with your tutor.
  • Canvases
  • Graphite pencils - 2B and 2H
  • Brushes - various sizes
  • Acrylic Paint, oil pastels
  • Palette
  • Paper 12 sheets - A3 to A1
  • A4 sketchbook

Student Review

" The tutor gave clear explanations of the basics of abstract art and provided print-outs of his computer power point. He spent a considerable amount of time helping each student to progress in their own individual way, giving freely of his own considerable knowledge, artistic talent and experience. Robert was courteous and polite, appropriately critical, but encouraging and non-judgemental "

Rosemary 2019


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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