Abstract Painting

What is abstract art? How relevant is it in the contemporary practice of art? How does it relate to the modern day world? This course is designed to address these questions and explore abstract art in the light of contemporary discourse in art and design. Students will learn about the vast possibilities of abstract art and how to incorporate its basic ideas in their practice as an artist. The course will begin with a study of the history of abstract art, followed by learning about the fundamentals of design and composition. Two workshops on texture, medium and mark making will explore the techniques of abstract paintings. The aim of the course is to help students approach their practice of art with more artistic freedom and creativity.

What you will learn:

  • Texture making and mark making

  • Application of design and color theory

  • Exploring art mediums

  • Experimental painting

  • Building ideas and projects

Required supplies:

  • There will be a presentation at the first class, including a discussion of materials. In the time remaining, students will begin to develop concepts for their first painting and should bring a minimal assortment of supplies for that purpose. These should include: sketching materials; a painting surface; a few tubes of oil or acrylic paint (suggested is white, ultramarine blue, and burnt sienna); odorless paint thinner (oil painters only); painting medium; palette and palette knife; paper towels; a small assortment of brushes