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Abstract Painting

Venue Bluecoat
Admission £133.84

Delve into the imaginative world of abstract painting with professional artist Emily Bartlett. The course is suitable for newcomers and for more experienced painters wanting to try something new and exciting.


Day 1 will begin with an introduction to various materials and textures with examples of abstract styles. During the second half of the day you will put the introductions into practice and use acrylic paints, collage, and drawing materials to explore a visual world beyond the usual design principles and concerns of composition. You’ll begin with an underlying structure/theme, then move to a broader visual improvisation where you get to create-as-you-go.

Day 2 will focus on composition. You will explore factors which all working together at once; colour, line, shape, contrast, focal area and movement. will look at opposites; saturated and neutral, dark and light, busy and quiet, textured and flat. Looking into the arrangement of these elements and their relationship to one another you will learn how to put these onto paper together producing an aesthetically pleasing arrangements.

Day 3 will be combining days 1 and 2 plus a short experimentation with layering for depth, self-exploring, and finally concluding in creating an ‘abstract self-portrait’, with discussions and constructive feedback.

Tutor: Emily Bartlett

Emily is an experienced trainer and artist, who has taught painting to children and adults in both Italy and the UK.

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