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Abstract art

The Abstract Art 2-day course gives you the chance to experiment with mark making and the  formal elements of line, form, colour, tone, shape, pattern and texture.  These are the ingredients of abstract art and the course enables you to learn how to use these essential art elements through play and experimentation, while exploring a variety of materials and learning new techniques.

Suitable for all abilities.  Everyone is welcome.
Sat + Sun weekend course


Key Information


21 – 22 October 2017

Days: Sat + Sun
10 – 4pm


includes most materials

7 places remain
  • My courses are suitable for everyone.  But why?

    Mixed ability classes are dynamic and offer increased learning opportunities.
    Beginners are inspired by working alongside more experienced learners.
    Experienced learners build self confidence by sharing their knowledge and skills.

    Streamed classes can put a ‘glass ceiling’ on your learning and limit your progression.
    Adult learners bring a life time of skills and experience to the class.  This can’t be streamed.
    I believe in leaving the opportunity open for unexpected leaps of learning and creativity that can propel students beyond the narrow definitions of ‘beginner, intermediate or advanced’.

     This is why – We draw. We learn.  Have fun – together.

  • Essential items to bring
    Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    Digital camera or Smart phone with camera
    Drawing paper:
      Winsor & Newton, Medium Surface Cartridge Pad – A2, 220gsm   -or-
      Daler Rowney Fine Grain – heavy weight drawing pad – A2, 200gsm

    Optional items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course

  • Diaries from previous courses

  • “Having no previous experience of abstract art, I found this course exhilarating, enlightening and very informative.  Excellent tutor Brian.”
    Barbara I

    “Exciting, expressive, challenging (as usual), creative, developing and [creatively] exhausting – GREAT!”
    Steve R

    “Very good.  Pushed me out of my comfort zone.”
    Helen K

    “Great! Freedom to express myself and try new things.”
    Donna B

  • Weekend Course: 10 – 4pm
    Tutor: Brian Raymond

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

    Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.

  • Have a look at the Course gallery.

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    Apart from your sketchbook and essential drawing materials, all the following are included as part of the course fee.

    • Charcoal (compressed and willow)
    • Chalk pastels
    • Soft pencils 
    • Emulsion paint
    • Acrylic paint
    • watercolour paint
    • Wax crayon
    • Inks
    • All the equipment, brushes, etc you need
    • Newsprint

    The following items are provided
    Drawing boards
    Masking tape
    Bulldog clips
    Newsprint paper
    Other materials: eg, acrylics, drawing ink, etc.

Course structure

Making marks on paper is the ‘a-b-c’ of drawing, and learning to expand the range of marks you use will enrich your drawing and painting experience and result in more expressive and dynamic artworks.  My teaching will enable you to have the confidence and experience of developing ideas step-by-step to enable you to continue developing your ideas at home.

Click the blue Materials to bring tab
to see what you need to bring.

Day 1
You will be guided through exercises, with advice and tips, to encourage you to make free spontaneous drawings and paintings while exploring the qualities of materials such as pencils, charcoal, acrylic paint and ink – exploring traditional and new techniques you may not have thought of before. 

Day 2
Today focuses more on composition and how you arrange your shapes and colour in your picture.  You will learn how to interpret every-day scenes and turn them into expressive abstract images in collage and mixed media.  

You will go home at the end of the course revitalised and excited about new ways of drawing, painting and mark making.


“Having no previous experience of abstract art, I found this course exhilarating, enlightening and very informative.  Excellent tutor Brian.”
Barbara I

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What can I expect

Part of the Be more Creative series of courses the Abstract art course is designed to support your ongoing development as an independent and confident artist.  You will have the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques, processes, artistic best practice, all sprinkled with a dose of good old fashioned inspiration!

  • Loads of individual 1:1 tuition, and teaching by demonstration and examples.
  • Short Courses that will encourage your independence, self-confidence and creativity.
  • Flexibility to explore your own ideas.  
  • Honest and supportive feedback through tutor-led and group ‘critiques’.
  • Encouragement to take chances in a supportive and learning-led environment. 

pinterest_badge_redxLooking for more inspiration? Visit my Pinterest board to see many of the images I talk about when teaching this course. Why not follow me on Pinterest!

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