Abstract art


Abstract Art.  Experiment with mark making and the  formal elements of line, form, colour, tone, shape, pattern and texture to create stunningly personal abstract images.

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, to create your own personal abstract art images.  

You will be guided to explore a variety of materials and learn many new techniques that will inspire and give you the confidence to develop your own abstract language and style.


“Exciting, challenging, interesting, accessible – DO IT! I started from a very low base.  I learnt about composition, all the different ways to make marks – making things interact.  It was really enjoyable and I felt I learned some basic skills to get me going. It was good fun and I achieved more than I thought i could.”
Kate A

“It is a hugely supportive atmosphere with a broad range of content suitable for all abilities.  Brian is a great tutor.  Friendly non-judgmental tutoring in a great studio and incredible value for money.”
Chris C

“Learning the principles and techniques involved in beginning to understand how Abstract Art is formed and the steps we were shown and practiced was invaluable.  The course has shown me not only how to construct the image but the various elements that make it up.”
Jon B



Includes most materials

ADULT, Teaching Level 1



Places available

Course details

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.  This is the fundamental skill you need to create abstract art. My teaching will enable you to have the confidence and experience of developing ideas step-by-step to enable you to continue developing abstract art ideas at home.

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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.  The skills you learn today will be used to create your own abstract art.

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 to create personal and individualistic abstract art.

What can I expect

Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.  

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Inclusive + personalised learning
A teaching style that focuses on your individual needs and is fully accepting of your individuality.

Creativity and technical skills
Teaching that allows you to learn new technical skills and develop your creativity, and leave inspired to continue to develop your skills further at home.

Welcoming studio
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, teaching style.

Choose this course if you want to find out how to make creative personal abstract art.

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

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

Choosing the right course

Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus. 
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability. 
There is no specific starting point.


Fundamental building blocks applicable to all art styles


Materials + techniques to fall in love with


Stand out – learn to develop a strong artistic voice.


Ongoing development away from formal courses

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