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.

Suitable for: Beginners, improvers and intermediate artists.
Everyone is welcome.
Sat + Sun weekend course

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includes most materials

Day: Sat + Sun
Time: 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond

23 – 24 Feb 2019

9 places remaining
  • Essential items to bring

    1. Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    2. Plastic erasor
    3. Kneadable or ‘putty’ rubber
    4. Painting paper
      choose either;
    • Daler Rowney: A2 size
      System 3 acrylic pad
      230gsm – 20 sheets
    • Winsor + Newton: 500 x 400 size
      Galleria acrylic pad
      300gsm – 15 sheets

    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

  • 2-day weekend:
    Sat: 10 – 4pm
    Sun: 10 – 4pm

    Brian Raymond

    Beginner, Improver, Intermediate, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

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

  • Diaries from all previous courses


What can I expect

Structured learning
The weekend has been carefully planned to take you step by step towards an understanding of the structures behind creating abstract art so you leave confident in knowing how to create your own personal abstract art ideas.

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 tuition, and teaching by demonstration and examples.

Personal artistic development
This course breaks down the process of making abstract art with lots of exercises and creative processes that will encourage your independence, self-confidence and creativity.

Shared learning
There will be plenty of opportunities to receive lots of positive feedback, share ideas and learn from each other in a supportive group environment.

Extra Session
Book yourself onto the PAYG Creative Saturday  sessions to give yourself  the extra time that so many students ask for after completing this course.  Extra studio time with the usual 1:1 support and guidance from an experienced tutor will help you put into practice everything you have learnt.

Discount Details available here.


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


“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


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.  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.


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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.

 Core | Materials | Creativity | Independence


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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