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Event Series Event Series: Abstract Painting – Term 2

Abstract Painting

Tuesdays 2 May - 27 June @ 9:30pm - 12pm

May 2 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

woman's hand painting a canvas in abstract style, colours of the artwork in progress are orange pink and textures and layers

This Abstract Painting Course invites you to break away from painting the visual reality of life. Abstract art: what is it and how do you do it? That is what this course will teach you. Abstract art can be described as any form of painting that does not try to portray reality.
Many abstract artists enjoy the process just as much as the finished results. In this course we’ll explore colours, different forms, and gestural marks using special technique, so you achieve your expectations.

The introduction to this abstract course will give some background on where abstract concepts originated and how it blossomed in the 1950s. Then you will embark on the journey of discovery, applying some of the techniques first employed by the artists from the New York Abstract Expressionists. Particularly colour field painting and carefully looking at colour, how it applies and works.

Once you’ve got this concept, we will look at contemporary artists and what they are doing in this genre. Learn colour glazing with multiple layers of thin colour. You’ll learn the differences between direct and indirect painting and how they combine to create distinct effects in abstract. We will use images from nature and learn how to use them to start an abstract artwork, using modelling paste to increase textures to increase impact.


  • Atelier interactive Acrylics:
    Pthalo Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, Transparent Yellow, Titanium white
  • Art spectrum clear gesso 250ml
  • Atelier moulding paste 250ml
  • 50mm  Flat brush
  • 25mm Flat brush
    The materials above can be pre-ordered/purchased directly with Tony Clarke and available at the first session. Total cost $150.



Let well respected artist/tutor Tony Clarke share his extensive knowledge and skills on making art that is not a perfect copy of life. Abstract is something you may or may not have associated with Tony as many of his current students strive for exact perfection of reality in their paintings!


May 2
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Studio 3
35 Uxbridge Road
Auckland, 2014 New Zealand
(09) 535 6467


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