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Abstract Painting Class with Peter Griffen

Course overview

Abstraction, colour and energy are the key concepts of this two day acrylic painting workshop. Join popular tutor Peter Griffen for hands-on experimental, abstract and semi-abstract painting. Peter will demonstrate many acrylic painting techniques, with a particular emphasis on composition, line, strong colour and collage. Simple projects will be set and participants will be encouraged to work at their own rate and in their own way, allowing themselves to be guided by the painterly effects that they produce. Intuition, self-expression and individuality will be encouraged. In this workshop you will ‘take a line for a walk’ and enter the world of abstraction. Students will use a variety of different approaches from splashes, dripping, scraping and collaging, to create a truly imaginative abstract work.

Is this course right for me

This workshop assumes prior experience with acrylic paints.


Please bring your acrylic paints. The following is Peter’s preferred palette

  • White 250ml.....lots more white than other paint is important; Black; “Warm” yellow; “Cool” yellow ; “Warm” red ; “Cool” red ; “Warm” blue ; “Cool” blue ; (Pthalo green, Dioxine purple and Orange, if possible)
  • Brushes | A range of very fine to broad (up to 6cm approx)
  • Paper | At least 10 sheets of cartridge paper, approx. 60x40 cm
  • Derivan brand polymer gloss varnish 250ml
  • Modelling compound 250ml
  • Spatula
  • Small plastic containers
  • Rags and/or paper towels
  • Scissors and/or Stanley knife

Extras Anything else that you may wish to use such as:

  • Found objects, old magazines, etc., for collage ; Other acrylic paints ; Artist paper ; Other painting surfaces ; Small paint rollers ; Mouth atomizer ; Trowel; Pens and inks ; Gesso; pencils, charcoal, crayons

Maximum of 12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

Unless otherwise noted, prices exclude art materials. Click here to see a list of local art supply retailers.

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Course testimonials:

  • A relaxed atmosphere , helpful guidance and discussion from Peter Griffen made this a fabulous day to explore abstract art .