Abstract Painting - Beginners

This course is designed for you to explore the power of line, colour and texture to develop your own abstract painting.

Be prepared to step out of your comfort zone, be challenged, be bold, and have fun!

Course Content

We will examine the development of abstraction from cubism through to examples of contemporary artists who use the abstract language in the composition of their artwork.

During the course we will look at artistic movements who used abstraction such as surrealism, minimalism, lyrical abstraction, abstract expressionism, constructivism and conceptualism. The lessons will be structured so that students can experiment with their own painting using examples from art history to inform their artistic development.

In the classes students will be encouraged to develop their own style and experiment with painting media with a particular emphasis on acrylics and water based media. We will also look at criteria and discuss elements that make a good abstract painting, this may help students make decisions that improve the quality of their own painting output.

Course outcomes:
• You will explore line, tone, composition, colour and paint handling
• You will learn about the history of abstract art by looking at different periods in art history and focusing on particular abstract artists
• You will practise ways of painting expressively
• You will learn how mix colours from the three primary colours and three earth tones.
• You will learn to use your brush in a decisive manner
• You will talk about your work and others’ works in informal group critiques

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will have additional hygiene procedures in place, as per government guidelines. Please note that if guidance changes, we may need to make changes to your course, such as reducing numbers attending onsite, or in the event of lockdown, postponing or moving the course online. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

Some experience of drawing and painting would be beneficial. Otherwise this is suitable for mixed levels.

Assessment Methods

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email

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Additional Information

A sketchbook, pencil, any initial ideas you might have. If you have acrylic paint and paintbrushes, please bring those. Your tutor will let you know what else you might want to purchase for the course in the first session.

Paper is available for purchase at the college, or you can bring your own.


Remote Learning:
Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.