Abstract Painting with Acrylic Paint

  • Tutor, Eve Dawson
  • Monday Feb 22nd, 1st Mar, 8th 15th and 22
  • 10am – 12, via Zoom
  • 1/2 a term, £120

What level of experience is needed for this course?

This ten week course suits absolute beginners and those who have some prior painting experience.

Eve Dawson, who is a professional artist & mentor, specializes in an expressionist and intuitive style of working which is full of energy and colour.

What happens each week

Week 1     Introduction to tools and techniques            

Eve will introduce you to Acrylic paints, with a basic intro to techniques and the tools used to achieve those techniques. These will be presented as a live demonstration that you can paint along to.

Weeks 2  and 3 Expressionist & Abstract Skies              

Using techniques and tools from week 1 Eve will guide you through the process of creating your own abstract interpretation of the sky, taking inspiration from an image  provided. This will include choosing the right colours and tones. 

Week 4  and 5 Abstract Landscape         

Taking reference from a landscape image provided, Eve will discuss, demonstrate and work alongside you to create an abstract visual response. Learn what to include, what to abstract, and to explore different forms of mark making as abstract language. 

Half Term

Week 6      Recap of course so far          

Eve will present a general recap and overview of what has been learnt in weeks 1 – 5

Week 7      Independent work             

This week will be a chance to do your ‘own thing’. Use an image as reference, or consider working in a completely serendipitous way, letting your paintbrush lead the way. Eve will guide you through this process.

Week 8 and 9   Sea Views

This week you will be encouraged to create a painting that puts into practise all you have learnt so far. Please provide an image of a sea scape, or sea view. Eve will be working on a seascape and will discuss how you might approach the process, what kind of brushstrokes to use, and which colours, textures and materials. 


Week 10     Show and Tell            

Show and tell, plus ‘constructive and helpful’ critique.



  • 3 large ready made canvases or thick cartridge paper A1,
  • Acrylic Paints: Any paints you may already have including:
  • Titanium White,
  • Payne’s Grey,
  • Indigo,
  • Ultramarine Blue,
  • Cadmium Red,
  • Magenta or Rose,
  • Lemon Yellow,
  • Cadmium Yellow, all available from The Range or online with Amazon.

Tools for applying paint:  straight edge brushes, rounded brushes, palette knives, plastic scrapers, old credit cards, sponges and old house brushes, plastic sheeting to protect walls and all surfaces, water sprayer, apron or old shirt. Two jam jars for water. Plus kitchen roll for general mopping up!

You will need to be able to work upright so arrange an area at home where you can place an easel if you have one, either free standing, or table top, or a drawing board, avoid working flat. 

Eve loves to share her art experiences and skills and during the course will encourage you to explore acrylics as a medium. This course via Zoom, will feel like a ‘one to one’ master class where you will discover a variety of methods & techniques.

Eve is happy to receive emails afterwards for any additional feedback or help. 


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