About the Course
Discover how to use abstraction in your artwork through guided projects. Experiment with a variety of drawing and painting materials, learn about historical and contemporary approaches to abstraction, and develop your own personal vision. Suitable for all levels, including beginners.
Through material demonstrations, group discussion, and individual studio work, you will develop direct and practical ways of working with abstraction. During the course you will explore different material techniques, colour, and compositional devices in relation to abstraction. Personal experimentation and the use of sketchbooks will be encouraged for testing ideas and gathering inspiration. Returning students will have the opportunity to develop self-directed projects in conversation with the tutor.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Experiment with a range of materials and techniques in relation to abstraction
Use historical and contemporary approaches as inspiration for abstract compositions
Explore and develop an awareness of colour in relation abstraction
Build confidence taking a personal approach to abstraction through individual research or projects
Class format and activities
Group discussions and feedback
Individual feedback and tuition
Beginning students will follow set projects for studio work, based on your personal level of development. Returning students will have the opportunity to develop self-directed projects in conversation with the tutor. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
Students of all abilities are welcome. The only thing you need is an open attitude towards experimentation and discussion.
What you need to know before you enrol
Demonstrations and studio work do not demand a particular level of fitness, and activities can be adapted for individual circumstances where needed.
What you will need for your class
This class takes place in a well-equipped art studio with easels and tables. The course fee does not include art materials and you can bring your own or purchase these from your tutor at cost price each week. For example, cartridge paper is 40p for an A1 sheet. All materials will be provided for the first session when your tutor will give you a suggested materials list.
What you can do next
This course will complement any painting or drawing course at Morley. Type the search term "painting" or “drawing” into the Morley website to bring up the full range of courses from beginner to advanced offered by the department. If you are wanting to prepare a portfolio for application to University, the level 3 VFA004A UAL Art Foundation Diploma offers a year of intensive study covering drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital, and mixed media.
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