ArtsLink Abstraction Class

Experimenting with Abstraction with Diana Pilcher (5 weeks) Monday

We can all recognize a piece of abstract art when we see one but how do we make art that does not aim to represent reality directly? Artists began to break away from trying to represent such reality with the advent of abstraction at the turn of the 20th century. Since then painting, sculpture and drawing have proven that through abstraction we can find new ways to respond to our visual world.

This course is about experimentation with our visual world to create paintings that are more personal and expressive of ourselves. By experimenting with materials that will include dry and wet media the course will engage you in different ways of working to explore your imagination and release your creativity.

The course is suitable for anyone who wants to explore their use of materials, including paint, either to move on with their work away from more figurative methods, or who are coming to painting for the first time and want to work in an abstract style.

The course structure will consist of a series of projects that include experimentation with materials and image working from different starting points such as natural forms and secondary images. Each week there will be practical demonstrations in the use of a range of media to achieve varying outcomes. Each session will focus on the specifics of one element in particular for example, different colour schemes, design and composition and the building up of surfaces to produce different textured effects. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to create exciting and original outcomes to maximize their development with this style of painting.

Whilst starting points will be suggested for each session by Diana students will be encouraged to bring their own to the class and advice will be given on how to develop these.

For details on how to book this course please click here.


Feb 24 2020 - Mar 23 2020


1:30 pm - 4:00 pm


£91/82 (Friend)

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Digby Hall
Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA
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