Abstract Painting Courses 2022 with Emma Burnett


In the context of general painting techniques and skills you will learn the following:-

In Abstract Painting, also known as Pure Painting, you cannot hide behind the distraction of a subject so the other painting skills become much more important; colour choices, colour balance, picture construction, harmony, mood, the value of mark making and how to apply paint in interesting ways.

On the Abstract Course we learn lots of interesting mark making techniques and layering.  You can then work on one large painting, 2 smaller paintings or 6 small paintings.  The smaller ones are good for beginners and ‘Abstract Explorers.  If you are working on a large canvas you need to bring your own canvas and acrylic paints.

The 2 day course is suitable for complete beginners or those who would like to brush up on basic techniques.  We start by creating a reference sketchbook of techniques, styles and ideas and then we paint a picture.

As with all our courses, the subject is a vehicle for learning different artistic skills that build our technical tool kit.  

Materials are provided unless you are painting a large canvas. You then bring your own paints and canvas but brushes, knives and sketchbooks are provided.

The aim of this course is to cover many aspects of painting abstracts in order to give you knowledge, inspiration and techniques to help you create your own work.  Playing with paint and experimenting and learning how to create effects are more important than taking home a polished painting.

I like to encourage you to develop your own style rather than follow a set, prescriptive style.  

Suitable for complete beginners and those who have painted before and wish to rekindle their desire to paint again and brush up on the basic techniques.  No drawing skills required.

Coffee, cake and a delicious home cooked, healthy lunch with wine are included.

Arrive from 9.30am, for coffee before a 10am start.  The day finishes at 4.30pm.

2 day course Abstract Painting 2022 – £295

Thursday and Friday May 19th and 20th  –  FULL

Wednesday and Thursday October 26th and 27th

FOLLOW UP SESSIONS 2022 – for those who have already attended a 2 day course.  Cost £75 per day (£60 per day if you book 5 sessions in advance even including the following year).  You bring your own lunch and own materials.  Coffee and cake included.

Tuesday 5th July

Wednesday 3rd August

Friday 30th September

Tuesday 18th October




The safety of all our students and staff is of the utmost priority.  All health and safety measures are in place including:-

plenty of open windows and fresh air

temperature test on entry

frequent hand washing and sanitising stations

very small classes to allow distancing

rigorous cleaning throughout – before and after classes

each student has their own work table

Any class that has to be postponed or cancelled because of covid can be rebooked.  There is no time limit on rebooking classes.