with artist and tutor Graeme Swanson

Thursdays from 1.00pm - 3.30pm

4 Weeks from Thursday 9th - Thursday 30th July



Each week, there will be a live interactive session  and Graeme will schedule individual tutorials by either Zoom, WhatsApp or email (student preference)

What does abstract mean to you?

During this 4 week intensive and fun abstract painting course, you will have opportunities to explore and express, what abstraction means to you by creating your own abstract image or visual story. 

You can develop ideas, sketches, consider patterns, shapes, textures while experimenting with various techniques  in painting (with acrylics) ,drawing, or mixed media.

  • Creating an abstract composition – getting started, tutor advice and demonstrations

  • Colour and Composition - Considering your colour scheme tips on composition

  • Expressive Exploration - Alternative applications, using different brushes, rollers, spatulas, old credit cards to create an abstract expressive style

  • Mark Making with acrylic paint (dries in a short time, so that you can take away with you attend of the day)

  • Try different surfaces, cartridge paper, board, maybe a small canvas?

  • An element of informal art theory will also be included 


The course is suitable for those with some painting experience who would like to learn how to develop an abstract style and as an advanced course for those who wish to further develop and explore their individual abstract creative process.


Each week you will be able  to access a themed tutorial which is open to your interpretation and arranged individual feedback session (Zoom, WhatsApp, email)

Materials List

  • Acrylic paints: a set of mixed colours, (beginners/starter pack) although you can mix most colours from just blue, red, yellow, black and white

  • An old cloth, dishwashing sponge  

  • Out of date plastic cards e.g. bank/credit/supermarket/club. These are great for spreading, scraping, lifting paint. Old spreader

  • Paintbrushes, with synthetic bristles, min 2- 3 

  • A household DIY paintbrush

  • Sketchpad or sheets of strong cartridge paper, perhaps a small board or canvasboard, or a small canvas

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The Edinburgh Drawing School,

13a Great King Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QW

0131 556 0971  |   07791 121313

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