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Beginning Abstract Painting

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Palms, Westside
3264 Motor Avenue
Btwn Irene St & National Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90034
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 14 and older
Average Class Size: 14
Teacher: Scott Yeskel

What you'll learn in this oil painting class:

Our sought after Abstract Instructor, Scott Yeskell, begins by showing his students a well worn system based on sound art theories. See live demonstrations how to keep your colors clean and create exciting paintings. Open to all ages & levels.

What you will learn:
Learn a developed system of abstract painting
Learn how to work with emotion, color, rhythm
Learn how to maximize a provocative composition
Learn to paint abstractly while staying intouch with traditional methods and techniques.
Get an overview on building a body of abstract work for Gallery Representation

Have you ever pondered the various ways of transforming your painting muse into an abstract expression of how or what you feel? Seems a bit complicated, but worth a shot, right? Take a photo of a specific scene that you are fond of, whether it's a Downtown busy street, the ocean, a sweeping meadow, ect. and begin to understand its rhythm. Is it calm? frantic? Does it overlap in size and shape, is it warm or cool? Next, take your picture and crop it, blow it up, imagine it from a birds eye view. Starting to sound interesting?
In this course with a working, professional artist, you will learn and develop a system of painting abstract imagery that will make your work grow leaps and bounds. Yeskel will explain the mesh between midcentury abstraction and realism and how it has evolved in today's art world. Learn to paint abstractly while staying intouch with traditional methods and techniques.


Assortment of Filberts and Flats, nothing too small, prederably number’s, 6, 8, 10, 12. Assortment of cheap 1” and lager handware store brushes. 
Assortment of small canvas for studies: 11x14, 12x16, 14x18, 16x20, and 18x24. Larger canvas for final works: 24x36 ad 36x36 etc. 
Paints – oil or acrylic (Mandatory limited palette and canvas)
Titanium white
Yellow ochre
Cadmium orange
Cad red light reference
Alizarin crimson
Cerulean Blue
Ultra marine blue
Burnt umber
Optional colors
Cadmium yellow
Cadmium green light
Cobalt blue

Other supplies
A number of photographs or images cut from magazines of landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes
Acrylic yellow ocher, raw sienna or neutral grey for toning canvas
Water jars (spray bottles for acrylic painters
Paper towels
Acrylic varnish for acrylic painters
Walnut or linseed oil
Rags and paper towels (Please do not use the one in the bathroom)
Palette knives

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Refund Policy

Make-Up Policy: Students pre-pay all classes by the month or the quarter - it is a commitment that is made by the student and Kline Academy that insures your easel space will be held for you. If a student misses a class for whatever reason, and if a 24-hour notice was given to our office, as a courtesy, Kline Academy welcomes students to come to any other class while enrolled and if space is available, to do a "make- up." Make-ups are not owed to a student and have no monetary value, they are simply a courtesy extended by Kline Academy.

Please note you may only take a make-up class when you are enrolled for a least a month and may only be used within the dates you are enrolled. A make-up class may not be used in the class you are in or added on at the end of the session. Make-ups expire at the end of the year they were acquired in.

Refund Policy: We are not able to offer refunds for any class or workshop for any reason once they have been purchased. If you sign up for a class and need to miss some of the dates within the month you may be able to take advantage of our makeup policy (see above). Please note any changes made to enrollment may incur a $75 administrative fee.


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Question from Donna C.
For the one day class, how many canvases are needed?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Donna! Just one is needed. Thanks!
Question from anonymous
I have a drawing that I drew and would like to transfer onto a canvas painting. I never have painted before. but to draw this picture again is impossible for me since it has so many detailed lines. can you recommend a class that will charcoal carbon copy picture to canvas for painting?
Answer from Cheryl K. Verified Educator
Dear Artist, The best advice I can give you is to not begin to learn to paint with a project that is so precious to you. We begin our students with painting exercises that will develop your skills so that eventually you can tackle difficult projects. You are welcome to come and visit us. We are a skill-based professional art academy.

Reviews of Classes at Kline Academy of Fine Art (55)

(55 Reviews)
Beginning Abstract Painting
Reviewed by Pamela D. on 2/10/2020
I enjoyed taking the 'Abstract' painting class on Monday nights. I signed up four 4 weeks. The sessions were more like open studio time rather than actual instructional classes, so that was a little disappointing as I felt like I did not learn much as it relates to abstract painting. There was some basic instruction on setting up color palette, sequence for applying paint to canvas, and cleaning brushes, all of which can be covered in about 20 minutes. There are also other students/artist of differing skill levels, and who are painting in differing styles in the studio at the same time as the 'Abstract' painting class. I learned more from watching what the other people were doing, than from instruction. Overall, I enjoyed the time but I think it is a lot of money for time shared in a studio. The label of "class" is somewhat misleading.
Beginning Abstract Painting
Reviewed by doria n. on 1/14/2020
Great class .
Beginning Abstract Painting
Reviewed by Lureline K. on 7/18/2017
The class was ok however the was not the class I purchased and I was very disappointed in that. I did not have the things I needed because it was a different class with a completely different instructor. :(
Beginning Abstract Painting
Reviewed by Rhonda C. on 9/28/2016
I love Scott. He's a great artist and really great teacher. Enjoying it all.
Beginning Abstract Painting
Reviewed by Rhonda C. on 9/21/2016
Loved it. I really like Scott.

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