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Abstract Painting: The Process

  • All levels
  • 18 and older
  • $240
  • Earn 2,400 reward points
  • 315 E 62nd St, New York, NY
  • 12 hours over 4 sessions

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What you'll learn in this abstract painting class:

We will explore the issues central to abstract painting and the function of drawing in developing one’s own language. This class focuses on developing each artist’s passion for making abstract art through a range of activities, studying in particular how to explore one’s inspiration and ideas via the process and using a language specific to each artist to develop these ideas into coherent images. Artists are encouraged to work from the source material that is personal to them and to engage in a dialogue with contemporary exhibiting artists whose work is relevant to their own.

It is anticipated that each artist will develop a deeper understanding of their own inclinations and their role in creating their artwork with the ultimate goal of developing a coherent body of work.

The class is open to all levels.


FIRST DAY: please only bring

  • Box of charcoals, willow vine charcoals, "soft" produces the darkest intensity of black
  • White drawing paper, pad of them, 18 x 24 inches
  • 2 boards of Foam core (at least 2 inches wider than 18 x 24 on all 4 sides, serves as a backboard)
  • Roll of regular masking tape

Materials for class:

  • Canvas (Pad) for Painting, 18x24 in.
    *canvas which is pre-primed and have a texture to them, already pre-cut in a pad of 10-20 sheets
  • Drawing paper, 18x24 in, white
  • Acrylic paints
    *at least the primary colors, including brown, black, and white 8oz. tubes of Utrcecht are fine. You may use higher grade brands depending on your budget
    *encourage you to bring an array of colors
  • White foam core, 2 boards, at least 22 x 30 in., 1/4 inch thickness.
    *2 pieces or more, (4 pieces are ideal)
    *we will be taping the Canvas onto these boards for a back and support
  • Charcoals
    *box of willow vine charcoals, "soft" produces the darkest intensity of black
  • Gummy eraser
  • Black ink, any brand
  • Roll of regular masking tape
  • White synthetic brushes
    *varying widths, small to large, at least one brush or more 2 inches wide
  • palette, large (not wood, its difficult to scrape off acrylic paint from wood)
    *you may use a roll of wax paper
  • Large plastic containers for dipping/cleaning brushes in water
  • X-Acto blade
  • Ruler
  • Elmer's glue and or glue stick
  • Wide plastic spatula, 3" or wider, the kind to spackle walls, plastic not metal, can be bought at Home Depot, True Value, $1 to $2
  • Spray bottle


Acrylic Paints (Golden, Liquitex - higher quality, Utrecht)

Depending on your budget, it is your choice as to the brand you choose. Since we are emphasizing experimentation, a less expensive brand like Utrecht is fine. If you choose a higher grade acrylic, I recommend Golden Brand.

Golden Fluid Acrylics are highly intense, permanent acrylic colors with a consistency similar to heavy cream. Produced from lightfast pigments, not dyes, they offer very strong colors with very thin consistencies, and contain no fillers or extenders. Golden Fluid Acrylics are ideal for spraying, brushing, and staining.

Viscosity refers to the consistency or thickness of the paint. Heavy body acrylics have a thick, buttery consistency which retains brush strokes and facilitates color mixing and blending. Fluid acrylics are thinner (but contain the same pigment concentration) and are suited to detail work, staining watercolor techniques, and dry-brush work.

School Notes:

Please note, New York School of the Arts charges a $50 one-time registration fee for students who are new to their school. This is automatically added to the cost of your enrollment (and already included in the price listed on this course). If you are a returning student to NYSA, please let us know and we will refund you $50.

Refund Policy

Class Cancellation:

Classes and workshops are subject to cancellation if the minimum number of students required for a session is not met. Notification will be sent to registered students five days before the class is scheduled to begin.


To receive a refund, you must notify us in writing at [email protected]. There is a $20 administrative fee for each refund.

  • In order to receive a full refund, students must withdraw from a class or workshop fourteen (14) business days prior to the first day of classes.
  • Students withdrawing from a class and workshop during the week before the beginning of the quarter will receive a 70% refund as school credit if within fourteen (14) business days of the start of the class.
  • No refunds will be made after the second class without medical documentation and no refunds will be made after a workshop begins.
  • Ceasing to attend class without notifying the school does not constitute withdrawal from class.
  • Refunds are issued in the same form as payment. Refunds are issued within thirty days from request in the form of the same payment. Registration and service fees are non-refundable.


All transfers must occur before the second meeting of class. Transfers from one course into another may incur additional fees, depending on the transfer. Transferring from one workshop to another is not permitted. There is a $20 administrative fee for each transfer.

Holidays & Canceled Lessons:

We are closed for Thanksgiving, winter, and spring break. If we must close due to the weather, we will send out an email. If classes are canceled, the instructor will work with the school office to schedule a make-up date. We do not refund/prorate for weather closure, and our make-up policy still applies.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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