Inside Out Abstraction

Oils, acrylic, charcoal, inks

Places are limited to 12 students for all workshops.

M16 Artspace

Studio B

21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT 2604

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21 & 22 March 2020


Tutor: Jan Cristaudo


Create an abstract painting from a preliminary en-plein-air sketch.




Day 1:  En Plein Air
En plein air is the method used to describe sketching and/or painting outside.
AM: The day will begin with a plein-air demonstration (weather permitting). This will show you how I commence my own abstract artworks from the visual concept. From this you will have the basis to commence your own artwork en-plein-air.
PM: The afternoon will involve returning inside to the studio for the next stage of the workshop. Here I will demonstrate how to take your plein-air sketch and translate that on to a canvas to form the basis of an abstract painting.
After the demonstration you will have the opportunity to create your own artwork from the morning’s session.

Day 2: In the Studio
The day will be spent in the studio for you to work on the painting/paintings that you started the previous day.
I will provide each of you one-on-one assistance when you require it. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions and experiment with what you have learnt.
Towards the end of the day we will have a ‘critique’ session which is a constructive way to give and receive feedback.

About the tutor

Colour has always fascinated me. It is the first thing I see and then comes shape and form. As an abstract artist I use colour to interpret the way I see the world.”

Jan Cristaudo lives on the Pittwater Peninsular among Sydney’s northern beaches. This idyllic location provides endless inspiration for her paintings that rely on the use of colour as a means of expression. Jan has always been fascinated by colour and has developed a distinctive abstract style using oils on canvas to interpret subjects that inspire her.

Cancellation / Refund Policy

If you find you are no longer able to attend:
Please advise ASAP so we can notify the next in line.
Please include your name and the name of the workshop/event.
Refunds will be given at CAW’s discretion, if:
The participant withdraws from the event or workshop at least 14 days prior to commencement.
The place can be filled by someone on the waiting list.
The workshop is cancelled by CAW.

Materials list

  • paints – acrylic or oil (odourless solvents only if using oils, please)
  • rags
  • water containers
  • palette
  • brushes – a mix of large small and medium
  • 1-2 canvases (any size to suit you) of good quality, alaready primed with gesso; primed board can be also used
  • sketch pad
  • couple of large sheets of paper for en-plain-air (not expensive paper)
  • pencils, charcoal of your choice
  • anything else that you enjoy working with or would like to try
  • an image or photo that you connect with so it can also be used to abstract from. 

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