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Composing towards Abstraction with Elisa Crossing (9 & 23 April 2022)


Date 9 & 23 April 2022
Time 10am-4pm Saturday & Sunday (12 hours)
Location M16 Artspace, Studio B
Address 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT
Class size 12 students per class
Price Members $239.20 | Non-members $299

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This painting and drawing workshop held over two sessions is designed to expand your understanding and sensitivity to the interplay of shape, colour, tone, texture and line when constructing abstract compositions. The first session will begin with making abstract compositional studies loosely referencing a non-conventional still life. These designs will be subsequently refined as you begin to imagine and test out ways to enhance the sensation of the surface and build the illusion of space. On the second day the best of your designs will become the basis for a more refined and sustained abstract work. Suitable for all painting media and chalk pastels.

About the tutor

A graduate of the ANU School of Art & Design Painting department, Elisa Crossing has exhibited paintings, drawings and 3D installation works in a career spanning two decades, with seven solo exhibitions and many group shows, locally and nationally. She has been an enthusiastic arts educator for over twenty years, lecturing at the ANU in Foundation Studies since 1998 and Painting since 2002.

Material list

Please bring:

  • Vine charcoal
  • 1 compressed charcoal
  • 1 white and 1 coloured chalk pastel
  • an eraser and graphite pencil for quick sketches.
  • Ten sheets of newsprint paper
  • A minimum of three quality papers appropriate for the media of choice. Example: for acrylics and oil paint use oil sketch paper. For watercolours, gouache please use heavy duty watercolour papers. For chalk pastels please use Canson pastel paper(a tinted coloured paper would be preferable.) Please aim to work A3 or larger.
  • The media of your choice: A range of colours in any paint media or chalk pastels.

Please bring a lean medium for oil paint. For acrylic paint a retarder medium and if you have it, a gloss or matt medium (optional). No medium required for watercolour or gouache. For chalk pastel please bring workable fixative.

  • Brushes, rags, tins, bulldog clips….

Skill level

Suitable for people with some experience with handling the media of choice.


Suitable for all painting media and coloured drawing media especially for chalk pastels.

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