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Venture into Abstract Painting


Venturing into Abstract Painting is about taking a daring adventure.  This course will explore abstract painting styles and techniques in which the only requirement is a willingness to play and experiment.

Venture into Abstract Painting

Date Tuesdays, 21 May – 2 July (7 weeks)
Time (f2f Hours)

6 – 9PM (3 hours x 7 = 21 hours)


CAW Studio M16

Tutor Cassandra Dove
Non Members
Fee: CAW member & ASOC member coupon $402.00
Maximum Pax 12


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This course is suited to a beginner painter as well as a more experienced artist who wants to give abstract painting a go but doesn’t know where to begin. In a fun and relaxing environment prepare to stretch your comfort zone to explore and experiment with new techniques and approaches to help you find your unique style of abstract painting.
Exercises will explore mark-making, texture, contrast, tone and colour, movement and form. We will look at how to get started (inspiration), build up layers, and test out compositions. The skills you will learn in this course can be applied to painting any subject matter.
In the final 1-2 weeks, you will work on your own abstract painting, referring to a checklist of sorts to guide the painting to completion.
Classes will consist of some demonstrations, one on one support and most importantly you will create lots of reference materials that will support you to continue on your abstract painting adventure.

About the tutor

Cassandra Dove is a Canberra artist who is interested in exploring the full spectrum of abstract painting from creating minimalistic works to abstracted natural and urban landscapes. Her creative process is fuelled by a sense of curiosity and adventure as she allows different painting techniques and subject matter inspire her work. Rich use of colour, texture and gestural brushstrokes feature strongly in her work and are some of her favourite parts of the painting process. She has recently exhibited work at M16 Artspace, Humble House Gallery and Tyger Gallery, and in 2023 was a recipient of a CAPO Emerging Artist Award.  In 2022 she received the Canberra Art Workshop’s MHT grant.
Cassandra is excited to help other artists experience the joy of experimenting with abstract painting styles and building confidence in using new techniques.

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Skill level

Beginner / Intermediate



Painting, drawing and mixed media materials

Materials list

Week 1 – 5
 4b or 6b pencil
 1 thick black posca pen or sharpie
 1 thin posca pen or ballpoint pen
 Crayon or conte (wax or water soluble preferably, not oil pastel) any colour
 Ink (any colour you already have/prefer)
 Palette knife (various sizes is ideal)
 Silicone wedge/tools (1 or 2 cheap brand ones a fine)
 Painter’s tape (eg, blue/green tape sold at bunnings, or a masking tape that is not too strong)
 A3 Water-colour paper pad OR an A3 Oil Painting Pad (Officeworks or homebase – Montmartre brand is fine).
 A2 Artist Journal (optional, if you don’t already have one) student quality fine as mainly sticking in and taking notes.
 Variety of paintbrushes (soft, old and scratchy, slim, wide).
 Paper towel
 Palette, water tub (yoghurt tubs work well)
 Acrylic paint (white, black, raw amber, and couple of your favourite pre-made colours)

Week 2
 Molding paste or texture paste (brands like monmartre and chromacryl are fine).
 Gesso
 Scissors
 Small tub Gel medium
 A couple of rags
 Additional acrylic paint – red, yellow, blue (If you are buying new choosing a ‘medium’ is safe) otherwise bring what you have already.
 Acrylic liquid/fluid medium (increases viscosity of paint)

Week 6-7
 Stretched canvas or board (gesso prior to bringing to class) * we will discuss sizes in week prior
 A larger selection of colours

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