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Jennifer Rowsom

Painting Explorations: Abstract

Age 14-18

This 5 week course will introduce students to various abstract painting techniques as well as a variety of painting styles, and subject matter. Students will develop an awareness of colour, shape, texture and form to create compositions with depth, using the mediums of acrylic paint.  Learn fundamental painting techniques and get inspired by the abstract artwork in the AGO Collection including a visit to the special exhibition Denyse Thomasos: just beyond.  

This class is for beginners and returning students. The instructor will teach to each 

students' individual skill level. All materials are included. Meet in the Dr. Anne Tanenbaum Gallery School

Terms and Conditions of Participation 

Please review the Terms and Conditions prior to the start of class.


Week 1: Freestyle. Following a gallery visit to look at some paintings, students will focus on play and experimentation. We will push paint around without a specific goal beyond getting used to the medium of acrylic paint and seeing what it can do.

Week 2: Everything but the kitchen sink. Students will be asked to render an abstracted version of a physical object using acrylic paint. Anything may be used to create this painting except for a traditional brush. 

Week 3: Go Big or Go Home. Following a visit to the Denyse Thomasos, students will return to the gallery school to create a collaborative large-scale painting that represents our surroundings. 

Week 4: Making Hard Edge Look Easy. Students will be introduced to the history and techniques of hard edge abstraction. Using brickwork, stained glass and other architectural elements as inspiration, students will create their own unique hardedge works.

Week 5: Choose Your Own Adventure. Students will come up with their own individual projects and create an abstract painting based upon the tips, techniques and skilled learned in class. The goal of this exercise is to have a finished piece by the end of class. Students will be prepped the week prior to make the most of this final class.


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Saturdays, - | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (5 weeks)

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