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Painting Explorations: Abstract Art ONLINE

This online course draws inspiration from abstract art in the AGO Collection. Practice the methods used in abstract painting, focusing on shape, form, color and line, to learn and develop your new painting style. 

Students to supply their own materials. Alternative and/or additional materials may be discussed on class 1 with instructor. To get the most from this course, we suggest you take Introduction to Painting first.



- Acrylic paint (a basic set approximately 120 ml tubes), acrylic medium, paint brushes, something to paint on, a palette, cloth rag, water 


- Acrylic paint optional colours, if you desire: magenta, cyan, yellow, alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, ultra-marine blue, cobalt blue, thalo blue, thalo green, hooker's green, orange, violet, dioxazine purple, black, white, burnt and raw umbers and siennas, unbleached titanium.

- Gesso. For example: https://store.abovegroundartsupplies.com/products/liquitex-artist-acrylic-gesso-4oz-19585.html

- Matte medium (not gel). For example: https://store.abovegroundartsupplies.com/products/liquitex-matte-medium-4oz-49877.html

- Brushes, an assortment of 3 bristle brushes: No. 4 – 12 Filbert (shape) natural fibre (hog hair) and a 2" painter's brush (natural fibre/chip brush)

- A pad of bond paper https://store.abovegroundartsupplies.com/products/bond-pad-40-sheets---18x24-18469.html

- A pencil or coloured pencils

- 4 or more stretched canvas or canvas panels (12” x 16" – 16” x 20”)

- Foam or plastic plates for palettes

- Masking tape, painter's or regular

- A fitting place to work, table or easel as you like and a smock or apron of sorts, maybe something to catch spills or splashes

These are the recommended materials for the first day of this course. Your instructor may recommend additional optional materials on additional days. 

Terms and Conditions of Participation in Online Courses.

Participants must be 18 or older. Spots are limited.

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Please read the following policies when you prepare your registration to AGO Education courses and camps.

  • Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and is limited to space restrictions.
  • Advance registration is recommended for all programs.
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Withdrawals and Refunds


  • Refunds are available in full 5 days before the start of the first class, minus a $15 administration fee.
  • For all courses a withdrawal is allowed before the start of the second class, minus a $50 administration fee.
  • Withdrawals after the start of the second class are non-refundable.
  • One day workshops are non-refundable. 
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  • In the event of course cancellation, registrants will be notified 3 days prior to the scheduled commencement of the course and a full refund will be given.


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