This course is aimed at the beginner and the intermediate painter. We will examine a number of different approaches to pure abstraction and abstraction of a subject. The exercises will be referenced to art history and to the elements of design to increase the theoretical understanding of the work. Whilst acrylic paints will be the major medium, participants are encouraged to use a range of media – whatever media you are most comfortable with. The first part of the course will be focussed on a number of smaller works and the last few lessons will be dedicated to the execution of a more major work(s).