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Abstract Painting - Beginners

Course Description

Suitable for beginners, this course combines conceptual and theoretical approaches to abstract art in conjunction with practical making. It will cover approaches to abstract art through exploring materials, methods and techniques for creating imagery. We will delve into both traditional and more contemporary understandings of abstraction through open discussion and making. Optional termly projects will be provided and you will be supported through development of your own ideas.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

This course is suitable for absolute beginner painters, or those looking to build confidence in their painting ability. Learners should have an interest in exploring both the theory behind and techniques involved in abstract painting.?

Course Content

Each lesson will focus on a particular abstract artist’s (or art movement’s) technique, and you will be encouraged to make your own. Focus areas will include line and form, colour, texture, surface, series. By the end of the course, learners will have a toolkit of techniques and conceptual prompts from which to create work. This includes practical knowledge (canvas stretching, colour theory, use of different paint mediums) and theory (uses of abstraction, contemporary abstraction, critical analysis, research-based making). The course encourages the creation of paintings, though a final outcome is not necessary as the course emphasises experimentation and play. As you engage with the course and experiment with different techniques, you can select the processes that most suit you and develop your own project. You will be supported in developing your own ways of making and exploring abstraction. You can also bring a personal project that you would like support in developing. The tutor can provide guidance around developing a professional and artistic practice.

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will be able to develop your skills by engaging with suitable projects determined by your existing level of experience in discussion with the tutor. Teaching is both as a whole class and an individual, one-to-one basis, using demonstrations, discussion, examples, samples, handouts and other technical support material where appropriate. You will be able to negotiate individual learning goals together with the tutor. During the first session, the tutor will check your experience to date and personal goals for the course, and if it is considered that it is not the right one, you will be advised on a more suitable course. You will be working at your own pace and be given verbal feedback on your progress.??


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor, and in written form at the end of the course. The college has an exciting programme of events, exhibitions and competitions throughout the year. Your tutor will make you aware of these and your participation is welcomed and encouraged.?

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work, you could consider applying to the accreditted courses including L1, L2 Fashion or Illustration, or L3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design as a pathway into higher education. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet learners’ needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an interview with the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572