ONLINE CLASS: Abstract Painting, 4 week Intensive

DATES: 08/26/2020 - 09/16/2020
PRICE: $50.00

Pablo Contrisciani is an award winning Argentinean artist and art instructor residing in Miami since 1998. His artwork is held in public and corporate collections in the USA, Latin America and Europe. He has exhibited internationally in many prestigious art institutions and galleries. His work has been reviewed in several important publications, newspapers and art magazines.

Pablo earned his Masters in painting at the National University of Fine Arts of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1990. He was designated Professor’s Assistant of Painting in the Department of Fine Arts, UNLP, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1989, accepting this position for four years.

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He taught as Professor of Painting in the Escuela Municipal de Arte of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina between 1991- 93.

Since arriving in the United States, Pablo has been working as an instructor teaching painting courses and workshops in several institutes in Miami. He has been teaching from 1999 to the present at the Oolite Arts (ex Art Center South Florida) five classes weekly in all levels, for beginners, intermediate and advance students. He teaches on average 300 students per year in acrylic and oil as well as mixed media. Pablo is an experienced teacher in both abstract and representational painting. His classes include: Painting Basics Acrylics & Oils, Figurative Painting, Plein Air Landscape Painting, Experimental Abstract Painting, Painting as the Impressionist, and Color Theory workshop.


Abstract Art is not simply messing about with paint …
This package of 4 sessions is designed as an intensive exploration of Abstract Painting
Abstract painting is a way to express and discover your inner self. This course is designed for beginners and advanced students who want to explore painting with acrylic and/or oil paint to create abstract works of art. Students will learn a series of exercises and technical skills to develop spontaneity and expressiveness to capture composition, form, light, volume, and movement on the canvas.
In this workshop, you will work with the right side of your brain, very intuitively, and each activity will be different for every person. It will also be very interactive. In the critiques, by seeing how the other students are resolving their paintings, will help all students learn.

Students will make a minimum of six painting exercises to guide them to learn abstract painting methods, techniques, and image structures to discover direct ways of exploring several art materials and their applications.

The exercises are experimental enough to push each student’s spontaneity and creativity, yet focused to provide clear technical information. Abstract is not simply messing about with paint but rather an optimal way to express gestures, emotions, fleeting moments, and subtleties for visual interpretation.

So please join me to explore Abstract painting with your intuitiveness and sense of adventure.

Class Date: Wednesday evenings, August 26, September 2, 9 and 16

Time:  6 pm EDT (That is 5pm Central time, 4pm Mountain time and 3pm Pacific time)

Class Length:  2 hours per session plus 1/2 hour critique.

Price:  $50 per class or $160 for all 4 sessions.

See suggested materials list below.

P.S. If you’re not experienced with Zoom, no worries. It is easy to use. You will be sent a link prior to the classes and then just click the link to enter. A representative from Il Chiostro will be moderating the group call and will be there for help if you need it.

4-Session Outline:


Class exercise, Plastic Bag Technique

Presentation. Introduction. Define Abstract Painting. Goals of the workshop. What students are going to learn.Brief slide show of the most important abstract artist showing the history of Abstract painting.

Exercise 1:  Expressive shapes with palette knives: starting the painting with three different shapes of the same color with variations in time and hue, then do the same with other color and a third one and fourth one and after completing the painting

Exercise 2:  Texture collage working with color tissue paper, cardboard, towel paper, etc. Then make a painting on it playing with the different surfaces. (Students are going to prepare the surface and let it dry, finishing it in the second class)


Class Exercis, Bold Strokes of Complementary Colors

Finish Exercise number 2 Collage

Exercise 3:  Free Shapes using brushes with crayon previous drawing and second layer applying stamping technique (Exc 13) after layer a background color & applied wrapping paper


Exercise 4:  Make a color background layer and cover it with a plastic bag for few minutes, take it out and lets it dry, then Make a composition playing with all of those patterns that the bag made in the canvas.

(Students are going to prepare the surface and let it dry, finishing it in the Fourth class)

Exercise 5:  Make a base of heavy Gel Medium and leave it to dry, after applied one color base and let’s it dry again, then work with pallets knives. (Students are going to prepare the surface and let it dry, finishing it in the Fourth class)



Class exercise, Smearing Technique

Exercise 6: Composition blending a pair of complementary colors or monochromatic. Working with big brushes making bold strokes, different shapes, bleeding in the canvas.


Exercise 7- Dripping & Splashes): Make a first layer an application of one-color based background (Students are going to prepare the surface and let it dry, finishing it in the second hour of this class) then Action painting, Dripping, splashes.

Finish Exercise number 4: (Plastic Bag patterns)

Finish Exercise number 5: (Gel Medium base)





Class exercise, Gel Medium Technique

Art Materials List

  • Acrylic paints 8 oz. Any brand: Liquitex Basic, Artist Loft, Blick, etc
  • Ultramarine blue, emerald green, titanium white, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow light, black, orange cadmium, crimson red, dioxizine violet, pthalo blue
  • 1 Gel Medium 16oz.
  • 3 palette knives (metal or plastic) medium, small and large
  • Oil Pastels or Crayons and color markers
  • One set of four sizes of square Bristle brushes: 1/8” flat bristle brush, 1/2” flat bristle brush, 3/4” flat bristle brush, 1” flat bristle brush.
  • 16” x 19” acrylic disposable paper palette
  • 2HB pencils, one eraser, one sharpener
  • 2 Stretched canvases or Canvas boards (18 x 24″ or larger) per class
  • 2 8oz Empty cans for water
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Masking Tape- ½” or push pins

You can purchase materials from the following online retailers Amazon, BLICK & Michaels.

Any of the elements listed below to create texture:

  • Regular Glue
  • Sponge
  • Sand
  • 3 plastic bags regular small size
  • Foil paper
  • Plastic forks and cutlery
  • Tissue or/and Wrap paper
  • Pieces of cardboard for collage

This class is online.  You can enjoy it from your own home using your laptop, iPad or smartphone.

Once you register, we’ll send you a Zoom link to join the class on the specific day, at the appointed hour.

You don’t need a Zoom account.  Just click the link and you will be admitted.

We will send you the zoom invitation once you register for the class.

Please log in a few minutes early to greet the others and to get situated.