ONLINE CLASS: Abstract Painting Workshop-LEVEL III

DATES: 11/04/2020 - 11/30/2020
PRICE: $160.00

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 Painting allows yourself to be led by feeling and intuition, then study become a great adventure.
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 workshop is a continuation of part I and II, but even students who did not take these courses, can start in part III.

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. 

Students will make a minimum of 6 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.

In this class, 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 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 (see examples below) are experimental enough to push 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, November 4, 11, 18 and MONDAY, November 30 (last class is rescheduled for Monday Nov 30 because of Thanksgiving weekend)

Time:  6-8 pm Eastern Time (That is 5pm Central time, 4pm Mountain time and 3pm Pacific time)

Class Length:  2 hours per session, including critique.

Price:  $160 for 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 1 

Exercise 1- Apply with a brush a previous layer of  tissue paper with gesso on a canvas. LET IT DRY FOR NEXT CLASS.


Exercise 2-  Apply a previous layer of  aluminum foil paper with gel medium on a canvas . LET IT DRY FOR NEXT CLASS.


Exercise 3- Choose a close up of a finished painting and transfer to a canvas and completing it making a new painting with it.

Exercise 3, close-up

Class 2

Finish Exercise 1 using palette knives creating texture until painting is completed. See samples 

Finish Exercise 2 completing the painting. Add some colors first with brushes, completing  the painting using palettes knives. See samples 

Class 3

Exercise 4 Start the painting using masking tape in some areas previously, then paint over. Leave it to dry, take the masking tape off and continue the painting until completed.

Exercise 5 & 6. Prepare 2 canvases for next class. One blending warm colors applying with brushes on a canvas and a second one blending could colors with the same technique. LET IT DRY FOR NEXT CLASS

Exercise 5

Exercise 6

Class 4

Exercise 7 Make a previous layer of one or more colors base and let it dry.

Finish Exercises 5 & 6 adding some opposite temperature colors directly from the tube paints in each of them, disseminate the chunks of color playing with the palette knives creating active and passive composition 

Finish Exercise 7 Using a bubble wrap printing technique to create a pattern on the top the previous layer and complete the painting  

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, dioxepine violet, phthalo blue
  • 1 Gel Medium 16oz.
  • 1 Gesso 16 oz
  • 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 (18 x 24″ or larger) per class (8 total)
  • 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:

  • Sponge
  • Tissue paper
  • Foil paper
  • Bubble rap
  • Stencils (optional)
  • Plastic forks and cutlery

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.