ONLINE CLASS: Abstract Painting Workshop-PART II

DATES: 09/30/2020 - 10/21/2020
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 Painting is discovering the creative process in which nothing is wrong!
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 using new and different techniques and materials, but even students who did not take the first, can start in Part II.

This course is designed for beginners thru 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 .

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, September 30, October 7, 14 & 21

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:

FIRST CLASS – 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.

Variation on Shapes

Exercise 1:  Dripping & Splashes. We are going to prepare a first layer of a monochromatic color base background, then in the next class we are going to do Action painting techniques using smearing and splashes.

Exercise 2:  Dripping Technique. Students are going to learn a dripping technique with the brush and liquid paint applying it in two borders sides of one canvas (Students are going to prepare the surface and let it dry, finishing it in the second class)

Exercise 3: Variations in shape applied previously with markers before to paint, making a pattern with lines. Making a painting based in that, then repeat the process applying markers lines on the painting, then paint over that again to complete.

Example of making shapes with markers

SECOND CLASS – Action Painting

Finish Exercise number 1 Dripping & Splashes

Finish Exercise number 2 Dripping & Technique

Example of the Dripping Technique

THIRD CLASS – Exploring Composition

Exercise 4:  Make a series of simple abstract sketches with some markers and choose one to start a new painting following this composition.

Exercise 5- Composition: Dominant and subordinate, working with balance & rhythm maintaining color temperature contrast.

Choose a close up and make a new painting

FOURTH CLASS – Make a painting Yourself

Exercise 6- Using an old painting already finish and re do it making  an intervention covering more 50 % using the paper stamping rolling technique

Making an intervention on a past finished painting

Exercise 7- Choose a close up of a finished painting and transfer to a canvas and make a new painting with it.

Example of the Smearing 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 (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
  • Sand
  • 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.