ONLINE CLASS: Abstract Painting with Letters and Numbers Workshop, 2 parts

DATES: 12/16/2020 - 12/21/2020
PRICE: $80.00

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.


Play in your abstract painting with letters and numbers.
Follow your heart and take every exercise as a game to gain experience and discover yourself.

Abstract painting is a way to express and discover your inner self….This workshop is a continuation of the Abstract Painting workshop, Part I, II & III, but even students who did not take those, can take Abstract Painting with Letters and Numbers workshop.

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 composed by playing with letters or numbers as main or secondary elements of their compositions.

Students will learn a series of exercises and technical skills adding letters or numbers with spontaneity and expressiveness capturing composition, form, light, volume, and movement on the canvas.  Students will make a minimum of 3 painting exercises to guide them to learn abstract painting methods combining with letters and numbers through 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, 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 Letters and Numbers following your intuitiveness and sense of adventure.

Class Dates (2 parts): Wednesday December 16 and Monday December 21

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:  $80 for 2 sessions

See suggested materials list below.

2-Session Outline:

FIRST CLASS – Presentation. Introduction. 

Define Abstract Painting with Letters and Numbers Painting. Goals of the workshop. What students are going to learn.

Brief slide show of the most important abstract artists samples in the art history who used letters and numbers in his artwork.

Exercise 1:  Students will collage different kind of letters and words taken from magazines or pictures on one canvas and leaved it dry.

Julian Schnabel

Exercise 2: Students will make an abstract painting playing with their first and second name following a visual reference sample without copying it to understand how to manipulate the letters according with their expression, playing and combining them with some abstract elements in the composition, like strokes, texture, form, volume, movement and colors.

Oscar Murillo

SECOND CLASS – Action Painting

Finish Exercise number 1 Dripping & Splashes

Finish Exercise number 2 Dripping & Technique

Jasper Johns

Art Materials List

  • Acrylic paints 8 oz. Any brand: Liquitex Basic, Artist Loft, Blick, Galleria, etc.
  • Ultramarine blue, emerald green, titanium white, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow light, black, cadmium orange, crimson red, dioxizine violet, phtalo blue.
  • 1 Gel Medium 16oz.
  • 3 palette knives (metal or plastic) medium, small and large
  • Oil Pastels or Crayons and color markers
  • TWO sets 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
  • 7  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.
You already have some of these materials,  just complete it with the rest.
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.