Abstraction and Experimental Painting (Acrylics)

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Abstraction and Experimental Painting

In these classes we will explore the ideas of what exactly goes into making not only an abstract painting but the process of thinking behind looking at the visual world and how that combines individually with our own instincts. The course will impart a deep understanding of colour theory, from limited pallet experiments, warm and cool temperature understandings and a unique take on the ancient Japanese concept of "Notan" which will give all paintings the compositional strength, which is especially useful in painting abstract. The unique knowledge and techniques can be transferred into all genres of painting and is suited to anyone who wants to continue a deepening understanding of the world of painting and art appreciation.

Acrylics are a wonderfully versatile medium in which to learn to paint. They are fast drying and allow you to easily create layered works incorporating full bodied impasto textures and wash effects. Also, being water based, Acrylics are an ideal medium for those sensitive to the solvents used with oil painting.

Throughout the year we will run different themes, exploring acrylic painting from foundations, to looking at abstraction, combined media and painting the nude. All the courses are 5 weeks and are suited to beginners. Each new theme helps to build on your art technique and allow you to continue practising throughout the year.

During the course you will be encouraged to develop your own style and have fun experimenting with this versatile medium. So come on a creative journey with Acrylics and enjoy the space of our studio environment.

About The Teacher - Christopher Horder

Christopher Horder has been painting for over 20 years. Graduating with Honours in Painting from the National Art School. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows nationally and internationally. He has over 10years teaching experience. He has been a finalist in the Brett Whitley Travelling Arts Scholarship The Dobell Drawing prize, and winner of the Mosman Emerging Artist Award. He is currently working on a body of work for his next solo show.

Equipment List:

    • Matisse Acrylic paint

    Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine blue. Titanium White, Raw umber 

    • Synthetic brushes  flat bristle  #12  
    • Neef 95: #4  
    • Pack Of Reno Synthetic Brushes   
    • Disposable Palette  
    • Thin edge canvas  10” x 14” 
    • 1 x sheet of oil sketch paper 
    • 1 x metal palette knife  
    • 1 x willow charcoal thick  
    • 10 x A3 shts Cartridge  


  • RRP kit $118, 20% discount price $94.40
  • List current as of May 2017, prices subject to change.
  • Items sold separately attract a 10% student discount off regular prices for the duration of your course.
  • Free Hessian AOK Studios Bag with kit purchase.
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What you will learn
  • Develop your own style and have fun experimenting with this versatile medium.
  • Learn abstract techniques , the benefits of compositional strength and colour theory.
  • Create layered works incorporating mpasto textures and wash effects.
What you will get
  • Tuition under an expert art teacher
  • Small class size to ensure individual attention
  • Free Hessian AOK Studios Bag with kit purchase
  • 10% off all regular priced art materials for the duration of your course.
  • Biscuits, tea and coffee

What to bring
  • See equipment list.
What to wear

Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on!

Appropriate for

Beginners to intermediate


Art On King

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In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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Attendance: Art On King Studios is not responsible for changes in your personal circumstances. We cannot facilitate make up classes. Your tutor is happy to advise you on work missed and offer homework exercises.

Transfers: Should your circumstances change and you give 7 days notice before the commencment of your course we can facilitate a course transfer to the following term. Transfers will be extended to a maximum of 2 terms. If you provide less than 7 days notice we can only provide a transfer should your course retain a minimum of 6 students to run. Administration fee of $20 applies to transfers with less than 7 days notice. In the case of prolonged illness or unforeseen circumstances we will do our best to accommodate a transfer to the next term but cannot guarantee a place.

Refund Policy: We do not give cash refunds. You must give 7 days notice in the event that you cannot attend a course you have enrolled in. An administration fee of $20 will be charged and you will receive the balance of course fees as a credit , which can be used in the store or towards another course. Any Art Kits or materials purchased for your course can be returned for credit if in a saleable, unused condition. 

Cancellations: All classes need a minimum of 6 students to proceed. Should your course fail to meet minimum, we may either postpone the start date for 1 or 2 weeks or cancel the course. You will be informed at least 24 prior to start date. Your course fees will be refunded in full, or you may choose to transfer to another course. Should the new start date not suit your schedule you will also qualify for a full refund.

Discounts: Enrolled students receive 10% discount off all regular priced art materials from Art On King, for the duration of the course only. Art kits are discounted by 20%.

Fees: Are payable in advance and are for tuition only. You are not guaranteed a place in a course until all fees are paid in full. GST is included in course price.

Promotions: We run various promotions throughout the year. These discounts are valid only if your course runs and are not transferrable to another term. Any  Gift vouchers offered are handed out on the first night of your class, and are not valid should your course be cancelled.

Gift Vouchers: Purchased course gift vouchers are valid for any courses we run and are transferrable to another person or for store credit if you choose not to take a course. Sorry no cash refunds are issued.

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13 July 2017 • Abstraction and Experimental Painting (Acrylics)

It was a fun class with lots of inspiration from a very animated and skilful instructor. Thanks Chris


11 July 2016 • Abstraction and Experimental Painting (Acrylics)

I learnt to trust my own instinct. Chris was a great teacher who made the classes very enjoyable with all his stories!


07 July 2016 • Abstraction and Experimental Painting (Acrylics)

We really enjoyed these classes. They were just what we were looking for - fun, challenging, and pushed us out of our comfort zones. Would definitely do it all again.

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