An introduction to abstract painting in our Fitzroy studio.

Abstract Painting Workshop

A one-day introduction to exploring abstraction

Next Available: Sat, 12 Oct 10:00AM (AEDT)
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6 hours
Over 50 people have attended this class


Abstraction with Eleanor Louise Butt

A fascinating introduction to the history of abstraction within painting, and an overview of various inspiring techniques to try! 

In this one-day workshop you will learn where to begin, and explore a wide range of media and approaches.

The workshop will cover:

  • research and development of concepts
  • exploration of materials
  • mark making and composition
  • expressionism
  • colour palettes
  • developing a series

We will be working with water-based media, techniques learnt in this workshop can easily be applied to oils at home. Students will leave with multiple studies, a finished work, or several finished works depending on their personal method and style of working.

About your tutor:

Eleanor Louise Butt is a Melbourne-based contemporary artist whose practice is grounded in studio experimentation. Taking painting as her primary medium, she employs colour, texture, line, and form as strategies through which surfaces are charged with gestural energy. Expanding these techniques into bronze sculpture and drawing, Eleanor’s work adopts the potentialities of paint to create visual dialogues across a range of media, where action, experience, perception, and memory are interwoven and folded back into one another.

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What you will learn

  • Introduction to abstraction: Sourcing abstract subject matter
  • Understanding of mark making and composition
  • Methods and materials

What you will get

  • Practical demonstrations and one-one one time with your tutor
  • All materials, morning and afternoon tea
  • Confidence to continue exploring abstraction at home!
Parking Info

Parking is ticketed in Brunswick St but there are some 2-4 hour spots in the surrounding streets. The No 11 tram comes down Brunswick St, get off at stop 15. All-day parking on Brunswick St is a flat fee of $12 on Sundays only.

What to bring

  • Please bring an apron or purchase on of ours on arrival

What to wear


Appropriate for

Students wanting to explore abstraction but where sure where to start!

Fitzroy Painting

(1232 Reviews)

About us: Established in 2009 and based in a Victorian heritage building overlooking bustling Brunswick Street, Fitzroy Painting is the original and best of private art classes in Fitzroy!  A working artists studio, the space provides a great environment to develop your painting and drawing skills with the expert support and guidance of highly qualified teachers and full-time professional artists.

Our 4 - week beginners courses in oil painting, drawing and watercolours are designed for the complete beginner, taking you through a series of exercises and building your skills week by week. Students may choose to continue to our Beginners Courses Level 2 and 3 in both painting and drawing..  Ongoing students are supported to help develop their own direction, with optional exercises offered to expand on skills and knowledge, and our Atelier students are assisted in taking it to the next level in professional practice.

Love the class? All students wishing to extend their course may purchase class-passes for ongoing students at a discounted rate. Some of our students have gone on to Higher Education courses and are now exhibiting professionally!

Evening classes include wine and refreshments, and morning classes include tea, coffee and cakes. Classes run for 3 hours and basic equipment is available for student use at the studio, including easels, palettes and drawing boards. We believe in safe studio-practice and provide low-toxic, low-odour materials for student use, as well as high-quality clean-up materials for brushes and hands. We also have storage facilities if you wish to keep your materials at the studio.

Each student works at their own pace and receives one-on-one attention, and all students are invited to exhibit in our annual end of year exhibition, a fun opportunity to show family and friends what you’ve been doing!

Visit our website for more info and pictures of student work.

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4.8 (22 reviews)
Meganrated it
19 Mar 2024
I have been looking for a abstraction workshop for a while that was run by a practicing artist. I couldn’t have asked for a better one than this! Louise is an amazing artist and a knowledgeable teacher. She creates a warm studio environment that engages creatives at all levels.
Vinetterated it
18 Mar 2024
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victoriarated it
16 Mar 2024
Eleanor was a wonderful teacher...balancing just the right amount of technique and theory with time to work. Overall a delightful day of exploratory painting.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. An admin fee of AU$50.00 applies.
  • A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$20.00 applies.
  • A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. An admin fee of AU$20.00 applies.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

Terms & Conditions

Fitzroy Painting is under no obligation to offer any ‘make-up’ classes, courses or workshops missed. 

Absences without notification will forfeit the full class/course fee and receive no credit. By proceeding with your booking you agree to these terms & conditions.

Should Fitzroy Painting be forced to cancel a class due to low enrolments, you will be notified as soon as possible prior to the scheduled class and will receive a refund, transfer or a credit voucher for a replacement class, course or workshop.

Collection of work and materials left at the studio: Please understand that our storage capacity is extremely limited.  Beginners work and painting kits will only be retained for one month after which they will be disposed of.  

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