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Monday, 13 May '24   7 weeks
Browne School of Art, 194 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, 1021
Only 3 spaces left


Course Code: TA224
Tutor: Georgie Hill
When: Mon 1.00pm - 4.00pm
Dates: 13 May - 1 Jul 2024*
Duration: 7 weeks
Maximum Enrolment: 10

  • no class 3 June Kings Birthday

Cost: $385

In this course we will employ a range of mediums in the development of a personal abstract visual language of line, colour, shape and form. Abstract works exist along a continuum, with a degree of independence from visual references in the world which can be slight, partial or complete. Together we will explore ways to engage with this realm of art-making with an experimental and playful approach.

Each week we will begin the class by looking at the work of an artist working with abstraction and discuss art historical references to highlight concepts and techniques. We will then experiment with similar drawing and painting techniques and approaches in different mediums, ranging from graphite and ink, to watercolour and acrylic, using predominantly paper and canvas as our painting supports. Time will be allocated across the course to develop a series of paintings focused on your own visual language and specific areas of interest.

The course is suitable for both beginners and those who wish to work further with abstraction within their practice.


  • There's no need to bring all the materials on the list to the first session. Please bring the first 5 items listed, and we will go through the materials list in more depth during the first class.

A basic kit of materials to get you up and going is listed here. Specialist art shops are the best option and will provide student discounts if you mention that you are attending the school.

The stores we recommend are:
· Studio Art Supplies: Crummer Road, Grey Lynn.
· The French Art Shop: Taylors Road, Morningside (beside Briscoes)
· Gordon Harris: Gillies Avenue, Newmarket and Symonds Street, Auckland Central
· Takapuna Art Supplies: Helensville or online

Materials to bring:

• Fabriano 1264 Watercolour pad 300 gsm A4 (available at Gordon Harris and Studio Art Supplies)
• Art Graf Watercolour graphite stick (available at Gordon Harris and Studio Art Supplies)
• Soft eraser
• Black Indian or acrylic ink and a dip or bamboo pen, or a fine tip brush
• Painter’s tape: delicate low tack (purple coloured tape recommended)
• Pen, pencils and notebook
• Fabriano 1264 Mix Media pad 300 gsm A3
• A range of brushes. Recommended for watercolour: Da Vinci Cosmotop Spin or Casaneo watercolour brushes- a round and a flat or mop brush for washes. For acrylic: flat hog hair brushes and a soft synthetic round
• Watercolour paint in a range of colours, recommended to buy tubes (the primary colours are a good start) or a small set /pans
• Acrylic paint in a selection of colours e.g.
warm red (cadmium scarlet), warm yellow (cadmium yellow), warm blue (ultramarine),

cool red (crimson), cool yellow (lemon yellow), cool blue (pthalo or cerulean)
yellow ochre, raw umber,
titanium white
• Painting medium: gel, gloss or matt mediums for acrylics
• A rag
• Palette knife
• An A4 and an A3 scale canvas or canvas board

This list is a general guide only. The majority (not necessarily all) of these materials may be used as students progress.



Standard Booking

Available until Thu 16 May 12pm
Online payment includes payment fee of 2.9% + NZ$0.30. Offline payment details on confirmation page.

Standard Booking + $10.00 BSA Student Fund - Donation

Available until Mon 13 May 12am
A $10 donation will go to our BSA Student Fund - helping those who are unwaged or under financial hardship (with a Community Services Card) to attend our courses.


Browne School of Art
194 Great North Road
Grey Lynn