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Friday, 19 January '24   3 days
Browne School of Art, 194 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland, 1021
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Course Code: SSAP24
Tutor: Evan Woodruffe
When: Fri - Sun 9.30am - 3.30pm
Dates: 19 - 21 Jan 2024
Duration: 3 days
Maximum Enrolment: 14

Cost: $360

This 3-day class will explore how to and why we should make an image that does not directly reference the world of visible objects.
Without an object to directly reference, one faces the blank canvas with no easily accessible idea of what to paint. Even once started, it can be easy to abandon, with no clear direction towards a resolution. This class will help you negotiate the uncertain territory of abstract painting.
Finding something one cannot see requires plenty of tenacity, along with intuition, knowledge, tools, and luck. We will consider methods and concepts that can help us find paths to exciting possibilities. With colour theory, mark-making, arbitrary criteria, mind wandering and much more, we will search for the new! Our guides will be the 125 years of abstract painting, from the alien voices guiding Hilma af Klint’s compositions to Albert Oehlen’s premonition of knowledge.
The class will be conducted with humour, insight, and individual attention to developing your own way of making an image. It is suitable for any level – a desire to apply oneself is all that’s required.
Please bring pen & notebook, paints (preferably acrylic or watercolour) and/or coloured drawing materials, brushes, painting surfaces (paper, board, or canvas), plus three small random objects.

NB: Please remember to bring materials from the course "materials list" online.


Students please bring:
• notepad and pen
• 3 small random objects (anything – a tennis ball, jewellery, sandwich, stick)
• a pencil, graphite stick, or crayon
• glue stick
• palette: disposable palette pads are ideal
• paper towels
• a sense of adventure
• brushes: if you have none or in doubt, the Pebeo 4 brush set PE950950 is cheap and versatile
• paints: artist quality watercolour or acrylic are best for this class, or "Akademie" acrylic
your favourite colours. If in doubt, bring: Ultramarine, Carmine (or similar), Lemon or Cadmium Yellow, Phthalo Green, Titanium White.
• paper: 1x pack A5 or A6 Britannia, plus 2x large sheets 300gsm+ paper, e.g. 300gsm Hahnemühle Mount Card (cheap and big from Studio Art Supplies) or 350gsm Fabriano Disegno.

At Browne School of Art, we also have a selection of basic materials available for purchase.



Standard Booking

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

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