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Abstract Painting with Acrylics (5 Sessions)

at Trestle Workshops - Greenwood

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Greenwood, Brooklyn
850 3rd Ave 4th Fl Ste 411
Btwn 30th & 32nd Streets
Brooklyn, New York 11232
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 8

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this abstract painting class:

In these five-class workshops (a total of 15 hours), students will create a series of eight paintings/drawings from classwork and homework assignments. Novice and experienced painters are welcome. This class will help students delve into personal symbolism to find an authentic voice in their work. 

For inspiration we will look at a mixture of art history and contemporary art. Class exercises will address line, shape, format, texture, composition, and color theory. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments and attend one exhibition.

Important Thing to Note:

Students are expected to complete all homework assignments and attend one exhibition.


Q: Can I make up a class if I miss one?
A: No, but you will have time to catch up with the teacher. Students can email the school and teacher ahead of time to arrange this.

Q: Is a certificate of completion available to me after completing their class?
Yes, by request

Q: Is a professional certificate available to me after completing their class?

Q: Can I take home what I make in this class?
A: Yes

Q: Is this class hands on?

Q: Are materials provided and included in the cost of the class?
A: No, students will need to bring the following materials: 

For the first class: 
  • Pre-stretched Canvas: Please bring 3 surfaces for the first class
  • Palette Paper or you can bring in Freezer Paper from the grocery store (it is the same thing).
  • Acrylic Paint - Please have these colors:
    • Ivory Black
    • Cadmium Yellow Pale
    • Cadmium Red Medium
    • Titanium White (big tube)
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Cadmium Red Light
    • Cadmium Orange
    • Cobalt Violet
    • Permanent Green
  • 1” Artist Tape
  • A Sketch Book or Journal
  • Painting rags or paper towels
  • Synthetic Brushes are great for acrylic paint! #12 flat/ any other brushes you desire in this shape, #6 filbert/any other brushes you desire in this shape, # 2, #8, #12 rounds, 2. 5 or 3 inch chip brush or gesso brush. One non brush (that we will use as a brush – will get dipped into paint and used to make marks this can be anything of your hearts desire – be inventive.
  • Pencil or Pen to write with
  • Scissors
  • Gloss and Matte Medium – any brand and can be the small size
    *One other medium you are curious about – molding paste, heavy gel, mica flakes, glass bead gel – anything you see. We will look and find out more in the 2nd Class.
  • Bag or container for your supplies.
  • Water Container
For 2-D into 3-D and Assemblage please bring in found objects, gel matte medium and if your objects are heavy like broken glass or ceramics, please only bring in wood panels. You also will need silicone glue (found at the hardware store)

Please bring these materials to your first class with a $20.00 materials fee.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider   


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

Full 7 business days before class time for rescheduling. No refunds.


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Reviews of Classes at Trestle Workshops (326)

(326 Reviews)
Abstract Painting with Acrylics (5 Sessions)
Reviewed by Doris B. on 5/4/2018
This class is a great exploration into various acrylic mediums. The instructor is well prepared and encouraging.
Abstract Painting with Acrylics (5 Sessions)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 11/23/2015
Melissa was a great teacher! Awesome energy and very willing to answer any questions in class or over the course of the week. I would absolutely take another class from her. The group of people was great and the timing of the class was perfect!
Abstract Painting with Acrylics (5 Sessions)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/20/2015
Great class. Creative instructor.
Abstract Painting with Acrylics (5 Sessions)
Reviewed by Allyson T. on 7/17/2015
Melissa is an amazing teacher and person. I highly recommend the abstract painting class I took with her.
Abstract Painting with Acrylics (5 Sessions)
Reviewed by Elyse B. on 12/22/2017

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