New: Demystifying Abstraction

A perfect course for those who are curious
about the creative process required to produce
an abstract image. This workshop will show
you how to see in different ways and will help
you understand how to create your own unique
abstract imagery. Beginners welcome.

Who is this course for

A practical introduction to abstract art for beginners and more experienced artists, interested in the diverse range of styles and techniques abstract drawing and painting has to offer. Learners are welcome to bring their own ideas, inspiration or approaches to class.

What does this course cover

A broad overview, exploring materials, methods and techniques for creating abstract imagery, enabling the student to explore the links between abstract painting, colour, mood and emotion.
By the end of the course students should be able to:
Use a range of practical painting skills.
Have confidence in handling materials, methods, techniques and exploring ideas.
Be aware of the historical development of abstract painting.
Develop strategies for working to a brief, including recording and developing ideas.

What will it be like

At the beginning of the course there will be a short questionnaire to establish each learner's personal starting point and any particular needs or aspirations they may have. This will take less than 10 minutes to complete and is very useful in helping the tutor to best help.
Class will begin with a short introduction to abstract painting, via a slideshow and handout. Materials, techniques or ideas will be demonstrated, before students are encouraged to explore methods, materials and approaches, and to experiment with their own ideas. The emphasis will be on practical work and having fun. Students will be encouraged to work independently.
At the end of the class the group will come together to review their work and reflect on what can be learnt from one another. This is important in developing understanding and also helps students gain confidence.

What else do you need to buy or do

Basic drawing materials are provided but students are welcome to bring their own paints and canvas/boards if they wish to.

What this course could lead to

This course compliments further courses in Design, Glass, Painting, Photography & Textiles.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.

Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;

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I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.

MWC student

Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’