Abstract Painting Course
Beyond Colour Fields
When you already followed my course ‘Pattern Playing’, this probably feels a bit like a continuation to that class. Because it is an abstract course. Because we work with more advanced, patchwork-like compositions. Because colour will be our guideline. Above all, because patterns are a big part of it again. This time we create patterns with various printing techniques. The prints will work as patterns as well as an enrichment for texture.
Watch the video
The Secrets of Creating an Abstract Painting
In this class I invite you to play around and take your time to prepare yourself and find out what you love, before you start with your canvas. For me, this is the ultimate way to get into the painting process! I invite you to discover new printing techniques with things you find in and around your home.
Once you have an idea about your composition, your colours and you know your favourite printing items, you start with your project. We work with acrylic paint and decorate our art pieces with stamps, carving and stencilling.
Duration: ± 3 hrs and 55 min.
Suitable for all levels of experience.
Price: USD 79
Self-Paced Painting Course – Video Lessons Easily Accessible Via Your Standard Internet Browser on Mac, PC, Smartphone or Tablet – Printable Workbook Included – Feedback from Luz and Fellow Students Via Private Facebook Community and Website.
Have you ever printed with a placemat? Sounds crazy, but you could use almost everything. Think of candle holders, plates, packages, etc. Warning for your housemates: Acrylic paint all over the place!
What you’ll get…
The ability to watch the course at your own pace, when you want to, as often as you wish. You can watch it from your desktop, but also from your tablet or your phone in a browser or with a special iOS app.
An invitation to join our private Facebook community Luz Artworks, where you meet with fellow artists. This is a great source of inspiration and a chance to share your work and gain valuable feedback.
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For all levels
Whether you are an experienced artist searching for a fresh approach or have no art experience at all, this course is suitable for you! The lessons are designed to help you open up to new techniques and (re)discover that playful experience. Creating and having fun are more important, having an end result to be proud of is a nice bonus!
Find your colours
Your art teacher: Luz
Marloes Bloedjes alias Luz is an artist living in The Netherlands, creating colorful, abstract paintings and mixed media artworks. She enjoys long walks in nature. Back home she mixes her impressions with her rich inner world. When these two come together, magical creations are born. In addition to her work as an artist, she teaches adults and children in her studio since 2010.
Since 2018 Luz is developing online classes, together with her partner, photo/videographer Anthony Verolme.
“In my art I feel a deep connection with myself and my inner world. If there were no art, there were no me.”
List of Supplies
For the preparation stage of this class you will need a sketchbook or paper and charcoal to draw your composition. It’s good to have some artbooks and some printed images.
A substrate to work on, this could be a canvas, but you could also work on thicker paper (300 grams or more) or on plywood. I use a 40×40 size canvas and a smaller rectangular canvas.
In this class we work with acrylic paint. I use paint from the brand Winsor & Newton Galeria: MIxing White, Buff Titanium, Cadmium Yellow, Green Gold, Burnt Umber, Payne’s Grey and an undefined Red. From Royal Talens Amsterdam: Neutral Grey and Raw Sienna . Of course, use your own favourite colour palette!
To create a foundation or background, a brayer can give you a great start. At the moment, the Essdee brayer is my best friend. In this class I use the 4” soft brayer. You could also use a large flat brush (a spalter) to create your first foundation. I use brushes in various sizes and shapes. My favourite ones are from the Raphael series. You’ll need a (tear-off) palette and a water tin or jar and kitchen towels to clean your brushes.
I will encourage you to look for things in and around your home that provide texture. Of course, you are free to use premade stamps and stencils. But I am sure you could do it without those! A very handy item for stencilling though is the tampon brush.
At the end of the course you might need some mark making tools, such as markers, fineliners, pens or soft pastels.
Something to protect your table and an apron to protect your clothes.
When does the course start and finish?
This is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start, how long you work and when you finish. The class is permanently open and of the course material will be available for you to view, download and work through.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does unlimited access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own. What level is the course suitable for? This course is for anyone who has ever wanted to sketch and paint trees. The material is suitable for beginners and more experienced artists.
Do I need all the art supplies?
This list of supplies is split up in two categories. There are some basic requirements, you’ll need a surface to work on, (like a canvas), acrylic paint and paper for your pattern designs. It’s up to you what else you use! The good thing about mixed-media is you can make a lot of stuff without much supplies.
Do I need high speed internet for the course?
Yes, you will need a good internet connection to view and/or download the video content for this course. If you’re using the Teachable app on your iPad or iPhone, you could download all lessons to watch them offline.
Do I need to have experience with mixed media before I start with this class?
This class is suitable for all art levels, whether you are a beginner or an experienced artist. Everything will be explained step by step, I’ll teach you a lot of techniques so there will be something new for everybody joining the course! Being open and eager to learn are more important than the level you’re at!
Will there be an online community for this course?
Yes, I will provide details of how to submit a request to join the Luz Artworks Facebook community. There is also a hashtag #patternplaying that can be used on Instagram and other social media platforms.
What if I’m unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.
What is the Enrollment & Checkout procedure?
Enrolling is easy and fast! Just hit one of the buttons on this page and proceed to the checkout. If you need assistance signing up or when you ‘d like to use another payment method, don’t hesitate to contact me personally via email: [email protected]. When you don’t receive a confirmation email after successfully signing up, please check your email spam box and confirm your account.
“I enrolled in the Pattern Playing course at Luz.Artworks. I watched the full set of videos, then went to gather all my supplies and got to work. This course was so inspiring that I could not stop working at, or dreaming about, my art pieces for three days straight! Luz is an excellent teacher and I found her so aligned with my thinking – “it’s all about the process” and “know when to stop if it doesn’t add to the piece”! The course and workbook were so clear, of high quality, and so inspiring. Next time I will work with more muted colours and will work more on developing my patterns, although I was still very happy with my results. 😊 Thank you Luz.”
If anyone is thinking about taking a class from Luz, just give it a chance. Luz is a wonderful teacher with a relaxed but energetic style. I never felt pressured or stressed. She interacts with the participants all the way through and was very encouraging. I really learned so much. 5/5