Course Code OC2301040
Tutor Gail Seres-Woolfson
Course Dates Wednesdays, 4th October - 11th November 2023
Days 5
Times 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Experience Level All Levels
Fee £145
Location Online

This is a fun and ideas-filled course, offering a structured introduction to abstract painting. You’ll be guided through a number of different approaches: playing with the possibilities of mark-making and colour; considering how we begin a painting including working from imagination or using abstraction; experimenting with process-based painting; and exploring the uses of collage to create exciting compositions. We will be inspired by a range of references by relevant artists, and your tutor will share demonstrations and tips throughout. This course will build your confidence and provide you with lots of tools with which to develop your paintings. Suitable for beginners and those with a little more experience looking to make experimental paintings together!

This course is suitable for all levels. Students can move at their own pace depending on their experience, with as much support from the Tutor as they wish.

  • Beginner

    Choose a Beginners course if you are looking for a broad introduction to the medium you are studying. Students spend time learning the very basics of the taught medium, for example, how to mix colours, use different tools, set up an easel. Our Beginner courses are suitable for students with no prior experience, they tend to follow a more structured path than our other courses, ensuring each student receives the guidance they need from the tutor.

  • Beginner +

    Choose a Beginner + course if you are looking to hone your skills, focus on a specific subject area and build your confidence. These courses are suitable for those with some basic skills in and knowledge of the taught medium, but still follow a structured path with guidance from the tutor.

  • Intermediate

    Our Intermediate courses are suitable for students who have considerable prior knowledge of the taught medium or have completed a Beginners/Beginners + course with the Art Academy.

    These courses tend to be less structured and instead are tailored to the classes’ needs and the direction they want to advance in. Choose an Intermediate course if you are looking to improve your skills and have more critical discussions around the work you produce.

  • Advanced

    Choose our Advanced courses if you have considerable knowledge in the taught medium. You are expected to be able to work independently and have critical discussions around your work.

     Our Advanced courses include our Masterclasses.

All attendees must be aged 18 or over.

Students need to ensure that they have all the  materials  and technical equipment needed available from the first lesson.

The lesson will be facilitated through Zoom platform. Please ensure your computer/laptop/smart phone is set-up prior to the first lesson.

  • a set of acrylic paints and brushes
  • at least one palette knife -a pot of water
  • kitchen roll
  • a palette (a tear-off palette or a ceramic plate or a roll of greaseproof paper etc)
  • surfaces to work on, eg a pad of heavy weight cartridge paper or acrylic painting paper, ideally A3 size (or larger if you’d like/have space), also some scrap paper is useful
  • a pencil and rubber (plus optional charcoal)
  • a roll of masking tape
  • a pair of scissors and a pritt stick/glue
  • a 30 centimetre ruler
  • plastic or newspaper to protect your table/floor
  • Useful extras: scrap cardboard, some sponges, string, scrap polystyrene, small items you might be able to ‘print’ the paint with, old random brushes in any unusual shapes, a disposable folk/knife, an old comb, a spray bottle -cleaned empty plastic take-away containers that you can mix paint up in -a table-top or freestanding easel (by no means essential), a cutting matt and craft knife

We will not be held responsible for any technical issues that you might experience with your own equipment or connectivity. If for any reason (including technical) students are unable to take part, we will not be providing compensation. We are not responsible for any subsequent cost accrued from high data usage.


Gail’s paintings reflect her fascination with the urban landscape, figures and stories around her, and an interplay between structure and spontaneity, observation and re-imagining. She has exhibited across the capital and her work has been shortlisted for the inaugural Evening Standard Contemporary Painting Prize and the prestigious Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize and is held in private collections in the UK and internationally. Gail enjoys teaching in a variety of settings, encouraging and supporting students to develop their skills and style with a range of approaches and artistic references.

  • Please ensure that at all times you follow our Code Of Conduct.
  • Please note that the Art Academy cannot be held responsible for student’s technology and/or connectivity. If for any reason (including technical) students are unable to take part, we will not be providing compensation. We are not responsible for any subsequent cost accrued from high data usage.
  • You will need to have paid in full before the first session of your class. Your place is not guaranteed until we have received full payment. Please book early in order to guarantee your place on the course.
  • Please ensure that your mobile phone is not disturbing the class.
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Code Of Conduct 

We aim to foster a productive environment. We do not tolerate the following:

  • Screen-shotting or screen-recording at any point of the course (without expressed permission from the tutor or owners of the work)
  • Deliberate disruption of the session/conversation
  • Harassment, bullying, intimidation

We have a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and bullying, which we define as:

  • Negative comments about race/ethnicity, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical appearance, citizenship, or other protected categories (alt: Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, xenophobic, antisemetic, Islamophobic and classist behaviour and language)
  • Intimidation or threats
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Any activity meant to convey or cultivate hostility
  • Ad hominem insults or other attacks
  • Encouraging the above behaviour

Please also avoid the following:

  • Interrupting the tutor and fellow students without cause


If you violate the code of conduct we retain the right to eject you immediately from the lesson. Future participation will be discussed and you will be notified of the appropriate course of action.


Places Available!

Fee: £145.00