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Introduction to Abstraction: how to get started

June 7, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Learn how to develop an abstract style within your paintings using images and inspiration from the Truth and Beauty exhibition.

All 10 places on this workshop have now been taken, but please book a place on our waiting list if you would like to attend a repeat of this workshop. If there is sufficient interest we will contact you with the new date.

This workshop is the first of three inspired by the Truth and Beauty exhibition at the Granary Gallery. It will provide an introduction to the differing styles included in the broad umbrella of ‘Abstract Art’ and how we can easily achieve these different looks within our artwork. For this day, we look at the traditional subject of an acoustic guitar.

Your tutor is Gail Wareham GSA, NAPA. You can see Gail’s work by visiting her website http://www.gailwareham.com.

If you are interested in Modern Art with an abstract style and wish to use this within your paintings, this workshop will help you understand the differences between the Modern Art Eras i.e., the clues to look for, and how they denote a certain genre. The day is centred around a simple photograph of a Guitar, and how, by changing a few things, you can change the ‘period’ of abstraction, for example from Cubism to Fauvism, to Surrealism. Once we have explored the options, you can get to grips with producing a painting in your chosen abstract style.

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and more experienced students seeking to widen their skills. There are 10 places available.

The workshop begins with a 30 minute guided tour of the exhibition Truth and Beauty upstairs in the Granary Gallery with James Lowther, Head of Visual Arts, Maltings.

The workshop will be held in the conference rooms on the mezzanine floor of the building. Gail will introduce the workshop over coffee, which can be purchased from the YHA cafe on the ground floor. We will break for lunch from 12.30 till 1pm, and you can bring a packed lunch or purchase it from the cafe. Our session finishes at 3pm.

Please bring

Sketch paper and pencil, rubber, ruler, eraser

A4 or A3 (your preference) painting paper, canvas paper, or stretched canvas.

Acrylic paints

Flat & Round head brushes

Water Pot

Kitchen towel / rag

Art Board

There is no need to print out and bring your ticket, as we will have a record of your booking.

If you book this course online, we will hold your personal data in accordance with our privacy policy. If you do not wish us to hold your personal data, please book by post (see www.berwickea.co.uk) and do not supply an email address.


June 7, 2022
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Conference Rooms, YHA
Dewar’s Lane
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1AJ United Kingdom