ONLINE: Abstract Expressionism

ONLINE: Abstract Expressionism (5 Weeks)

Level: MultiLevel

Price: LAC Members $160.00 / Non-Members $165.00

Class Description

In this hands-on oil painting class, you will learn about the painting techniques used by artists in the Abstract Expressionist movement. Through an immersion in the artistic styles of Pollock, de Kooning, Rothko, Frankenthaler and others, you will discover alternative ways of using color and manipulating oil paint that you can apply to a variety of other painting styles. Prerequisite: Beginning Oil Painting, Beginning Acrylic Painting or prior experience

6-8 pmWednesday, June 24, 2020 to Wednesday, July 22, 2020David DownsRegister Online

Student Information

A list of supplies can be found on our Blick U page:


Email: David with questions about supplies or recommendations.

5 painting surfaces, 16 x 20 inches or larger. This can be stretched canvas, a canvas pad, or canvas panel.
A set of large tube oil paints, 150 - 200 ml. I recommend Dick Blick brand student grade oils in 200 ml tubes. Recommended colors: cadmium red hue, titanium white, lamp or ivory black, ultramarine blue, and lemon yellow. It’s great to pick out a few other colors you like as well. Purple and orange are hard colors to mix for example and are nice to have.
A bottle of linseed or sunflower oil for thinning paint.
A bottle of Gamsol (probably one of the safest paint thinners with no smell) for diluting oil paint and cleaning brushes.
Hog bristle or stiff synthetic bristle brushes. We will mostly use 1, 2, and 3 inch cheap house painting brushes. Nicer art brushes are optional, but having a few small ones will give you a little more mark making diversity. Note that the techniques we use will mostly require cheap large brushes and not nice thin art brushes.
A jar or can to clean your brushes in.
Some bowls, reusable or disposable, to mix larger quantities of paint in.
A plate, or butches tray (preferred), or any tray to mix paint on.
Paper towels or a couple rags.

Optional items we may experiment with but are not required:
Uncooked egg
Masking tape
Archival glue
Drawing paper


Please make sure to have supplies purchased before the first day of class.


This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom (, and register your email address prior to your first class.

You will be emailed Zoom meeting instructions, including a unique URL and meeting code to join the class at least 1 day before the start of the class. If you do not receive an email from your instructor or registered within 24 hours of the first scheduled class, please contact the front desk ASAP.

Class cancellations can happen if enrollment minimums are not met 2 days prior to the first class. If your class is canceled, you will be contacted via phone or email.

If your class comes with a required or optional kit:  All kits will be available for contactless pick-up the week prior to the start date.