Fine abstraction for artists

Newly up at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Education Centre is a series of Abstract Painting courses and workshops. 

Term begins on Thursday, 21 February, and takes place weekly until Thursday, 28 March. 

Abstract painting, according to the National Gallery, is a style of painting that fools many people into believing that the creative process behind it is simple. However, the most challenging aspect of painting an abstract image is to create depth and visual tension through unusual effects, without losing the interest of the viewer or disturbing the balance of the overall composition. 

The best introduction to this process is an abstract studio, where you can be as messy as you want using the different techniques of mixed media and where you can observe the sometimes unexpected results obtained by other students. 


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Overseeing proceedings is Solenn Carriou, who grew up with a paintbrush in her hand as the daughter of a well-established French painter. 

She has attended numerous art courses in the United States, culminating in the studio of Canadian artist Lydia Panart at the Avenue Road Art School of Toronto, where she learned the various techniques of Abstract Painting. 

Solenn will introduce students to a selection of media and tools that create different textures, such as gels, paste, industrial paint and sand. These materials and visuals will be provided to encourage students to explore mediums and develop a sense of composition and balance in the distribution of colours, textures and forms. 

There are six sessions in the term taking place every Thursday morning from 10am to midday, 21 February to 28 March. It’s $140 or $126 for members and the class is limited to 10 students, with drop-in sessions $25 or $22.50 for members. 

It’s for beginner to intermediate but beginners should not come to drop-in sessions. 

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