Bradness Gallery 

Spithurst Road, Barcombe, East Sussex, BN8 5EB, UK.  Tel: 01273 400606

Abstract course 6

2 day Abstract Painting course

with Emma Burnett - £295



2021 Course dates


Saturday - Sunday  -  June 12th and 13th



For general course dates please click here for diary page

The course includes coffee and home made cake, lunch

and wine.

Meet at 9.30am for coffee ready for a 10am start.  

The day finishes at 4.30pm.


The aim of the course

The aim of this course is to cover many aspects of painting abstracts in order to give you knowledge, inspiration and techniques to help you to create your own work.  Playing with paint, experimenting and learning how to create effects are more important than going home with a finished canvas.


I like to encourage you to develop your own style rather than follow a prescriptive style.  We will work in sketchbooks to build up a resource of styles and ideas.


It is intended to be fun and to experiment and to learn rather than to produce a perfect, considered picture.  Anything that remains unfinished you will be able to continue at home.  


What is covered

Theory and discussion and inspiration


Look at abstract artists


Discuss the working qualities of different paints


Discuss paper, board and canvas and how it affects the painting techniques and drying times


The difference in drying times between oils and acrylics


How to keep acrylics damp to extend the time in which you can use them.


Many aspects of Colour


Incorporating a colour in several subtle and obvious places throughout the picture


Subtle differences of tone and colour to add interest; Bonnard’s 7 colours

Layering colours

Depth and distance

The zing effect

Small subtle bits of colour to introduce zing colour.


Keeping tonal values consistent or inconsistent


Mixing colours


How to prime a board with oil or acrylic primer


Underpainting and layering


Use of texture mediums


Block in shapes


Uplifting shapes.  The effect of heavy colours at the bottom or top


Paint techniques;

Brush strokes - Dry brush -

Blending -both wet and dry

Knife effects

Rag wiping (Rose Hilton)

Creating dots with flat knife.




Lucy Judd

Abstract Painting with Emma Burnett

Emma's paintings featured in 25 Beautiful Homes magazine June 2016

Follow up Abstract Painting sessions


These are for people who have done my 2 day course.  Each one will stand alone or you can come to however many you would like to.  The idea is to support and encourage you on your creative journey.  To explore further techniques such as colour mixing, layering, underpainting and composition.  You will bring your own materials and work and I will be there to help and guide you, answer practical questions and discuss blocks and problems.  We will look at the different techniques, styles and working practises of famous artists and discuss current exhibitions to visit.

Coffee and cake are included but bring your own lunch.  

£65 per day or £50 per day if you book 5 or more.  Max of 6 students.




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Materials for you to bring


You need to bring a canvas to work on.


I do have brushes and paints here and if you use mine, I make an at cost charge for paint, so do not stress.  It is ideal to have your own brushes (see below)


Please bring any materials that you have; acrylic paints plus anything else you wish to work with, e.g. pastels, wax crayons and inks.  You need brushes, rags, an apron or mucky clothes.


If you do not have materials then I sugest that you buy brushes.  For brushes I recommend Series A Hog - Filbert shape.  Ideally in sizes 4,6,8 and 12 or just 6 and12.


We work basically in acrylic paints and I suggest Golden as a make.


If you wish to paint a picture for a particular space then please bring photos and colour swatches.  


If you have any questions on purchasing materials, do phone me.


Follow up session dates for 2020