Discover Abstract Painting Part 1 - Starting from realism.
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Discover Abstract Painting Part 1 - Starting from realism.

Learn how to create unique abstract paintings with expert guidance of a professional artist
3.7 (41 ratings)
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261 students enrolled
Created by Anniek Verholt
Last updated 1/2017
English [Auto-generated]
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create an abstract painting from scratch
  • Have a greater understanding of what makes an abstract painting interesting.
  • Know the difference between abstract and figurative art
  • Apply the taught method to your own favourite subject resulting in fantastic personal abstract artworks.
  • Paint with increased confidence
  • Recognise works of some pretty famous abstract artists from the past and the present.
  • You will need to have access to a space where you can create freely (this can be the kitchen table or a spare room, up to you!)
  • You will need to have access to a computer or tablet to follow the course :-) and after that you will be provided with a list of art materials that you'll need to start creating your own paintings throughout the course.

This course will help you gain a good understanding of the basics of abstract art. Besides an interesting journey through the history and development of the abstract movement you'll be taught a clear step by step practical method that involves moving gradually from a figurative drawing to a unique abstract painting. Anniek developed and teaches these techniques to students in art classes in London and overseas. This is the first time her courses are taught online. So wherever you're based, now you can join in and learn in your own time and space. Anniek has a positive approach and gently guides you through the course programme. Before you know it you've created a beautiful painting of your own!

Who this course is for:
  • This Abstract Painting course is meant for students that are new to abstract art and/or the more experienced students looking to try a different approach.
Course content
Expand all 28 lectures 01:29:54
+ What is abstract art
6 lectures 10:23

In this introduction video you'll hear a brief overview of the course Discover Abstract Painting Part 1 from realism to abstraction. Anniek Verholt, a professional artist, artistic therapist, art educator and your tutor on this course explains the journey you are about to embark on. 

In small steps you will be guided from the figurative and representational reality all the way into abstraction where the focus is on form, composition, colour and line. 

Preview 01:09

The online classroom provides an extended learning space for students. In this closed group students have the opportunity to connect, share their progress, ask/answer questions and offer/receive feedback. 

Connect live with your tutor and classmates.

This lecture shines a light on abstract painting, what it might entail and how it is experienced by famous artists.

Is abstract painting difficult?

We'll have a close look at a definition and meaning of abstract art. What is abstract art really? We break this question down and offer some insights and a way of understanding this painting style. 

What is Abstract Art?

In this lecture we look at a visual overview of abstract art and get to know some of the most inspiring abstract works of all times.

Examples of Famous Abstract Paintings

What aspects or examples of abstract painting do you feel most drawn to? In this lecture we look at personal taste and differences as a method to come closer to defining your own preferred style.

What style do you like?
+ Setting up and getting ready
4 lectures 05:29

Now let’s get ready for some creativity. In this lecture you get practical advice on how to prepare your creative space. Where will you paint? What do you need? Where and how can you feel most comfortable?

Setting up your creative space

A list of art materials is provided so that you can make a start with the first part of your creative studies.

Preview 00:38

We look at an inspiring artist 'Piet Mondrian' and use his step by step approach as an example to highlight the gradual but powerful journey from realism to abstraction.

Get to know Mondrian’s Tree series

We will look at selecting a suitable subject for this study. We focus on a still-life and use a variety of forms. 

Choosing your subject
+ Time to get creative
8 lectures 49:35

This is a first creative exercise as part of a warm up. A blind drawing of your still life is a way to move closer to the mindset needed to paint and understand abstract art. This can be fun and liberating. A demo of a blind drawing is included.

Preview 04:38

A two minute sketch is the second creative exercise still part of the warm up. A way to look at the composition and connection of your objects. A demo of a two minute sketch is included.

The 2 minute sketch

The ten minute sketch is now easier to create after the two warm up exercises have been completed. You will now have a better understanding of the dimensions and variety of the objects. A demo of a ten minute sketch has been included.

The ten minute sketch

This lecture covers the next step of your drawing, refining. This allows you to continue to work on your previous observational drawing and achieve a result you are happy with. A demo of the final drawing process has been included.


We try and find an answer to the questions 'what is the essence of my chosen subject?'.

The essence

This lecture will guide through the process of gradually abstracting your drawing yet retaining the essence of your subject.

Preview 09:02

We pay extra attention to composition. What is a composition and how can you use it?


This lecture describes the creative and personal input that can enhance your drawing. 

Creating an interesting composition
+ Painting your abstract painting
6 lectures 21:27

This lecture offers a list of painting materials that are needed for the next stage of this course. 

Preview 01:38

This lecture gives an overview of what colours maybe used, how to mix colour and how colour can change your painting.

Preview 01:51

This lecture explores the use of paint and brushes before starting your abstract painting.

Tips on how to use your paint and brushes

This lecture describes the process of your abstract painting, the final stage of your creative study. You will introduce colour and depth to your abstract composition.

Painting your abstract painting

This lecture looks at the importance of pausing and reflecting during a painting process.

pause, reflect, improve

This lecture shows pictures of students' abstract artworks to inspire and connect with.

Preview 00:50
+ Congratulations, you did it!
4 lectures 03:00

At this point you have finished your painting and we acknowledge that.

You did it!

This lecture explores other ways you can use this exact method to creating your own abstract paintings.

Ideas and ways of applying your new skills

Thank you very much for taking part in the creative course, Discover Abstract Painting Part 1.

Thank you!

Discover abstract painting Part 2 will take you further into the world of abstract painting. Instead of using a figurative subject to work from we will work with a more experimental approach using our senses and imagination...resulting in dynamic and fully abstract paintings. 

More information will follow soon!

Discover Abstract Painting II