Abstract & Gestural Painting

TUTOR: GERRY COPAS

A course for beginners, exploring visual expression in paint, investigating colour and texture. A programme designed to uncover your artistic potential.

Abstract and gestural painting, often referred to as action painting, incorporates methods such as splashing, dripping, scoring, pouring, scraping and splattering paint. Emphasis is put on colour and texture and the actual act and physicality of the painting process itself. Up until the mid-19th century, Academic art dominated the art world, resulting in a form of art highly polished with no traces of the artist’s hand. Around the 1850s abstract gestural painting quickly became popular allowing artist’s free movement of the painted surface, expressive brushstrokes and intuitively driven expression.

In this course students will learn to use some of the techniques associated with this painting process and become comfortable developing and creating their own journey through a variety of techniques within the painted surface. 


THE 6 WEEKS COURSE WILL RUN OVER 7 WEEKS FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING 26 APRIL TO WEDNESDAY 7 JUNE (NO CLASS ON 17 MAY)

EACH CLASS WILL START AT 6PM AND FINISH AT 9PM.


About Gerry Copas:

Gerry Copas originally studied graphic design and after many years in the corporate design industry gaining invaluable experience in brand identity both in New Zealand and the UK, Gerry re-invented himself in 2004 returning to tertiary study completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fines Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland. During the past years, he has been involved with adult education programmes teaching painting and drawing classes.

Gerry has his own art practice and has exhibited over the years at such venues as Art Station, Pah Homestead, Railway St Gallery, Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery Auckland, and Academy of Fine Arts Wellington. His current work is text based and explores political and social narratives through language using paint as his preferred medium.


EVENING COURSES 

WEDNESDAY  6 PM – 9 PM


TERM 2 |APRIL 26 - JUNE 7

(NO CLASS ON 17 MAY)

$280.00 PER TERM

ENROLMENT NOW CLOSED


Please note:

  1. Students do not need to have completed a course in the previous term in order to enrol in a current or future term.
  2. Please read the course registration information and terms and conditions.
  3. A material list will be sent with the enrolment confirmation email.
  4. This course will run in Term: 2. Please check the 2017 Continuing Education Calendar for the terms dates.
  5. Enrolment to this course will close on 17th of April

For any question regarding this course, please contact us directly.