Exploring Abstract Acrylic Painting with Richard Gunning with Richard Gunning

This painting course explores the diverse possibilities of a major aspect of contemporary art (with a tradition that stretches back at least 100 years) - Abstraction!

Suitable for all skill levels this course is ideal for anyone who feels like stepping out of the confines of representational painting and gaining a better understanding of abstraction. Be expertly expertly lead you through a series of projects working alongside your tutor Richard Gunning, and create a set of paintings that cover the main approaches to abstraction.

You will learn about the history of Abstract Art and gain a deep understanding of how to harness colour, shape, and form to convey emotion and sensation in painting. The six-week course will end with a mini-exhibition in the beautiful light filled FAC Painting Studio!

What to bring:-

  • Acrylic paints (Chromacryl/A2/Atelier/Matisse are recommended). You will learn how to mix all colours you need with these six colours and white, therefore you are encouraged to purchase good quality paints.
    • Titanium White
    • Warm Red - cadmium red or napthol scarlet
    • Cool Red - alizarin crimson or quinacridone red
    • Warm Blue - ultramarine
    • Cool Blue - phthalo blue
    • Warm Yellow - cadmium yellow medium or deep, or arylamine yellow
    • Cool Yellow - cadmium yellow light, or lemon yellow
    • Optional Colours: magenta, viridian or phthalo green, yellow ochre and mars black
  • Selection of acrylic, round and flat (filbert) brushes. Sizes 2, 4, 6 & 8
  • Flat palette
  • Jars with lids (at least two)
  • Rags
  • Notebook & pen
  • Apron
  • Canvas/boards and preparing surfaces will be discussed in first class
  • Further materials may be required throughout the course


Please note, COVID restrictions may apply at the time of this course. By enrolling, you agree to abide by the restrictions at all times while onsite. Please visit the COVID Safe page on our website to read the most up to date information or visit wa.gov.au.

Building Access:

FAC is a heritage listed building with access limitations. If you have any special access requirements, please contact reception on 9432 9555 before enrolling in a course.

Students with Special Requirements:

If you or the person you are wishing to enrol has special requirements, please contact Reception on 9432 9555 or email [email protected] to discuss suitability and how we can help.

Tutor Richard Gunning

Richard Gunning has a broad knowledge of art and art history and has taught at many tertiary institutions and universities in WA

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