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CPT 103-S18-1 | Abstract Painting

CPT 103-S18-1 | Abstract Painting

Mon-Fri, 6/11-6/15, 9AM-4PM, Room 402

Maximum Enrollment: 12 LBS

Course Description

This course is designed for students to expand upon painting techniques and introduce more experimental processes within the painting practice. Throughout the course students will learn the history of abstract painting and what it means to be an abstract painter today. Class exercises will be painting to music, painting from various still life and will include mini lectures in art history. Previous experience in painting is encouraged.

TUITION: $335 + FEES: $20
CEUs: 3.5

Tessa Greene O’Brien holds an MFA from Maine College of Art, and a BS from Skidmore College. Tessa exhibits her paintings and installations throughout the region, and has recently attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Hewnoaks, and the Stephen Pace House Residency. She is the co-founder of the Portland Mural Initiative, and co-owner of Better Letter Hand Painted Signs. Her painting practice primarily deals with color, shapes, architecture, and the abstracted landscape, and she is interested in the question of what makes a painting a painting.


  • Acrylic Paint: Alizarin crimson, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, another yellow of choice, cobalt blue, another blue of choice, zinc white, and other colors of your choosing
  • Acrylic Medium: acrylic gel medium
  • Oil Paint: Alizarin crimson, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, another yellow of choice, cobalt blue, another blue of choice, zinc white and other colors of your choosing. **You do not need these exact colors. What‰'s important is that you have a Red, Yellow and Blue.
  • Oil Mediums: Neo Megilp (optional), turpentine, damar varnish (optional), linseed oil, squirt bottle or jar to contain mediums.
  • Oil Brush Cleaning: 1 bottle of baby oil or turpentine for cleaning brushes.

Oil and acrylic:

  • 1 Palette- small enough to transport wet paint and cover however necessary
  • 2 Palette knives- small and medium
  • 1 Jar for rinsing brushes
  • Rags for wiping excess paint from palette knife or brush
  • Brushes (bring a variety of shapes and sizes)
  • Surfaces to paint on: I would like you to have 2 surfaces to paint on for each class. The surfaces you paint on can be paper, canvas (stretched or unstretched) or panel. We can discuss other materials to paint on when you come to class.

***Please let me know if there are questions about supplies. Oil and acrylic are best suited for the class exercises and one or the other is required. In addition to that I do welcome other mediums (i.e. watercolor or gauche) for side projects and experimentation if you choose to do so. It is also great if you want to buy other colors to paint with or try different acrylic or oil mediums.

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