SPP02) Abstract Painting

Abstract expressionism is a form of art that demands us to connect with our creativity, to be present at the moment, and to create with feeling. You will go on a journey of self-discovery through this class, as we cover composition, mark-making, color, and texture, creating collections, and experiment with mixed media such as gesso, acrylic paint, ink, charcoal, and pastels. By the end of this class, you will have a collection of 3 final abstract artworks that you can sell or hang in your own home, alongside many experimental artworks.

Class Outline

Class 1: Introductions, defining abstract art, color theory, begin Project 1

Class 2: Overview of different mark-making techniques, continue Project 1

Class 3: Brief history of abstract art, introduce Project 2 (geometric abstraction)

Class 4: Review basic watercolor and ink techniques, continue Project 2 (geometric abstraction) 

Class 5: Overview mixed media techniques, introduce Project 3

Class 6: Finish Project 3, photograph collection of paintings

Class 1: Introduce abstract art techniques, begin Project 1 (Word Project)


Class 2: Continue Project 1


Class 3: Brief history of abstract art, introduce Project 2 (Geometric Abstraction)


Class 4: Continue Project 2


Class 5: Introduce Project 3 (Portrait Project)


Class 6: Finish Project 3, photograph artwork 

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

  • Watercolor and/or acrylic paint
  • Liquid glue
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Brushes
  • Heavy body paper or canvas 

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Mon, 27 Feb, 2023
Wed, 15 Mar, 2023
Mondays & Wednesdays
5:00pm - 7:00pm
QAR 850


Nia Alexander Campbell

Nia Alexander Campbell is an artist and writer from Richmond, Virginia. She received a BFA in Painting & Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in Art History (emphasizing in Black art and cinema) and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Design from VCUarts Qatar.

Nia's creative practice explores the ways collage, writing, and traditional & digital painting mediums can be used to tell stories through design. She believes that storytelling in any medium can function as an excellent way to combat ignorance, give a voice to the otherwise unheard, and bridge the divides we see in our world today. Her subject matter explores themes of the history, mental health, and the experiences of underrepresented groups of people. She often draws inspiration from her experiences as an African American woman raised in the U.S. and her numerous experiences abroad.