Abstracts using shapes and themes

Location – Wylam Institute, Wylam, Northumberland

Tuesday the 12th of Sept

Afternoon Workshop

Time – 12:30 – 4:30 pm [4 hours]

Medium  – acrylic

Level – suited to those with some experience of painting. Not suitable for total beginners

Workshop Cost – £25

In this afternoon workshop we will create stencils inspired by the theme of Venice, then compose images combining shapes that remind the viewer of the city. We will then explore playful applications of paint, experimenting with colour and a variety of tools until your finished work emerges.


During this afternoon workshop Jason will:

Provide inspirational images of Venice

Demonstrate how to edit down images to the core elements needed to infrom the viewer that the painting illustrates Venice.

Show you how to make stencils and use them to construct your own abstract images.

Discuss with you the image you intend to paint and help you plan the stages needed to make a stunning abstract.

In addition, he will paint alongside you, showing how he would work on a similar painting, taking you through the stages of it’s production.

Free tea and coffee are provided

What will you need to bring ?

Your acrylic painting kit, including:


Canvas – optional


Water pots



Masking tape

Palette knife



Drawing board.

Any images of Venice you would like to work from.

Jason has some photographs you can work from, but you may wish to work from your own reference.

What will you do in the afternoon workshop

12:30 Welcome – set up your kit and grab a free cup of tea or coffee

12:40 Demonstration / discussion about what to look for in the photos and useful themes to explore.

1:00 Drawing ideas and creating stencils

1:40 Jason begins 2 painting demonstrations exploring abstracting from his chosen photographs, to provide guidance regarding layering and tuning this type of painting. Students begin to follow ideas shown or adapt methods to suit their own images.

2:15 Tea or coffee break while the first layer of paint dries

2:30 Jason continues to demonstrate a variety of methods of applying paint reshaping and tuning his abstract images. He will help you individually construct your own painting and think through the various stages of your picture to make the best image possible.

4:15 Finish off artwork and discuss the work as a group with a cuppa

4:30 End of workshop

Please note: this is a rough guide to the afternoons timetable only.

How can you book a place on the workshop /afternoon course?

By clicking on the BUY NOW button below and following the payment procedures you will book your place on the course.

If you are unable to purchase the course online then please send a cheque for £25 made payable to;

Painting with Skill LTD

…to Jason Skill, Sikehead, Woodside Lane, Ryton, Tyne and Wear NE403ND

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To avoid disappointment – book early.

Why not buy this workshop as a gift for a friends or family ?

Workshop cost – £25


Is there public transport to Wylam?

Yes – There is a railway station in Wylam situated next to the River Tyne on the opposite bank to Wylam main village. The walk from the station is about a quarter of a mile.

Is there parking near to the institute?

Free parking can be found directly outside the institute and in nearby streets.


Painting With Skill Limited, Company No. 5763767, a company registered in England and Wales.

Registered address: Sikehead, Woodside Lane, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, NE40 3ND