Abstract Art Course

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Who should do this course?

Anyone who wants to explore non-representational painting and who wants to strengthen and develop their own voice as a painter.

You will have fun experimenting with a wide variety of mixed media techniques that are exclusively taught in this program. This will include, acrylics, inks, spray paint, collage, pastels and more. If you are someone that loves to explore new things, then this is for you!

Anyone interested in taking risks with their painting. Anyone who wants to have more confidence in their own way of painting.

Prospective students need no prior experience.

At the end of the course, students get invited to sell their work on the LifeArt Studio Gallery. You can also become a selling artist!


How many times have you looked at an abstract painting and heard someone say, “I could do that!”?

While abstract painting looks easy to some, it can actually be more challenging than traditional or classical painting. This is because abstract art defies rules and conventions. It’s up to you as the artist to break rules, be expressive, and decide what is art.

Total abstraction bears no trace of any reference to anything recognizable. Good Abstract art makes use of all these design elements in order to carry the message the artist is trying to convey. Because we do not have specific subject (example a house or flowers etc), we only have the canvass, color and design to convey what we are trying to say. 

Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references … 

Abstraction indicates a departure from reality. This departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial, or complete. Artwork which takes liberties, altering for instance color and form in ways that are conspicuous, can be said to be partially abstract. 

Three art movements which contributed to the development of abstract art were Romanticism, Impressionism and Expressionism. Post Impressionism as practiced by Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne had an enormous impact on 20th-century art and led to the advent of 20th-century abstraction. The heritage of painters like Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin, and Seurat was essential for the development of modern art

All these artists made use of design to create their works. 

Design or Composition is essential to creating good Abstract Art. It is the only way to get and keep the viewers attention on what you want to say. Even in the so – called ‘instantaneous looseness’ of abstraction there is and underlying logic based on these building blocks.

In order to make good Abstract art, we first need to learn to think (logic and analysis) , before we feel, and depict our emotions on the canvass.

Composition Should Be a Tool – Not a Rule 

But!…you cannot break the rules if you do not know how they function and work.

Composition refers to the organization, arrangement, and combination of objects within the borders
of drawing space. You want to bring the eyes of the viewer toward your center of interest within
an aesthetically-pleasing composition.

Elements of Composition Integral to Good Design

We will be going into detail with each one of these elements.

Learn Abstract Art from the comfort of your home.

Learn innovative ways to use household items and create a masterful abstract painting at home. This incredible step by step abstract painting course is taught by Leonie. You can have a finished painting in two hours.


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Leonie.e.Brown, is a professional Encaustic Artist that loves to share her knowledge with her students. Being an artist also helps her to understand their frustrations and problems. She also has an Honours degree in Fine Art as well as a Teaching Diploma. She worked for 20 years in the advertising and marketing industry, before deciding to pursue her career as an artist on a full-time basis.  

Leonie started LifeArt School and Studio in 2004, and since then she has taught hundreds of students to create and discover their own unique voice.  

Leonie will help you to understand, create and achieve your creative dreams.



I have learnt various techniques in the past year, both in theory and practice. Leonie is very encouraging and she has amazing teaching skills. I always look forward to go to her art classes.

Shenaz Cohan

Leonie Brown is a amazing artist who brings the most ordinary to life -opening and taking one's heart on the "deep and beautiful work of soul making" (Sue Monk Kidd) that we are all on. She is a gifted teacher who takes you through the process of art step by step giving you the tools and skills to work independently and with creative freedom. She is encouraging when you think you couldn't possibly draw or paint and has the gift of "stepping on one's shoes without messing up their shine" . Thanks Leonie

Pam Popham

Leonie is a great teacher always smiling and willing to help - doesn't matter at what stage in art you are. She is very strict, take no short cuts & doesn't let anybody take short cuts. She keep by the book in her methods of art & teaching (from drawing in pencil throughout to the start of your 1st painting). After a class you feel satisfied with your progress and positive to for next session.

Ivan van Niekerk

Lovely and thorough class...love every moment

Rina Syer

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