Expressive Abstract Painting with Heather Neilson


6 Weeks | Fridays 2:00 pm – 5:00 PM

April 5 – May 10

There is a $10 Supply Fee payable to the instructor.

Explore expressive abstract painting and build your abstract painting skills and confidence.
You will be guided through exercises on the principles of value, color, shape, composition and more. You will also learn how to use GOLDEN acrylic paint and assorted mark-making tools.
Beyond structured exercises, you’ll learn to trust your intuition, cultivate mindfulness, and embrace your artistic voice. Learn to tame the inner critic in a warm and non-judgmental setting and bring your full human
experience to your art.

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Expressive Abstract Painting Class Supply List
Heather Neilson

Required Student Supplies

  • Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Pad, 18″x24″, White, 15
    Sheets Order early! Acceptable alternatives are Acrylic paper,
    canvas paper or watercolor paper that is at least 140lbs. I do NOT
    recommend the Canson brand that is 98lbs.
  • Every other class, starting with the first class, we will work on the
    paper above. On alternating weeks, you can choose to work on any
    substrate you wish such as the same paper as above, canvas, wood
    or anything else suitable for acrylic paint. Heather will review the
    options during the first class if you wish to wait to purchase additional
    substrates. You might find that you love to work on the 18×24 paper
    and no additional substrates are necessary.
  • Acrylic paints – Recommend GOLDEN fluids. However, you can work
    with any brand and type of acrylic paints. This is a good starter
    GOLDEN set
    that includes beautiful colors. Colors should include 1
    ounce or larger size of Titanium White, Carbon Black, and any
    variation of Yellow, Red, Blue and at least one other color that you
    love. Heather will bring some supplemental GOLDEN colors to try but
    they should not be your main source of paint.
  • An assortment of brushes. I recommend having various sizes and try
    to have one that is a larger size =at least 1 inch width if not wider. You
    can use any brushes you wish as long as they are suitable for acrylic.
    Silver Brush brand , especially the SilverSilk 88 line, is an exceptional
    acrylic brush. I will have some Silver Brush brushes to for you to try.
  • Fluid Matte Medium – GOLDEN brand recommended, 8 ounces or
    next smallest bottle. OR regular Matte Medium. Any brand as an
    alternative is fine.
  • White Gesso GOLDEN recommended but any brand will do.
  • yellow frog tape (can usually be found at Home Depot or most
    hardware stores in the paint section). 1” (.94”) Alternatively, Artist
    Tape in 1” (or close) width.
  • Something flat and sturdy to tape your paper to that is larger than
    18×24 such as 20×30. A piece of foam core or cardboard works
    great. Alternatively, you can purchase a piece of foam core from me
    for $5.

Please also bring:

  • A roll of paper towels for clean up (recommend Blue shop papers
    towels from hardware store)
  • Palette for paint. Options include palette paper, freezer paper (found
    at grocery store), large metal or plastic tray.
  • Palette knife (preferably metal)
  • Plastic container for water. A large yogurt container works well.
  • A ruler
  • A pencil and/or pen
  • Notebook/Journal for class notes


  • Latex Gloves
  • Apron
  • Mark making tools such as a brayer, old card for scraping, silicone
    bowl scraper, color shapers. Or any other mark making tool you like
    to use
  • Any other favorite art making tool
  • Other (any or all of the following. Teacher will bring many to use):
    • Charcoal
    • Oil pastels
    • Pastel
    • Graphite

6 Weeks | Fridays 2:00 pm – 5:00 PM