Introduction to Abstraction with David Palliser

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Ages: This course is designed for adults
(Students aged 14 -18 who are studying art may be able to attend, please contact us to discuss suitability)

5-week Short Course – Currently teaching {Postponed during lockdown}!

  • Dates: Mondays; 12-Jul, 19-Jul, 26-Jul, 2-Aug, TBC, TBC, TBC, – 2021
  • Duration: 5 week short course
    Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Location: MAC ‘Elgin Studio’ – Level 1, 73 Burwood Road, Hawthorn – NEW LOCATION!
  • Course fee: $365 inc. GST

Melbourne Art Class welcomes one of Australia’s most extraordinary abstract artists – David Palliser – to conduct a course solely dedicated to abstract studio art practice.

This course introduces the key elements and techniques of abstraction and will help beginner students, and artists who would like to revisit the fundamentals.

A wide range of mediums are available, including drawing and painting in acrylics.

The course will explore the following:

  • Colour using collage and paint mixing
  • Positive and negative space as the starting point for an image
  • Intuition, gesture and risk

David has had over twenty solo exhibitions and his work has been acquired by collections such as the Australian National Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank, and Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.


David Palliser, Wayside Travel Dispute, 2016, 112x97cm, source: davidpalliser.com

David has participated in numerous exhibitions, including Imagine, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2006 and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, 2013. David has also attended residencies at Leipzig in 2015 and Berlin in 2016.

Classes sizes are limited to ensure one-on-one tuition.


Enrolment details

{Currently teaching/ Postponed during lockdown}
Dates: Mondays; 12-Jul, 19-Jul, 26-Jul, 2-Aug, TBC, TBC, TBC
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Location: MAC ‘Elgin Studio’ – Level 1, 73 Burwood Road, Hawthorn – NEW LOCATION!
Materials: Basic materials are included in the course fee, however, ongoing students will be encouraged to put together a materials kit
Course fee: $365 inc. GST


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    Feedback from our Abstraction students

    “The abstract class I’m doing with David Paliser on Monday evenings is brilliant. He’s such a good teacher and really makes me see colour and shape in a different way. Exactly what you want from an art class!” Rachael, August 2021

    “The teacher was fantastic and the class size was great. I really enjoyed it and yet felt I learnt alot … David was very informative about teaching fundamentals, famous artists and allowing us to explore our own style.” Hannah, March 2020

    “The classes were well structured and David was able to give us personalized feedback and follow up. He is such a talented painter and he was encouraging us to try different things and pushing toward alternative directions to explore concepts.” Luciana, June 2019

    “This course is an opportunity to focus on art in a well-supplied studio with a fantastic art tutor.” Liz, June 2019