Abstraction Studio Art with David Palliser

Level: Beginner/Intermediate/All levels
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)


6-week Short Course – Currently teaching!

  • Dates: Mondays; 3-May, 10-May, 17-May, 24-May, 31-May, 7-Jun, 21-Jun, 28-Jun
  • Duration: 6 week short course
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Location: MAC ‘Elgin Studio’ – Level 1, 73 Burwood Road, Hawthorn – NEW LOCATION!
  • Course fee: $420 inc. GST

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

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

For more experienced artists or those who have completed Abstraction Level 1, this course provides an opportunity to explore the abstraction journey further and create self-guided art works with input from David.

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

Classes are restricted to about eight places to ensure one-on-one tuition.


David Palliser 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.


Enrolment details

{Currently Teaching}
Dates: Mondays; 3-May, 10-May, 17-May, 24-May, 31-May, 7-Jun, TBC
(31st May cancelled due to Melbourne lockdown, replacement 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: $420 inc. GST

By purchasing a place in this course you are agreeing to the Terms & Conditions of Melbourne Art Class.
Terms & Conditions (excerpt): For all withdrawal requests received less than 14 days prior to the course commencement date, either prior to the course commencement date, during the course or after the course has finished, no refund or credit will be provided.

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    Feedback from our Abstraction students

    “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