Painting and Abstraction Workshop with David Palliser

Level: All skill levels

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One-day Workshop

  • Dates: TBC
  • Time: TBC
  • Location: MAC Hawthorn Studio, 817B Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
  • Course fee: TBC

Melbourne Art Class welcomes one of Australia’s most extraordinary abstract artists – David Palliser – to conduct a workshop series about working in abstraction.

David Palliser, Wayside Travel Dispute, 2016, 112x97cm, source:

The workshops will focus on the following:

  • Colour mixing and spatial qualities of colour,
  • Positive and negative space as the starting point for an image
  • Intuition, gesture and risk
  • Collage

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 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

Dates: TBC
Location: MAC Hawthorn Studio, 817B Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Time: TBC
Materials: All materials included
Course fee: TBC

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    Feedback from previous students

    “Overall the workshop was excellent and David was a fantastic teacher. I found it very well run and David was very responsive to our needs and abilities. The content was excellent, some historical/theoretical background with a focus on practical work.” – Domenyk, 2019

    “I thoroughly enjoyed David’s workshop. He is an excellent teacher and opened my eyes up to new ways to look at colour and abstract art. Everything was supplied which was great and the content was well thought out and one exercise led to the next. I was enjoying myself so much I could have done another two Saturdays!” – Gaby, 2019

    “David was down to earth and knowledgeable. He provides good feedback which helped me to rethink how I could improve. Abstraction was something really outside of my comfort zone but it was such an encouraging environment. I really enjoyed the lessons. Thanks David!” – Pei Yi, 2019

    “The way David lead the workshop was very easy to follow and as a beginner was very encouraging. The individual attention was also well balanced and I didn’t feel out of my depth. ” – Therese, 2019

    “Knowledgeable, encouraging, personable. Good combination of ‘techniques’ each with a specific set of challenges.” – Jill, 2018

    “I enjoyed it very much. Hugely stimulating. I was dragged out of my comfort zone and developed a new way of seeing things.” – Luisa, 2018

    “I loved the way David referred to books and other artists work which gave me inspiration and confidence.  His class was well structured and he made sure he went around to everyone and gave them ideas and feedback.  He was very encouraging. I’ve done some classes over the past 12 months and felt this was probably the best I had been to so far.” – Susan, 2018

    “I enjoyed the course. David was an excellent teacher. I would recommend the course to other artists interested in getting involved in abstract art, and would certainly consider getting involved in further courses. ” – Maureen, 2018