An Introduction to Abstract Art

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More Abstract Art for quiltmakers - "fragment" by Elizabeth BartonOver the five lessons in More Abstract Art for Quiltermakers, we’re going to explore more aspects of abstract art. In my first Abstract art for Quiltmakers class we looked at the lives and work, ideas and processes, of female abstract artists, artists often overlooked. In this Abstract Art for Quiltmakers Part 2, I’d like to focus on the best known and most influential abstract artists, regardless of whether they are male or female, though (in the way of things!) most of them will be male.

Overall description of the 5 lessons:

I’m going to give some definitions of abstract art – there are many, because there are several different kinds of abstraction. The idea of abstracting means different things to different people and artists have exploited and explored many different avenues. You probably won’t like them all! I don’t either… but it’s useful to have a broad idea of the field as a whole.

In the first lesson, we’ll look at the history of abstract art beginning in Europe – as a particular kind of painting, it’s relatively young, only a little over a hundred years.

Each subsequent week I’ll focus on a different area: Abstract art in New York City, the benefits and meaning of abstract work, the abstract art form we know as music, and the abstract art of the 21st century.


Each of the lessons will also include several exercises which you can follow in order to create your own abstract art. You will be able to post some of your design sketches, and I can help you evaluate them, and make them stronger.

Towards the end of the course, we’ll discuss the steps necessary in working from the sketch to create the quilt. Again I’ll be always available to help you make the designs and the quilts more interesting and more beautiful.

More Abstract Art for quiltmakers - "warmlight" by Elizabeth Barton


Each lesson I will suggest some homework! Research on a topic that is very relevant to the class and to you. In this way we’ll all learn a great deal from each other too.


At the end of each lesson, I’ll also give you the name of a book, or a url (website address) where you can go to find out more and really broaden your knowledge and experience of abstract art.

Elizabeth Barton

About More Abstract Art for Quiltmakers: Intrigued by abstract art? But don’t know where to begin even thinking about it? How and why abstract art, in all its varieties, was developed is fascinating. And there are so many wonderful quilt designs ideas within the abstract art field! Let’s dig in and see what we can glean. Each class has several exercises per lesson that will help you develop your own abstract art quilt designs. Take one class – if you love it, and I hope you do (!), then take the other one! Read more...

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