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Creating Geometric Abstract Painting

teacher avatar Alina Harvi, Ukrainian Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Class Project


    • 3.

      Tools & Materials


    • 4.

      Geometric Abstract Art


    • 5.

      Ideas & Inspiration


    • 6.



    • 7.

      Choosing Colors


    • 8.

      Abstract Painting Texture


    • 9.

      Adding Colors


    • 10.

      Final Thoughts


    • 11.

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About This Class

Geometric art is a great way to make an aesthetic art piece, and you can do it no matter how much experience you have! It’s a perfect starting point for your abstract creative journey as a beginner.

So in this class, not only you will learn the basics of creating geometric abstract paintings, but you’ll also create your own piece of art worth a place on the wall.

First will learn more about geometric art and the three main basics: composition, color, and texture. Then we’ll talk about establishing the idea, the intention for your abstract painting. We’ll look into various sources of inspiration and ideas for abstract art. 

Tools and materials I’ll use in this class:

  • canvas 50x50 cm
  • acrylics 
  • few big brushes

I will walk you though the process of creating a geometric abstract painting. You can follow me in this process and create the same painting or develop your ideas and create your own unique painting. 

Meet Your Teacher

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Alina Harvi

Ukrainian Artist




Hi! I’m a Ukrainian artist currently based in France and I’m here to guide you into the world of oil pastels and colorful drawings and paintings :)

Hope you enjoy!


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1. Introduction: Abstract paintings are one of my most favorite types of paintings to create. They land you so much freedom to be creative. By creating an abstract painting. We communicate through the lines, shapes, colors, and even marks. Hello and welcome to this class. My name is Alina, and as you have noticed, we have a special guest in my studio today. This is Monica. And together we will create abstract painting in this class. If abstract art is totally foreign for you, and it all sounds too overwhelming and complicated. Don't worry, because this is where geometric art comes in. Geometric art is a perfect starting point for your creative journey as a beginner. And it goes without saying that it also looks contemporary in any setting. So that's a great way to make an anesthetic artwork as well. So in this class, not only you will learn the basics of creating geometric abstract paintings, but you will also create your own piece of art worth a place on the wall. So let's have a closer look at what exactly in this class. So before we dive into the topic of geometric art and how to create it, first, we will talk about the project for this class and the tools and materials you might need. Next, you will learn more about geometric art and the three main basics, composition, colors, and texture. Then we will talk about establishing the idea, the intention for your abstract painting. We will look into various sources of inspiration and ideas for abstract art. After we find the inspiration and develop the idea for geometric abstract painting, we will learn more about the composition in abstract art, and we'll also start planning out the composition for our own after fainting. Next, we'll talk about the second basic components of abstract paintings, colors. You will discover more sources for color inspiration. You will establish the color palette for your painting as well. And then we'll talk about building texture to your abstract painting and some of the possible ways to do it. Finally, we'll have our geometric painting all planned out and we will be ready to finally start creating it. I will walk you through the process of creating a geometric abstract painting. You can follow me in the process and create the same painting or develop your ideas and create your own unique painting. And so this is what we are going to do in this class. Let me know if you have any questions and have fun. 2. Class Project: The project for this class is abstract geometric painting. To create it first, make sure to watch this class. As today, you will learn more about geometric abstract art, the sources for inspiration, the importance of the idea in your painting. And of course, the three Basics to keep in mind. And as you learn it step-by-step, you will start creating your own geometric painting. I hope you will enjoy this project and I can't wait to see what you have to share with us. So once you painting is finished, don't forget to share it so that we can all appreciate your artwork. 3. Tools & Materials: In this lesson, we will go over some tools and materials you will need for this class to create your own abstract geometric painting. You can make your geometric art using any medium you want, like oils, acrylics, or watercolors, anything. So in this class, I encourage you to use your favorite medium and tools. I also encourage you to experiment and try new mediums and you unexpected styles for you. Now, I'm going to share with you my list of those and materials that I'm going to use in this class just in case if you want to follow me in this creative journey and grade the same painting as I am. So my medium for today's class is acrylics. I just acrylics for several reasons. Firstly, it was important for me that it would dry fast. And I also wanted it to be flat so that my painting would have as little texture as possible. Next, I will be used in just a few synthetic brushes, palette knife to mix the colors. Finally, I chose to work on a square canvas, 50 by 50 centimeters. Also, for one of the lessons we are going to need to the simple pencil and a piece of paper or sketchbook. So plan out the composition for the painting. So those are the supplies I will be using for this class. If you have any questions for garden art supplies or anything at all, feel free to ask me in the discussion section. 4. Geometric Abstract Art: Geometric art is a form of abstract art based on geometric forms like lines, squares, circles, other shapes, and combinations of the above. That's what makes it perfect for anyone who loves abstract art, but has no experience in creating it. The simple forms and shapes of the geometric art make it perfect for absolute beginners. Still, many find themselves lost in these creative freedom of abstract art. And that's why in this class we are going to learn, evolved the absolute basics to keep in mind those outcome position, column, and texture. As long as you build your outlook on these three basics, it will become much more easier for you to create abstract art and make sure you faint and glucagon out the way he wanted it to be. In the next lesson, we'll talk more about each one of the basics and we'll start on creating the geometric abstract painting along the way. 5. Ideas & Inspiration: Previously we talked about the three main basics of abstract art, composition, colors and texture. But those are the elements on the canvas which have to originate with the idea first. So before we go into learning more about those basics and putting them into practice, the very first thing to do is to establish the idea that intention for your future abstract painting. With intention, you will be able to bring a certain meaning or idea to those lines, colors, and texture. We'll take your obstacle work to entirely new level. And that's why it's the best. So start your painting with an idea. I know how difficult it is sometimes to find inspiration for abstract paintings. But there are questions that you can ask yourself to give you some ideas of what to paint. And as you do so, keep in mind the three basics of abstract art, composition, color, and texture. Make sure to focus on those bullet points as you search for inspiration, MDS, for your abstract painting. So first, you can ask yourself, what inspires you today? I know how overwhelming it may sound. So try to think that in general. But at the particular moment, maybe you had defined summer evening and it inspired you to create. So keep digging in this direction until you find yourself thinking about the colors that's around you, the shapes that would represent your mood and the atmosphere that you want to recreate in your abstract painting. This is a great approach to get inspired and find more ideas for your art and to put those ideas into composition, colors, and section for your painting. Another great idea to get inspired and find new ideas is to look at the abstract works of the artists that you admire. Suddenly those paintings like color combinations, textures, and other techniques, anything that catches your attention and inspires you. There are so many amazing outposts along from that, simply an amazing source of inspiration and ideas for your abstract art as well. I have gathered some of my most favorite artworks that really inspired me. So in case if you struggle finding ideas for your painting, just go to the resources and there you will find the link to my Pinterest board with the most inspiring and creating abstract geometric paintings. The last but not least source of inspiration is your surrounding all the interior to be precise. So in case if you are creating the abstract painting for a particular setting like your room or your friend's house as a brazen, then you already have the colors that you need to use for inspiration. Moreover, you can get so much more from the interior, like textures, shapes, and the overall mood of the place. That's another great source of inspiration I recommend you to use. And by the way, that's exactly what I will do in this class. But what about that later? And finally, keep practicing. Keep creating abstract paintings. And eventually you will begin to develop your own style and the ideas feel calm, easier to you. 6. Composition: We have learned about the main sources of inspiration for the abstract paintings because they have to originate with an idea first. At this stage, you may already get some rough ideas, oh, how your abstract painting will look like. And that's when they start blending out the composition for abstract painting. Composition is an arrangement of the artistic elements of the work. It's the shape, size, and the placement of the elements on the canvas. Some artists come up with the compositions, intuitively, blend them out. In this class, we will arrange the composition first. Then in our decomposition is also great visual help, especially for beginners. As we are creating geometric abstract painting in this class, it will be easier for you to arrange the composition if you fall one simple approach. First, we choose the shapes for the painting, and then we'll arrange those shapes in the composition. We have already learned that the elements of geometric abstract art can be in the lines, squares, triangles, circles, and the combination of the above and more. Now, you choose the shapes according to your intention and what you got inspired by. I personally am going go with the circles. There are family and harmonious and solved. And that's exactly what I want my abstract painting to be. As you are chosen, which composition you are going to use. Keep in mind what inspired you to create this painting? And with each intention and idea your grade in it. 7. Choosing Colors: As we have planned out the composition, we can now actually start painting. But before we do so, let's first talk about the second basic component of abstract painting, color. So just like we did it with the composition of the painting, when we sketched and blend it out, we will do the same with the colors. So we will not just for all loads of random colors into the painting, well, at least not in this class. Instead, we are going to really think through the color palette. I know sometimes choosing the color palette for the artwork can be really tricky. And it can be a lot of pressure to, because the colors hold big part of influence on the painting. In this class, we will try to keep it simple. For that. Let's go back to when we talked about inspiration and the idea that we want to put into the abstract painting. So as you are searching for inspiration, you probably have found the colors you want to use. It could be some artists work that really resonated with you. Or the interior for the URL, want to create this painting, or even your favorite color itself would be a perfect source of inspiration. In case if you struggled with search or full-color painting, you can use color blends generators, which will help you to find inspiration and to discover complimentary colors that you want to use in your painting. Now we can mix the colors. This is going to be our final step, is incenting the gullible it. And as you mix the band, you make sure that the color work perfectly together to create. You aren't harmonious abstract painting. As I'm creating my bending for a certain setting, I have found my inspiration in the interior design. So as a composition, I chose family and harmonious, and so circles. And now I've decided on the color palette that will resonate with it. So I'm gonna go with the most diverse and brown colors. As I'm mixing those colors. Make sure that they combine nicely together. And I also decide on which color belongs to which shape. 8. Abstract Painting Texture: So far, we have developed the composition and the color palette for our geometric abstract painting. Now we can finally talk about the texture of the artwork. By building texture, you can create rich and interesting abstract paintings that will really stand out. There are various ways to create texture in an abstract painting. It all depends on the medium you're using and also the kind of texture you want to achieve. You can use special modeling phase or several layers of saw. Then the simplest way to build texture for abstract painting is to apply the paint thickly. You can do so by using the painting or a palette knife. Or you can simply apply the bands in several layers. That intentional lack of texture can also be a Satan in your abstract painting. So whatever to actually you decide to use or nano texture, it'll keep in mind how it will work in combination with the composition and the colors of your painting. That's why I chose acrylics as the medium for this class. The much more easier to give this painting for that. And somehow, I feel we are ready to finally start creating our geometric abstract painting. So grab your Ghana's and brushes, and I will see you in the next lesson. 9. Adding Colors: Welcome to the final stage of our painting process. So far, we have assemblage, decomposition, colors, and texture of abstract painting. And now all that's left for us to do here is to combine all of those elements together into one beautiful abstract painting. This final stage of the painting is probably the easiest one of all. As we have already made the most of the decisions of how our abstract painting will look like. We know which colors and shapes to use, what we put into them. So what I'm gonna do in this lesson is L simply feel in the shapes I've sketched out with the colors I chose before. Finally, I will add neutral background color for more than one is and coherent MOOC. And this will be it. I invite you to follow my lead. Do the same with your painting and add colors to your geometric shapes as well. And once you finished layering final colors to your abstract painting, you can find out the injure the results of your creative work. I will see you in the final lesson only class. To teach the ad. The final score. Hi. 10. Final Thoughts: Congrats on completing this class. Together we have discovered the beauty of abstract geometric art. He had learned about the compensation colors and texture of abstract paintings and how they help you to create abstract artworks. We have looked into various sources of inspiration and ideas for abstract art. And finally, you have learned to plan out the geometric painting and created it from scratch. I hope you had fun creating this painting and you will enjoy it for many years. And finally, as always, I want to encourage you to share your bending here and on your social media. Thank you so much for joining us in this class and we will see you next time. 11. More Classes!: I hope you had fun discovering more about abstract art and create an elite with us today. In guess if you're eager to create even more abstract paintings or you are curious about trying out new medium. I invite you to have a look at my abstract oil painting classes. There are even more fun classes to come. So make sure to follow me here and on my social media so you won't miss any of my upcoming classes. You can also join me on Patreon, their creative folks to support each other. Then you can make a small pledge and as a reward, you will get all the insides. Look at my upcoming paintings classes and other projects, monthly, free access to my art classes, and even three paintings and discounts. This class is dedicated to my lovely patrons who helped make this class possible. Your other best.