Abstract Painting Academy is an online abstract painting workshop experience. It's the next best thing to one of David's live workshops.


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Have you ever wanted to move beyond painting realism to a more expressive way to paint - Like abstract painting?

Do you want to learn to loosen up your tight painting style and experiment with something new?

Do you want to stop painting.between.the.lines?


Hey, You Can! (and I'm here to help)


"Before I joined Abstract Painting Academy I had about 10 jars of paint out mixing, trying to match the colors in the photo reference and was getting frustrated. I'd already covered it up once. I started it again. I put 4 hours in it the first day and on the second day I had already put 2 more hours in it. I took a break and found Abstract Painting Academy through a Facebook ad and thought why not join. I watched the first videos and immediately reduced my paint selection from 10 to 4 colors. I basically had to repaint the whole painting, I was amazed. I finished the painting in 90 minutes. I couldn't believe my eyes. It was a million times better than the study I did. It doesn't even look like the same person painted it. I'm so thankful you made Abstract Painting Academy available. I know I'm going to be a better painter. Thank you again."

S. Wysocki

I want you to take a moment and imagine if you could...

Create beautiful, loose, colorful abstract paintings. Using large brushes and lots of thick, luscious, juicy color.

Stop copying photographs. Copying photographs contributes to your realistic painting approach.

Forget about using small brushes and worrying about nagging details. Using small brushes contributes to making small shapes and painting detail.

Get away from endless pre-planning. Painting spontaneously with no pre-planning gives you amazing freedom that you've never felt before.

You CAN do all these, and much more! How you ask...

Abstract Painting Academy

In Abstract Painting Academy you'll learn:

  • How to make fresh, beautiful, colorful abstract paintings

  • The Design Fundamentals you'll need to design more harmonious paintings

  • How to loosen up your painting style to create paintings from your heart, not your head

    I use these same strategies in my studio everyday, and they are the same strategies that I teach hundreds of students in live workshops across the US each year.
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Here's What's Included in the Course:

Module 1

In Module 1, you'll begin by learning how to Loosen Up and Let Go! Here you'll find the topics:

  • How to paint Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser
  • 20 Sure-Fire Ways to Loosen Up Your Painting Style
  • What materials to use to support your success as a loose painter
  • PDF Worksheet Downloads and Supply List
  • And much more

Module 2

In Module 2 you'll concentrate on Painting Design. You will receive in-depth training on the following 5 Design Fundamentals and how to implement them in your work:

  • Shape
  • Value
  • Color
  • Edges
  • Center of Interest
  • PDF Worksheet Downloads

Module 3

In Module 3 you will discover more than 10 different Alternate Methods for Composition Development including:

  • Using Words and  Intentions
  • The Value of Painting a Series
  • Using a Viewfinder to Isolate Abstract Compositions
  • PDF Worksheet Downloads
  • And Much More

Module 4

In Module 4 you will learn many Professional Practice / Art Business strategies that many instructors don't teach including:

  • How to Price Your Work
  • How to Create a Recognizable and Searchable Signature
  • How to Create a Consistent Body of Work
  • PDF Worksheet Downloads
  • And much more

Bonus 1

Additional Painting Demonstration from David

Students always wants to see another painting demonstration so David has included a bonus video of him painting in his studio. Watch as he selects his color palette, establishes a hierarchy for using the colors, mixes his paints and creates a beautiful painting with no pre-planning of the composition.

Bonus 2

A PDF Copy of David's book, "Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workbook"

David has included a PDF copy of his wildly popular book as a bonus for Abstract Painting Academy participants. This book is a companion to his Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser  Abstract Painting Workshops and to Abstract Painting Academy.

Bonus 3

6 Part Abstract Painting Process Demonstration from David

This special 6 part painting process shows you the exact process I use to develop every painting I do, from start to finish.

Bonus 4

Lifetime Access and FREE Updates to the Course

I provide updates, new information and added bonuses on a regular basis, so that you always have the most up to date information.

Bonus 5

A Community Page to Upload Your Paintings for Review

There is a Community Page as part of Abstract Painting Academy where you can upload all of your painting assignments for me to review. You get my personal attention and feedback on all of your work during the course.

"David, Thank you so much for your wonderful Abstract Painting Academy course which re-awakened my love of, and joy in color! My left brain appreciated how organized and well thought out all aspects of the course were. And my right brain loved the emphasis on spontaneity and working without too much initial planning. In addition you are the only instructor in the many workshops I have attended over the years who discussed the business of art - again thank you."

B. Hammond

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You can watch the course videos on any device: phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, or wifi enabled TV.This course is not media specific. All who paint in acrylic, oil, watercolor, mixed media and pastel are welcome.

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Abstract Painting Academy IS NOT for You if:

  • You are happy copying photographs and don't want to improve your work or try anything new.
  • If you like dull, lifeless, muddy earth tones in your work and see no reason to change.
  • Don't want to take your work to the next level.
  • Have no desire to try abstract painting.

"David, thank you for taking the time to make this online class possible. It's exactly what I need to motivate me to get out of my comfort zone and find more satisfaction in my work. LOVE Abstract Painting Academy!"

M. Schulte

Abstract Painting Academy IS for You if:

  • You want professional instruction to try a new way to paint, and improve your skills.
  • you appreciate real, actionable information that you can immediately put into use in your studio (no artsy-fartsy BS).
  • You want to paint fresh, colorful paintings full of life and energy that pop off the walls.
  • You appreciate clear, well organized, easy to understand, simple to implement instructions, procedures and techniques.
  • You don't have the ability or resources to travel to a live workshop.
  • You like to work at your own pace in the privacy of your home or studio.

You've got two choices here...

1. Stay where you are making dull, lifeless paintings that look like everyone else's. Trying to learn everything on your own, just like I did (which took me more than 10 years - just sayin').


2. Or you can take positive steps to move forward in your work by joining an organized program specifically designed to teach you how to paint abstract paintings, teach you the design fundamentals, and help you to loosen up your painting style. (And make massive progress in a few days or weeks)

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"Dear David , I completed Abstract Painting Academy about 2 weeks ago. I painted 7 big works after the course in the last 2 weeks . There is an astonishing change in the way I use colors now - it’s very visible. My paintings look fresher , bolder and very alive . Thank you so much ! I’m grateful to you. "

S. Tulpule

Frequently Asked Questions


Does Abstract Painting Academy take a long time to implement? (I'm busy) Hey, I understand, I'm busy too. I developed Abstract Painting Academy to save you time trying to earn it on your own. You can view the entire course in 2-3 days. The assignments will take a few days of studio time to complete.

Most importantly, you can work at your own pace. You will have access to the program for as long as you need it, so you can start and stop whenever is convenient for you. You can access it on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.

Will I get feedback on my painting assignments? Yes, there is a Community Page included in Abstract Painting Academy where you can upload all of your work from the painting assignments for review by David.

Do you offer a refund or guarantee? Absolutely. If you go through the videos and do the assignments implementing the strategies and don't see any improvement, then just email me and I'll provide a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

I'm traveling - Can I buy it now and watch it later? Of course. You can have access as long as you want it. The course is completely self-paced so that you can do as much or as little at a time as you like.

Can I just find this information free online? Is this the same information you have on your Youtube videos? My paid course material is different from what I share on Youtube. Plus, this information is organized into a specific program for you to get results as quickly as possible. Think of the time you'll save not having to search the internet for bits and pieces of unorganized information.

This course is a big investment for me, is it worth the price? The course is a big investment, but imagine how much time and money you could be wasting by NOT enrolling in the course! For most people, the course pays for itself. The content is the same as a five day workshop, but costs a lot less. Particularly if you consider the costs of travel and lodging to attend the workshop. Heck, you can take the workshop in your pajamas!

What if I'm new to painting? I can't think of a better way to begin your painting journey that learning the fundamentals to create a foundation for all of your future art making activities. You'll save years off your learning curve by starting here.

What if I'm an established painter. Will this course help me? Of course. If you want to learn to loosen up your painting style and feel the freedom that abstract painting can provide then you need to join.

Is this course media specific? Not at all. This course is about overall fundamentals that apply equally to any type of media or subject matter that you paint. I have students in the course that use oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and mixed media.

"David, I'm taking this opportunity to give you some feedback on Abstract Painting Academy. The course was wonderfully succinct and focused on exactly the right essentials for creating successful paintings. I am still trying to internalize all the lessons and make them more automatic but doing the course was the springboard I needed and I recall it in my mind frequently when I paint. Abstraction is exactly the painting language that suits my temperament and I am finally beginning to find my own voice as a painter and artist. There is a long way to go, I know, but thank you for providing this crucial stepping stone."

K. Clarke

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David M. Kessler is a nationally recognized art educator and contemporary abstract painter. He is the author of the book, "Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workbook", and founder of "Abstract Painting Academy".


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