Western Abstract Painting (Certificate)*


Western abstract painting is central to the development of Western Art in the 20th century. In this course, students will learn how to describe abstract painting and learn its role as an expression of power and wealth, alienation and destruction; and how the art form is pushed to its extreme. In the 21st century, abstraction opens up endless possibilities.

Course Available Dates and Timings*

Day of the Week Time Duration
Wednesday (January intake) 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Tuesday (July intake) 7.00pm to 10.00pm


  • 1 session per week per short course.
  • The above schedule is subject to final confirmation.

Western Abstract Painting 1 - Introduction to Modern Painting - Line and Shape (10 sessions x 3 hours)

This course will explain the visual characteristics of "modern" painting and how it demonstrates the abstract concepts (Space, Light, Reflections, Self, and Metaphysical). Practical exercises will concentrate on "line" and "shape" and how to use low and high key colour.

Western Abstract Painting 2 - The Transparent (10 sessions x 3 hours)

We will look at how artists begin to produce work that was so distinctive and different. Exercises will be given to practice line, form, shape, colour, tonal values and "transparency". Emphasis will be placed on an experimental and exploratory approach in the use of materials and production of work.

Western Abstract Painting 3 - The Opaque (10 sessions x 3 hours)

We will study how various concepts (Expressive, Imagination, Environmental, Science Fiction) inspire modern paintings. Practical work will concentrate on the use of the "opaque" and how space and composition have been resolved in modern work. The use of techniques and materials in a novel and unconventional way will be encouraged.

Western Abstract Painting 4 - Painting without Object (Mixed media) (10 sessions x 3 hours)

We will look at social backgrounds and changes that inspired artists to make "Modern Art". Application of experiments and explorations, with both materials and techniques, will help develop an understanding of the inter-actions between chance and control which drive the finished work.

Applicants must be 17 years old and above.

Prerequisites for registration of short courses

  • For Western Abstract Painting 2, applicants need to complete Western Abstract Painting 1 (within a year)
  • For Western Abstract Painting 3, applicants need to complete Western Abstract Painting 1 & 2 (within a year)
  • For Western Abstract Painting 4, applicants need to complete Western Abstract Painting 1, 2 & 3 (within a year)

Course Fees

Course Module Fees
Western Abstract 1 - Introduction to Modern Painting - Line and Shape S$620
Western Abstract 2 - The Transparent S$620
Western Abstract 3 - The Opaque S$620
Western Abstract 4 - Painting without Object (Mixed media) S$620

Applicants can sign up the above 4 short courses at a package price of S$1980.
(applicable only during registration)

Other Fees

Registration Fee (per application) S$32.10
Miscellaneous Fee (fee charged for Student card) S$16

All fees stated above include GST and exclude material costs.


SkillsFuture Credit
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website (www.skillsfuture.sg/credit) to choose from the courses available on the SkillsFuture Credit course directory.

National Silver Academy
Applicable to Singaporean seniors aged 50 and above who will receive a subsidy of 50% off the course fee (capped at $500 per course). Please note that the subsidy will only apply to the course fee and will not cover GST.
For more details, please refer to our website: http://www.nafa.edu.sg/courses/part-time/national-silver-academy-courses#CertificateCourses

Address (for payment via cheque)

Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the 'Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts' and send to:
80 Bencoolen Street (S) 189655. The student's name, NRIC/Passport number and contact number must be written on the reverse side of the cheque.

Refund of Fees

Withdrawal within 14 days before the commencement date of each short course Course fee will be refunded after deduction of S$107 as administrative charges.
Withdrawal on or after commencement date
No refunds will be given.

Cancellation/ Postponement

  • NAFA reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course without prior notice.
    In the event that the class is unable to proceed due to unforeseen circumstances, NAFA will process a full refund of the course fees.

Withdrawal/ Deferment/ Transfer

  • Withdrawal or deferment requests should be made in writing with supporting relevant documents (if any) to Continuing Education. Request for deferment is subject to approval.
  • No deferment is allowed after the 2nd lesson of each short course.
  • No transfer of course upon registration.

Replacement of Classes

  • There is strictly no replacement lesson should the participant absent himself/herself from the course.

The Academy reserves the rights to alter the rules & regulations, course contents, class schedule and fee structures without prior notice.

Part Time Certificate courses (January 2018 Intake) will be commencing on the week of 2 January 2018.

The enrolment for January 2018 intake has ended.

The next intake will commence in July 2018, and enrolment will be in May 2018.

For further enquiries, please contact us at Tel: 6512 1388 or email: [email protected]

The Academy reserves the rights to alter the rules & regulations, course contents, class schedule and fee structures without prior notice.


Make an Enquiry

Tel: 6512 1388

Please write to us at:
[email protected]