Certificate in Western Abstract Painting (Basic)

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This course will expose learners to ways of describing abstract painting. It will expand their ideas around abstraction in art through hands-on exploration of historical and contemporary materials and techniques. Learners will enhance their observational skills, using the idea of perception as a departure point for visual enquiry. They will explore the changing roles of abstraction in contemporary practice, its processes, and its relationship to figuration through a series of guided studio experiments. The lessons are structured to help learners develop their own practice and vision.

Terms and Conditions

Learners will be presented a Certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Class Schedule*

July 2020 Intake

Day of the Week Time Duration
Every Tuesday & Wednesday 7.00pm to 10.00pm

September 2020 Intake

No intake for September 2020.


  • Classes are held twice a week.
  • The above schedules are subjected to final confirmation.

Module 1 - Line and Shape (8 sessions x 3 hours)

This module describes the visual characteristics of “modern” painting and demonstrates abstract concepts (light, space, reflection, self and the metaphysical). The emphasis is to look at painting as a means of articulating form and to equip learners with essential tools for building an image. Practical exercises will focus on “line” and “shape”, and techniques in the application of low key and high key colour.

Module 2 - Colour Layering (Transparency) (8 sessions x 3 hours)

This module examines how artists produce works that are distinctive and unique. Learners will practise line, form, shape, colour, tonal values and ‘transparency’ through various exercises. Emphasis will be placed on an experimental and exploratory approach in the use of materials and production of work. Throughout the lessons, learners will explore colour, colour mixing, the relationship between form and colour, and the spatial effects of colours. Aspects of colour science will be woven with colour practice, helping learners to understand the many aspects of colour and to develop colour skills in their individual artistic practice.

Applicants must be 17 years old and above.

Course Fees

  Fees Fees (After NSA subsidies)
Certificate in Western Abstract Painting (Basic) S$820 S$436.82

Other Fees

Registration Fee S$48.10

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 Training Exchange 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.

Union Training Assistance Programme
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Terms and conditions apply.

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 course commencement date Course fee^ will be refunded after deduction of S$107.00 as administrative charges.
Withdrawal on or after course commencement date
No refund will be given.
^Registration fees and miscellaneous fees are non-refundable.

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 Centre for Lifelong Education. Request for deferment is subject to approval.
  • No deferment is allowed once the course has commenced.
  • 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 right to alter the rules and regulations, course contents, class schedule and fee structures without prior notice.

July 2020 Intake
Online Registration: 4 May - 12 June 2020 (Extended!) | Please email: [email protected] for registration link
Study Period: 13 July - 20 September 2020 (Revised)

September 2020 Intake
Online Registration:13 July - 7 August 2020 | Registration link will be available on 13 July 2020
Study Period: 21 September - 29 November 2020 (Revised)

Apply with 1 passport size photo and original NRIC/Passport.
Due to limited places, applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

For enquiries, please email or call CLE at: [email protected] | 6512 2243/4214/4216/5783

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


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