Certificate in Western Abstract Painting (Intermediate)


Western abstract painting is central to the development of art in the 20th century. By the 21st century, abstraction opened endless possibilities. In this course, learners will understand ways to describe abstract painting and its role as an expression of power and wealth, alienation and destruction. In this course, learners will develop abstract qualities within their creative practice through experimentation with painting and mixed media techniques. They will develop their own individual art practice and personal vision. Apart from art-making, learners will also receive guidance on how to organise exhibitions.


Terms and Conditions

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


Class Schedule*

January 2020 Intake

Day of the Week Time Duration
Tuesday 7.00pm to 10.00pm

July 2020 Intake

Schedule will be available in April 2020.


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

Module 1 - The Opaque (8 sessions x 3 hours)

This module provides various concepts that inspire modern paintings – expression, imagination, environment and science fiction. It imparts knowledge on the changing role of abstraction in contemporary practice, and its relationship to pictorial space and figuration. Learners will produce practical work that concentrates on the use of space and composition and the “opaque” that have been resolved in modern work. They will be encouraged to use techniques and materials in an innovative and unconventional way.

Module 2 - Painting without Objects (8 sessions x 3 hours)

This course equips learners with the knowledge of the social backgrounds and changes that inspire artists to produce “modern art”. Learners will apply their knowledge and skills in experiments and explorations with materials and techniques. This will help foster an understanding of the interaction between possibility and control. The emphasis will be on the development of ideas, preparation and process, using a variety of approaches and materials.

Applicants must be 17 years old and above.

Prerequisites for Registration of Course

For learners who have successfully completed Certificate in Western Abstract Painting (Basic).


Course Fees

  Fees Fees (After NSA subsidies)
Certificate in Western Abstract Painting (Intermediate) 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
Applicable to NTUC Union members who will enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year. Visit the NTUC website for more details.

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.

This course is offered by invitation only.
For enquiries, please email or call CLE at: [email protected] | 6512 1388 


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