Online – Abstract Figurative Workshop



Online Abstract Figurative Workshop

with Robert Burridge

September 27 – 29, 2024 | Friday – Sunday | 9 am – 4 pm CA time

  • Medium – Acrylic
  • Materials List – Click the Materials List tab above
  • Registration – Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Location/Time – Online via Zoom. You can check your time zone difference at where you can enter your city & state and CA.

This workshop pushes you out of your safe zone and into a brand new, looser, abstract direction drawing and painting the contemporary nude. You will learn expressive painting techniques for the modern painter. If you ever wanted to learn how to paint the freestyle abstract figure, this workshop is for you. Color is explained and explored. You will learn the 12 Design Compositions for a successful painting. Your “drawing the nude” skills are not a prerequisite.

The second day of the workshop will include working directly with the live model in a variety of undraped, partially draped and nude poses. You will do lots of paint sketching, gestural drawing and finger painting techniques.

The third day – be prepared to paint looser, bolder, freer, lighter and more intuitively. The model will transform into one of Burridge’s “Lounge Ladies” with imaginative sets and playful costumes!

There is plenty of time for action-filled painting exercises, demos and personalized attention in the form of critiques and comments. All water soluble paints are welcomed. Materials list provided on this page – click the Materials List tab above. PDF handouts will be provided.

Live modeling via Zoom with Pash

Live modeling via Zoom with Pash

Note: This course will be delivered via Zoom online meeting platform. You will receive Zoom meeting invitations for each day.  If you don’t receive the email with the Zoom links, please contact Kate Burridge either via email at or text her at 805-459-1503 (text only – do not call.)

Kate will be assisting Bob in his studio, monitoring questions as the demonstrations and live model sessions are taking place.

There will be ample individual attention consisting of daily critiques and comments from Bob. Students have the option of listening in to these individual critique sessions while they paint or just painting on their own.

Registrants will receive a more detailed daily schedule closer to the workshop with individual meetings scheduled with each student.

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Robert Burridge

Robert Burridge

In 1985 Robert Burridge turned his passion into his second career. He retired from industrial design and became a full time, contemporary fine art painter, moved to California’s Central Coast and prepared to paint the rest of his life. Today, besides painting, he is an invited juror for international art shows, a college and national painting workshop instructor, and teachs a fine art mentor program in central France. Recently selected as the Honorary President of the International Society of Acrylic Painters, he holds a signature membership with them and with the Philadelphia Watercolor Society.

His original paintings can be seen in six international galleries, on Starbucks Coffee mugs, Pearl Vodka bottles, eight tapestries and on fine art edition prints in upscale retail stores and cruise ships.

His work has received lifetime honors, including The Franklin Mint Award and recently the Philadelphia Watercolor Society’s prestigious Crest Medal Award for achievement in the arts previously awarded to Pablo Picasso, John Singer Sargent and Georgia O’Keeffe.

It is said, “Your heart doesn’t know how old you are.” For me, it’s true. Painting everyday in my small studio overlooking the Pacific Ocean, I feel like a kid again playing with color, design, paint and canvas, which reminds me of the saying, “It’s never too late to be what you always should have been.” Follow your bliss!

Materials List:

  • Paints
    Any professional-grade acrylic paint (no cheap, student grade paints). Your choice of colors. I will be painting with Holbein Artist Acrylic paint – colors to match my Goof-Proof Color Wheel, plus black and white. •Pyrrole Red Light •Marigold •Luminous Opera •Hansa Yellow •Cad Green Deep •Compose Blue #1 •Titanium White •Ultramarine Deep •Lamp Black •Primary Magenta Note: “Color Comparison Chart” available on my website.
  • Brushes
    Acrylic/synthetic combos, 1” Flat or Round. Several 2” cheap chip bristle brushes. (hardware store) NO FOAM BRUSHES.
  • For cleaning brushes
    Murphys Oil Soap, “Original Formula.” (grocery & hardware stores) Clean your brushes at the end of the day. 
  • Surfaces (all days)
    Per day you may need up to 2 Full Sheets of 140 lb. or 300 lb. CP watercolor paper, pre-gessoed (thin layer of acrylic gesso – brush or trowel on one side only, let dry) Brushmark texture is okay; do not sand smooth. Bob recommends Cheap Joe’s Kilimanjaro 140 lb. or 300 lb. CP. Optional: Small pre-gessoed canvases – as many per day as you want. (should fit on your painting table)
  • Sketch pads
    Any Watercolor Sketch Pad, 18”x24” or smaller. Bob will use a variety of drawing papers and Fabriano Studio Watercolor Pads 140 lb HP. 
  • Any drawing tools are encouraged
    Such as soft charcoal, a few white pastels and black Derwent Water Soluble Drawing Pencils 
  • Gesso
    One pint of thick white professional acrylic gesso. Bob uses Utrecht’s Professional Gesso —it’s thicker than most. Available from
  • Final Coat
    Water-based POLYMER VARNISH with UVLS for “sealing” all paintings – gloss, semi gloss or matte. Bob uses Minwax Polycrylic Water-Based from hardware store (You will use this after the workshop.)
  • Small water container
    Such as a 1 gallon plastic bucket or a low 10×10 inch tupperware-type container.
  • Table covering
    Clear, 4ml plastic sheet, precut to 4 ft x 8 ft. Tape down with strong tape. (not green or blue painters’ tape)
  • Roll of VIVA towels or similar
  • Isopropyl Rubbing alcohol
  • Hand Barrier cream or Nitrile gloves
  • Artist’s Sketchbook
    Maximum size 11×17, spiral bound for note taking.

Questions? Email Kate at


Updated 5/23

Cancellation Policy

Registration and Cancellation Policies


  • Each student must enroll individually.
  • Tuition must be paid in full upon registration.
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center at 928-282-3809, ext. 1.
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person at Sedona Arts Center during office hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before August 28, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after August 28, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Bob and Kate executed the virtual course so that each participant was able to clearly observe demos, see the model, and participate in the group. His demos were very helpful as was his overall advise and instruction to artists at all levels.

Bob presents ideas clearly, effectively demonstrates concepts, and does so with great zest and personal engagement. He is clearly talented and reflects a genuine concern and interest in his students.

Very clear teaching style, easy to understand, the lessons built upon one another in a logical way.

He is a really good teacher and also so kind, warm, and encouraging. It's also nice having Kate there running the technology aspects of the workshop, and fielding questions.

It was surprising to hear this was his first class via ZOOM. Went exceptionally well. Need to make sure everyone is running latest version of ZOOM.

I'd prefer being able to do this in person, but I can't think of anything they could do to make the online format better. They really have this worked out. Love having both the overhead camera and the front facing camera. Lighting and sound are good. I'm impressed.