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We regularly host workshops to introduce students to new techniques and materials. Workshops typically meet on one day for around 3 hours. Workshops are designed to introduce new processes and challenge students to approach art in a different way and get outside their comfort zone.


Upcoming workshops:
Cut, Paste, Create: A Paper Collage Workshop
Saturday, June 15th, 2024


Expressive Abstractions
Saturday, July 13th, 2024


Upcoming Workshops

Cut, Paste, Create:
A Paper Collage Workshop

Instructor: Melina Steiner

Saturday, June 15th, 2024, 11am-2pm

For Beginner and Intermediate students

In this Paper Collage Workshop, we'll dive into the world of collage art, crafting unique pieces with paper and fabric as our primary mediums. Through exploration and experimentation, participants will discover a variety of techniques and approaches, drawing inspiration from different examples. During our time together, participants will have the option to focus solely on paper collage or to combine it with drawing and painting. Throughout the workshop, we'll nurture both imaginative and exploratory methods in collage-making, encouraging participants to push the boundaries of their creativity while refining their skills in composition and design. From spontaneous compositions to more detailed and refined pieces, each participant will have the opportunity to develop their unique collage style. By the end of the workshop, participants will not only have created captivating collage artworks but will also have gained a deeper understanding of the craft. Let's Cut, Paste, Create together!

Materials will be provided, but we encourage participants to bring old books with many images or magazines that they can use during the workshop.

When: Saturday June 15th, from 11am-2pm

Where: AB Art Studios, Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna

Price: €50 + €15 materials fee, €65 total

Collage Workshop

Expressive Abstractions

Instructor: Melina Steiner

Saturday, July 13th, 2024, 11am-2pm

For Beginner and Intermediate students

In this painting workshop, participants will immerse themselves in the dynamic world of abstract painting, exploring the expressive potential of color, form, and gesture. Through guided exercises and hands-on experimentation, participants will learn some of the techniques and principles of abstract expressionism, drawing inspiration from the works of renowned artists such as Willem de Kooning, and Joan Mitchell.


Throughout the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work with a variety of materials, including acrylics, oils, and mixed media, as they explore different approaches to mark-making, layering, and composition. From bold, gestural brushstrokes to subtle textures and washes, participants will discover their unique artistic voice and develop their personal style. The workshop will encourage spontaneity, intuition, and emotional expression, inviting participants to tap into their inner creativity and embrace the freedom of abstract painting.


Whether beginners or experienced artists, participants will receive individualized guidance and feedback, fostering growth and exploration in a supportive and inspiring environment. By the end of the workshop, participants will not only have created captivating abstract artworks but will also have gained a deeper understanding of the abstract expressionist movement and its relevance in contemporary art.

When: Saturday June 15th, from 11am-2pm

Where: AB Art Studios, Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna

Price: €50 + €15 materials fee, €65 total

Abstract painting workshop

Past Workshops

Speed Painting: 
Freeing your Approach

Abby Brown

Saturday, May 6th

This workshop is designed to help students to disinhibit their approach to painting. Often, the more time we have to work on a painting, the more we can fall into perfectionistic tendencies, which can block us creatively. By setting time limits to painting during this workshop, you will be challenged to ignore the details and not stress about small “imperfections”. Instead, this approach will require you to prioritize and focus on the essence of your subject matter, focusing on the big picture and the most important parts of your composition, while letting the rest remain minimalist and gestural. 


Often, this time restriction can lead to some of the most expressive and confident paintings, with bold brush strokes and creative experimentation. Not only are the results of speed paintings often valuable in their own right, but this is also excellent practice for the first layers of a more developed painting, as an overly careful and precise underpainting can actually inhibit more expressive and free approaches as the painting develops. 


In this workshop, we will complete a number of quick paintings, ranging in time from 5 to 45 minutes in length. We will also experiment with various surfaces and materials, from cardboard to unstretched canvas. We will mostly use acrylic paint for these paintings, as it will be easier to work with than oil paints with the short time-frame for each painting. 


There will be demonstrations and one-on-one feedback from the instructor throughout the workshop.

When: Saturday May 6th, from 11am-2pm

Where: AB Art Studios, Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna

Price: €45 + €15 materials fee, €60 total

Speed Painting

Outdoor Drawing


Abby Brown
Patrick Loan

Saturday, September 17th


Join us for outdoor drawing in Vienna! We will gather in Augarten in Vienna to explore outdoor drawing, where we can combine architectural elements together with landscape drawing. Points of emphasis will include landscape composition, perspective, depth, and mark making.  


Abby Brown and Patrick Loan will both be present as instructors to demonstrate various approaches to outdoor drawing. The session will start with 30-45 minutes of warm ups and experimental approaches, and then we will move into 1-2 more developed drawings for the remaining time. 


You should bring:

  • Drawing materials: Sketchbook (A3 size recommended), pencil set, erasers, etc. 

  • Portable chair or picnic blanket (we will be in a lawn area)

  • Drinks and snacks recommended to stay hydrated


When: Saturday, September 17th, 11am-1:30pm

Price:  €30 workshop fee

Where: We will meet around the trees in front of the Tower. Click Here for the exact location on google maps


Since this is an outdoor event, if there is rainy weather we will unfortunately need to postpone the session. Please be sure to register for this workshop to be on the email list for any updates in case of bad weather, and keep an eye on your email inbox.

Outdoor Drawing

Figure Drawing: 
Anatomy of the Figure

Abby Brown
Saturday, November 5th

Figure drawing is an essential part of many artist's practice, and excellent drawing practice whether you want to focus on figurative art or not. There will be a nude life model and this workshop will teach all the essentials of how to approach drawing the figure. There will be demonstrations throughout the workshop to explain different approaches, including quick and expressive gestural drawings, and more accurate measured approaches. We will start with a series of short poses and spend about the last half of the workshop on a longer pose so students have time to create a more refined drawing. 

This workshop will focus on accuracy and realism when working with the human figure. We will start the workshop by discussing a very simplified skeletal system and which reference points are important for artists to know, and how they affect the movement and shape of the body. We will then apply this knowledge to drawing from the model, building the form from simplified building blocks. This practice is essential to artists who want to have accurate figure drawings where the figure feels solid and believable.

There will be one-on-one feedback throughout, and demonstrations by the instructor. 

When: Saturday October 8th, from 11am-2pm

Where: AB Art Studios, Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna

Price: €60 total (€45 + €15 materials* and model fee)

FD: Anatomy



Patrick Loan
Saturday, November 19th

This one-day workshop will focus on the basic printmaking technique of mono printing. The ‘low-tech’ nature of mono-printing makes it not only one of the most accessible methods of printmaking but also one of the most creative. This is an exciting and experimental workshop designed to either develop and inform your current art practice or provide a starting point for complete beginners.

This three-hour workshop will introduce students to the wonderfully simple printing technique of mono printing - one of the simplest printing methods, and once everything is set up, one of the quickest. You will be shown how to create mono-prints using the methods of drawing with a mark-making implement, such as a pen or pencil, and the impression technique (applying pressure on the paper to create a print). Mono printing onto different surfaces like newspaper pages, magazine photos or cardboard will be shown, and we will explore textures and different ways of mark making to create interesting prints.  A range of methods to color your prints will also be demonstrated to show how you can make incredibly attractive prints. 

Explore the wonderful world of mono printing to create some great images! By the end of the workshop you will have finished a number of mono-prints and will be informed and confident to continue making your own mono-prints at home.


When: Saturday, November 19th, from 11am-2pm

Where: AB Art Studios, Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna

Price: €45 + €10 materials fee, €55 total


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Life study 01 graphite and oil pastels.jpg

Figure Drawing: 
Experimental Approaches

Abby Brown
Saturday, December 10th


Free up the way you approach drawing in this experimental life drawing workshop.  In this workshop, we will be working with the nude life model, and creativity and expression is prioritized over accuracy. This makes this workshop great for beginners to approach the life model in a low pressure environment emphasizing experimentation, and also provides a challenge to more experienced artists to break out of their usual approaches and engage with new processes. 


You will use a range of materials to encourage you to respond to drawing in new and non-traditional ways and try out new and interesting mark making processes. We will focus mostly on quick gestural poses for the first half of the workshop, and then move on to mid-length or longer poses. 


There will be demonstrations and one-on-one feedback from the instructor throughout the workshop. Each student will finish the workshop with a collection of new drawings.

Space is limited to 8 participants, so please register for the workshop right away to reserve your spot! 


When: Saturday October 8th, from 11am-2pm

Where: AB Art Studios, Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna

Price: €45 + €15 materials* and model fee, €60 total

*It is recommended to bring your own A3 size sketchbook, though drawing paper is available.

Figure Experimental

Studio policy for refunds and and cancelations:

For workshops, to reserve you place you must register and send confirmation of payment in advance. The course fee is fully refundable up to 2 weeks before the workshop, and a 50% refund is available up to 1 week before the workshop. If you cancel your spot within one week of the workshop, a refund is only possible if someone from the waitlist can take your spot. You are also welcome to give your spot to someone else. Workshops that are canceled by the instructor will be refunded.

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