Abstract painting

Vail Valley Art Guild offers abstract painting workshop

Dore will guide students in creating an abstract portrait of Colorado.
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The Vail Valley Art Guild is sponsoring an abstract painting workshop with Denver Art Students League artist Christian Dore. The one-day, two-part workshop is for all levels of artists.

The workshop will take place at Colorado Mountain College on Friday, May 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop costs $125 for Guild members and $145 for non-members. Register online at VailValleyArtGuildCo.org or VVAGco.org.

Abstract Colorado Workshop

The first half of the workshop explains Colorado’s drawing process with a unique and somewhat structured technique. This part is designed for avid sketchers and beginners to express their own style while learning valuable drawing skills. Students will create various works and learn skills that will help build a strong sketchbook portfolio.



In the second half of this workshop, using acrylic paints, students will go through each stage of painting from start to finish to create an abstract portrait of Colorado, integrating nature into their own distinctive style.

About the instructor

Born in Kent, England, Christian Dore spent most of his childhood abroad. At the age of 13, he returned home to settle in the small village of Shorene. At 18, he was accepted at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, then continued his studies at the prestigious Bournemouthe and Poole College of Art.



His career began as a motion graphic artist for the BBC as well as MTV and Nickelodeon. After accepting a designer job in Colorado and settling in the Colorado foothills, it was here that his works flourished and evolved into works in private collections around the world.

Dore’s work explores impressions of the lush environment around him. He takes the expressive qualities of color and mixes them with a somewhat whimsical narrative to capture his feelings. Dore’s flurry of abstract forms is by no means frenetic, and each painting manages to convey a serene moment in time, a quiet calm.