Connected Art Workshop: Abstract Acrylic Painting

Saturday, May 30
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Virtual, Charlotte area residents
Registration closed

Charlotte-based artist Laurie Smithwick will teach you to paint a simple abstract composition using only palette knives. You’ll learn the basics of defining a color palette, mixing acrylic paint, and applying paint to the canvas with a few different techniques. By the end of the class, you’ll know how abstract art differs from random splashes of paint and have an abstract work of your own.

Tickets are $70 for members and $75 for non-members, per participant, including art box supplies and delivery within Mecklenburg County. Registration ends Friday, May 29, at 10:00 a.m. For residents of other counties or states, an additional $15 delivery fee will be added and the registration deadline is one week before the workshop (to ensure art box delivery).

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About Connected Art Workshops

Make artistic connections and expand your creativity from home. McColl Center’s Connected Art Workshops are taught live online by Charlotte-based artists.


Q: Where do I have to be to access Connected Art workshops?  

A: Anywhere you have a strong Wi-Fi or data connection. The comfort of your home is the perfect place to be. We recommend setting up at a desk, the kitchen table, or the floor so you have space to spread out and be creative.

Q: How interactive will the workshop be?  

A: As interactive as you want it to be. The workshop will happen live via a web platform, and you’re encouraged to share video as you’re working, be social, and ask questions. If you prefer to leave your camera off and work on your own, that’s totally fine too. 

Q: What software do I need to download?  

A: All you have to do is click the workshop link (listed as meeting link) in the email. You’ll be prompted to download and install the video launcher and you’ll be all set. We recommend joining the meeting about 5 minutes early so you can turn on your webcam and microphone too. If you’re joining the workshop on your phone, you can use the platform’s app. You can find information on joining specific to your device here. We’ll send the meeting link to you via email when you purchase the workshop. 

Q: Is there any other way I can support artists at McColl Center?  

A: Yes! If you want to support stipends and emergency travel for the artists-in-residence, contracts for teaching artists, and wages for hourly staff, you can make a gift directly to us at Your gift—large or small— is appreciated and extremely helpful to continue our mission to champion artists and spark creativity.