Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting

With instructor David M. Kessler

abstract painting workshop

Monday, March 20 - Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9 am to 4 pm

Arts Center; Signup by February 20, 2017

Members $360; non-members $395

Download materials list for David M. Kessler’s workshop by clicking here

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint with more Freedom? Be more Spontaneous, more expressive?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then David M. Kessler’s Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting workshop is for you!

“Lafayette Bleu”-David M. Kessler

Kessler will teach you how to do all of these things while understanding there should also be a firm foundation of structure for paintings using line, shape, value, color and texture.

This workshop is not only about painting abstract compositions, but also about learning to loosen-up and paint more freely. All who attend will be able to apply these lessons to their own style of painting in their studios.

This workshop is non-media specific, and artists who use watercolor, acrylic, pastel and oil are welcome.

Each class period includes instructor discussion, an instructor painting demonstration, student painting time and critiques of student work.

“Azalea”-David M. Kessler


As a child Kessler’s artistic endeavors consisted of drawing and crafting three dimensional objects out of found materials, usually cardboard and tape. His natural drawing ability was honed during his teen years and his affinity for design was developed during his time studying architecture at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, NC, where he obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

After thirty years of architectural practice Kessler retired to paint and teach workshops, as he enjoys passing along to others what he has learned in nearly 25 years as a painter.

Kessler came late to painting, not picking up a brush until 1991 when he was 31 years old. One day he saw some watercolor paintings in an exhibition and decided he wanted to learn to paint with watercolors, so he began taking classes, going to workshops, and intensely studying to hone his craft.

"Calypso"-David Kessler
“Calypso”-David M. Kessler


Over the years Kessler’s work, which was always expressive and not meant to be realistic, became more abstract in shape and value. Sensing he was on the verge of a major shift, combined with the desire to have his work shown in galleries, he turned to painting with acrylics on canvas. As one of his collectors recalls, “David and acrylics began to date and quickly fell in love.”

When not in the studio Kessler can usually be found riding his bike in a charity event or on the local mountain bike trails, fishing at a farm pond, relaxing at the beach or spending time in the outdoors enjoying the beauty of the natural environment, which always seems to inspire his work and refresh his soul.

Kessler teaches abstract painting workshops where he encourages students to “Loosen-Up” their painting style. His bold, energetic and colorful works can be found in corporate and institutional collections in North Carolina and private collections in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Kessler works out of his studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. More information about David M. Kessler and his work can be found on his website,, and he can be reached by email or phone 336-418-3038.

"Alive-Again"-David Kessler
“Alive-Again”-David M. Kessler



Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policy

Register at Gualala Arts Center, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm or call (707) 884-1138.     We accept Visa and Mastercard. Out of town workshop participants: see our Visitor Information page, including lodgings & restaurants.

If you would like to receive monthly workshop email announcements, please go to our website, Go to the left menu and click “Email sign up.” After signing in with your current email address, instructions will be mailed to you for updating your email choices. Class must be paid in full at registration. Payments can be refunded (minus a $25 non-refundable fee) until the “register by” date; after that date, no refunds. Classes are filled on a first come first served basis until all spaces are filled. All classes are subject to minimum and maximum enrollment. If the class does not fill, you will receive a full refund. Please check that your class has filled before the first meeting date.