This two day course instructed by renowned abstract painter Barry Rafuse, is designed for artists wishing to explore painting in abstraction. Participants will be encouraged to combine art materials (mixed media) and to experiment - always for the purpose of producing "surprises". Artists will be encouraged to approach their paintings loosely and playfully. This will be an opportunity to paint without rules and restrictions and to explore. Splattering, scratching and smearing could be a good thing! It will be a time to relax and have fun while at the same time seriously work toward completing a strong painting. Demonstrations will be given will be offered throughout the weekend. Suitable for artists of all levels however some experience would certainly be an advantage.