Learn How to Fuse Abstraction and Realism in This Online Painting Class

Dimitra Milan Online Art Class

Referring to artwork as “abstract realism” might seem like an oxymoron, but not when you take a look at the gorgeous paintings by Dimitra Milan. Her works feature elements of free-flowing color and texture that are fused with subject matter drawn in a realistic style. Now, Milan is sharing her process with you in a new online class on My Modern Met Academy. Called Abstract Realism: Introduction to Mixed Media Painting, the course will teach you the techniques you need to know in order to create your own piece of abstract realist art.

The intermediate-level course is now available for pre-order when it launches on May 15, 2022. By buying the class early, you can save 10%. Just used the code mixedmedia10 at checkout. When the course goes live on May 15, it will automatically be available for you to watch on-demand.

So, what will you learn from Abstract Realism? You’ll begin by creating your background using inks. This abstract element will form the basis of your painting. Moving on from there, Milan will give you tips on conveying your subject and how to sketch it; your drawing can be an animal, a flower, or whatever else you choose. (Milan draws a fox.) Once the sketch is done, she’ll teach you how, using acrylics, you’ll make the subject come to life against the background.

It takes work in achieving such harmony, and Milan is the perfect instructor to lead you through it. She has been a professional artist since she was a teenager, and she’s worked for many years to cultivate this style. “I created this course to help artists a new way of painting by working in layers and using a variety of mixed media materials,” she says. “This is a super fun and expressive process. Combining abstraction with realism can seem tricky, but after taking this class you will feel empowered to paint anything you set your mind to.”

Excited to give it a try? Purchase the class now (as of publication date) and save 10% with the code mixedmedia10. Come May 15, 2022, you’ll have the class available to view and start your journey to abstract realism.

Learn how to fuse realism with abstraction when you enroll in the class Abstract Realism: Introduction to Mixed Media Painting on My Modern Met Academy. Buy the class during our pre-sale period and save 10% with the code mixedmedia10 at checkout.

Dimitra Milan Online Art Class

You'll begin by creating an abstract background using inks.

Dimitra Milan Online Art Class

Then you'll sketch your subject (Milan chose a fox) and use acrylic paints to create harmony between your realism and abstraction.

Dimitra Milan Online Art Class

When you're done, you'll have created your own work of art!

Abstract Realism Painting of a Fox

Get a peek into the course below. Remember, you can purchase this class for presale (before May 15, 2022) and save 10% with the code mixedmedia10.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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