Don Longo

THURSDAYS 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Session 1: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1

Session 2: 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26


class Description

This is a beginning class for those who are interested in exploring how to create an abstract painting.  We will use a variety of medium (acrylic paint, molding paste, string, tissue paper, newsprint, and pattern templates) to arrive at our final composition.  Individuality is a key component of this class as you will explore different ways to express yourself in an abstract painting.


Don Longo was born in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, within 5 miles of the Norman Rockwell studio. As often as possible, he would ride his bike to the studio and watch Rockwell paint. The realistic images of every day life inspired him to pursue his own artwork. At the age of ten, Don designed his grandmother's tombstone, and he knew then that art was going to be a major part of his life.

Don studied physical education and art in college, and he later pursued a Masters degree in physical education while still studying art.  He has coached physical education and taught art at Sherman high school, Irving high school and, during this time, received certification in Art Education from the University of North Texas.

Don has since taught art Tom all levels. He finds teaching introductory level art most rewarding, where students learn all the basics and he can see their talent and confidence grow.


One package of 5 canvas panels: 5” x 7” or 6” x 8”

Sketchbook: 9” x 12” 

Pencil and eraser

Paint palette: A larger palette is preferable over a small round palette. You can substitute a COOKIE SHEET for a palette. I will supply palette papers for the cookie sheet. This is a cheaper way to use a palette.

Synthetic paintbrushes for acrylic paint: sizes 2, 6, 8 and 12. They can be either round or flat.

Acrylic paint: I will provide some acrylic paint at the beginning of the class to get you started. However, if you have your own acrylic paint set, please bring it to the class. We will talk more about different types of acrylic paints during class time.

Paper towels and/or small towels: both for cleanup and tactile applications of paint.