Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshops

Have you ever wondered how to Loosen-Up your painting style? Paint Fresher paintings? Be more Spontaneous? Be more Expressive? Paint Bigger paintings? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, then my "Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser" Abstract Painting Workshops are for you! I will teach you how to do each of these realizing there should also be a firm foundation of structure for your paintings using shape, value, color, edges and center of interest. These workshops are not media specific. All who utilize watercolor, acrylic, pastel, oil or mixed media are welcome. Click the Button below to download the Abstract Workshop Materials List to see what you will need for the workshop.

For those of you looking for a list of artist materials and where to buy them Click the Button below for the Art Materials Resource List

For those interested in the paint colors and brands that David uses Click the Button below for David's Color Palette.

David is Currently Booking Workshops for 2018
If you are ready to move beyond realism to create work that is loose, colorful, fresh and emotionally expressive please contact me so that we can book a workshop in your area. If your art group is interested in booking a workshop please contact David by email for more information: 

What To Do If You Are Interested In Registering For A Workshop
Select the workshop that you are interested in from the list below. Visit the website link listed or directly contact the person listed for each venue to find out more information or register for the workshop. David does not handle any registration for workshops, except as noted in the workshop list.

Workshops in David's Studio in 2017!
David is now conducting workshops in his studio in Winston-Salem, NC - In 2017 we have scheduled 4 studio workshops! The studio will hold a maximum of five students, so those who sign-up for these workshops will not only be provided with the intimate setting of David's studio, but will receive personalized one-on-one attention that cannot be obtained in a large-group workshop setting. Lunch is provided each day. You can find out more by Clicking the Button below.

What If You Cannot Attend a Live Workshop?
David has a series of online courses that are the next best thing to attending a live workshop. You can find out more about those courses by Clicking the Button below.

2017 Bigger, Faster, Fresher, Looser Abstract Painting Workshops

David, the workshop was wonderful! I learned a lot and I think the new information will help me to move forward. You are an excellent teacher! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and experience. Happy painting and safe travels.
— W. Yeagar

January 27-29, 2017 Winston-Salem, NC-FULL
Carolina Painter's Guild
Contact: David M. Kessler

Hi David, I feel great about what I learned in your workshop. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us and being so kind to me. The workshop was fun and HAPPY!
— S. Gur

February 3-5, 2017 Winston-Salem, NC-FULL
David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio
Contact: David
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The very first day and throughout the entire weekend I felt joyous. My heart was full and I enjoyed the energy you created in class. There were some moments when I was painting that I forgot about my cancer. I was living and you brought it out of me. In terms of your teaching style it is so amazing. You are positive and encouraging and really work hard to help us learn. You also don’t have the ego and heavy critical nature that I have experienced with some other instructors. You couple that with your talent and that is an effective winning combo to teach! The way you teach I learn! What a fun weekend. Thank you again. Can’t wait for your next workshop. You seriously rock!
— J. Pera

March 15-18, 2017 Fresno, CA
Fresno Art Hub
Contact: Diane Breuer

March 20-23, 2017 Gualala, CA
Gualala Arts Center
Contact: Lamar Van Gunten

April 3-5, 2017 Ocean City, MD
Art League of Ocean City
Contact: Katrin Huber

April 9-11, 2017 Chestertown, MD
Chestertown Riverarts
Contact: Andy Goddard

May 5-7, 2017 Winston-Salem, NC-Only 3 Seats Left!
David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio
Contact: David

May 20-21, 2017 Raleigh, NC
Anchorlight Raleigh
Contact: Monica Linares

Hi David, A Fast Loosey-Goosey email to say WOW! I enjoyed your class so much that I had to say thank you one more time. Being a beginner and not having much instruction besides YouTube, you were the perfect teacher for me because you pushed me out of my comfort zone and into the zone of painting fast without a lot of thinking. And thank you for sharing your knowledge so generously. I love your book and it has been so useful because it has basic, useful information. My favorite part of the class was watching your painting demonstrations. I was amazed at what you painted in ten minutes. What a Fine Artist you are! I love your painting style.
— B. Pursley

June 5-8, 2017 Lac Du Flambeau, WI
Dillman's Art Workshop Retreat
Contact: Stephanie

June 19-22, 2017 Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Cuyahoga Valley Art Center
Contact: Danielle Dieterich

July 10-14, 2017 Cloudcroft, NM
Cloudcroft Art Workshops
Contact: Linda Shiplett

July 28-30, 2017 Atlanta, GA
Binders Art
Contact: Preston Ferguson

August 7-9, 2017 Florence, AL
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
Contact: Christi Britten
Phone: 256-760-6381

August 10-12, 2017 Huntsville, AL
Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment
Contact: Marcia Freedland
Phone: 256-533-0399

August 18-20, 2017 Winston-Salem, NC
David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio
Contact: David
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September 11-14, 2017 Whidbey Island, WA
Pacific Northwest Art School
Contact: Lisa Bernhardt

David, I painted today for the first time in over a year (except for your workshop) and the credit goes to you. Thank you so much for your wonderful workshop which re-awakened my love of, and joy in color! My left brain appreciated how organized and well thought out all aspects of the workshop were. And my right brain loved the emphasis on spontaneity and without too much initial planning. In addition you are the only instructor in the many workshops I’ve attended over the years who discussed the business of art - again thank you.
— B. Hammond

October 13-15, 2017 New Braunfels, TX
New Braunfels Art League
Contact: Sandy Oberg

October 20-22, 2017 Lafayette, LA
Lafayette Art Association - Advanced Level Workshop
Contact: Susan Hamilton

November 2-4, 2017 Winston-Salem, NC
David M. Kessler Fine Art Mentorship Workshop - NEW
Contact: David
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November 7-9, 2017 Spring Island, SC
Spring Island
Contact: Pam Brickell

November 12, 2017 Raleigh, NC
Art of the Carolinas by Jerry's Artarama
Contact: Sharon DiGiulio

November 17-19, 2017 Huntersville, NC
Donna Downey Studio
Contact: Bill Downey