Expressionism was a spiritual and art movement which happened in Europe at the transition between the 19th and the 20th century and covered all the European countries. It reached its climax in painting in Germany with its art groups called “The Bridge”and “The Blue rider”. France had its own version of expressionism – fauvism. This style rejcted naturalism and artists expressed their subjective vision of the world through the unnatural shapes and colours. In the USA, after the World War II, expressionism was reborn as an abstract expressionism. Inside this style there was a coulour field painting and gestural panting. Gestural painting got its version in the 80s in the art of American painter Jean Michel Basquiat. In my diploma I focused in detail on expressionism and abstract expressionism covering noticeable artists and their characteristic art works. I approached the expressionism through the combined painting art technique to the pupils of the 7 th grate.