In a series of fun, collaborative, acrylic painting workshops using colour, you will explore how to create unanticipated compositions with unexpected meaning. Simple drawing games will introduce techniques to empty the mind and reveal your existing visual language, which can be understood as "things" and "symbols". These "objects" will be used to begin each of the proceeding exercises that accommodate both the figurative and abstract painter. These exercises include: understanding the power of tone, understanding the power of cool and warm, and understanding the power of a personal colour language.
Each collaborative exercise is supported by your tutor and uses a limited colour palette to reveal your natural perception of colour and expose your tendencies towards preferencing colour combinations, techniques and mark-making, which your tutor can either support you to enhance or challenge. Drawing on your individual level of skill and experience, the exercises will build confidence to paint playfully and allow for unmediated exchanges between painting styles and co-authoring across artists. Each daily session will end with two exercises led by your tutor to assist in developing the ‘power of elimination’ and the ‘power of critique’ to playfully learn skills to select work and gauge how your paintings are embedded with meaning. Building on these exercises, you will develop a final composition with the choice to work individually or collaboratively.
By the completion of the course, you will be able to choose from a selection of paintings to take with you as resources to develop further. In a relaxed manner, you will have acquired new painting skills related to transparency, blending and mark-making whilst discovering new methods of making unselfconscious imagery.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
- On this course, the tutor will supply some of the materials, including a variety of different sized brushes and containers.
- On this course, the College will supply most of the materials, including paper (300gsm cartridge A1), acrylic paint and medium and charcoal (for drawing).
What students need to bring
- Different sized brushes (your tutor recommends flat size 3 or 4)
- Disposable palettes
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- The shop stocks a good variety of art materials, including acrylic paints, brushes and disposable palettes.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).