Beginners started out with me Oct 2016, exploring landscape, using brush and knife and trying out different limited palettes. Painting a garden, and painting singular flowers. First introduction to painting a portrait, realistic portraits, Fauvist, colourful portraits.
Studying how to paint The Figure- realistic figures in proportion, simplifying the figure, the figure in context of a landscape/seascape, workshop with a moving life model and how to paint hands.
Exploring abstraction, and focussing mark making using 2 different approaches:
Experimenting with the physical qualities of the materials, they are using mark making and chance effects to start them on an intuitive painting.
Abstracting and simplifying from a representative a starting image, until it becomes expressive and abstracted.
Showcase of Art classes 2016 Beginners/Intermediate/Advanced
This year we have studied:
Still Life – Simplification, Composition, Scottish Colourists, working onto different coloured backgrounds, especially painting onto Black.
Landscape Knife Painting – simplification, using and selecting limited palettes.
Buildings – perspective, use of tone in light and shade, and Working towards Abstraction.
Students’ work was showcased at Salisbury Library Gallery 4 during November, and looked very impressive, with very positive feedback.
‘Buildings’ Advanced Class Spring 2016
The Advanced class studied how to paint buildings through a series of taught projects carefully selected for diversity in order to cover all approaches: from traditional representational, to abstracting down to the most simple forms to explore how little we need to retail the essence of a building and emulating and analysing artists’ styles, using acrylics and with mixed media. Students then chose their preferred approach and were encouraged to create several images in a series showing the development of their ideas.
Still Life Intermediates 2016
The intermediate groups have been working directly from life, exploring how to paint reflective surfaces, jug spouts and handles and looking at Chroma- using saturated and de-saturated hues.
How to Paint an Abstract in Acrylics’ to Chandler’s Ford Art Group – February 20th 2016
Chandler’s Ford Art Goup were very friendly, open minded and willing to have a go! – just the right attitude for this workshop, and we had a really positive day.
I was so pleased with the groups paintings, they are so diverse and from the feedback.
I think I have shown a way into abstract and opened a door maybe for those who thought that they could never paint like this.
Mediterranean Villages and Olive groves Art Workshop – January 2016
This was a lovely inclusive workshop, with a few first time acrylic painters, and a partially sighted student. We learnt how to simplify buildings and how to suggest trees.
We were blissfully unaware of the drizzly January weather, tucked indoors with Spanish music, lemon aromatherapy candles and lemon drizzle cake.
Everyone produced exciting work and the day was very enjoyable.