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Spring  Term  2020

One Day Workshop - NOW FULL


Friday, March 20th, 2020.



To see the work produced in recent workshops, including the Life Drawing Workshop held on 15-11-19,

click here to go to the 'Students' Work' page

In the unlikely event of it being necessary to cancel a class, I will post a message here, and will make every effort to phone all the students concerned. I would hope to make the decision by 9.00am for the morning classes, and by 12.30pm for the afternoon classes.

If you need to contact me on the day, regarding a class, please email before 9.00am or phone before 9.15am, or between 12.15 and 12.30pm.


I've added a Blog page to my website.

I'll tell you what I'm doing, what I'm thinking, suggest things for you to try and who knows what else! 

Use the menu at the top of the page to have a look.

The classes

Watercolour Painting. Tuesday morning. January 28th.

We have started the term by looking at the work of contemporary watercolour artist Shirley Trevena.

If you are able to, it would be a good idea to have a look at her website and the short video clips on YouTube - don't worry if you can't. 

I will bring my collection of still life photos again, and also some magazines you can use for reference. Try to find some images of your own to work from as well for this week. Also, have a look around to see if you can find any other things that would be useful for mark making. (I will bring my collection again).

You will need the following watercolour equipment :
Paints; brushes; watercolour paper, preferably A3 size; water pot; kitchen towel; a board to lean on (unless the back of your watercolour pad is very stiff); a desk easel or something to prop up your board with.

Tuesday Afternoon Class. January 28th.

We will continue the first project of the term: 'Painting without Brushes'.

You can use either watercolour or acrylics, or a mixture of both. I will bring the same selection of things to use instead of brushes, but now you have tried some different things out, you should see what else you can find at home to experiment with.  

I will bring my sea/water pictures again as inspiration for you, but now you have an idea of the sort of marks you can make you might be able to find your own images/photos/sketches which you will enjoy working from.

You can use an ordinary brush for softening your watercolours, if you are using hard pans, but you won't be using it to apply the paint to paper.

The 10 week Spring term will be divided into three projects. They will be: Painting Without Brushes; Looking at the work of Bonnard; Portraits.

Life Drawing Class. Wednesday morning. January 29th.

The model will be Sharon.

If at all possible, please let me know before the start of the class, if you will not be attending a class.

Students may use any medium of their choice, excepting oils, (water mixable oils are acceptable). You are welcome to bring a sketching easel, otherwise you can rest your work on a chair back.

Thursday Morning Class. January 30th.

We will continue with the 'Movement' project. I will bring the selection of photographs again, but you might like to look for some images of your own to work from. You can use any medium you like, either drawing or painting.

The 10 week Spring term will be divided into three projects, which will be: Movement; Looking at the work of Shirley Trevena; Looking at the work of Gauguin.

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