If you have always wanted to paint but don't know which medium to choose, this course is a great place to start - a six-week course, designed to introduce you to this fabulously versatile and forgiving paint medium which will help you find what you might enjoy most. We will experiment with different techniques, from using it thinned down like watercolours, to using it thick impasto like oils, gradually increasing skill levels. Short exercises using different types of brushes, palette knives, sponges and additives will build up to painting larger more complex pieces. The demonstrations will reveal how to paint elements within a landscape but by the end of the course you will have the tools and knowledge to paint whatever you like.
COST: £216 for 6 classes of 3 hours
Brief Course Outline
Week 1 - Introduction to acrylic paints, brushes, supports and papers, palettes and blending.
Week 2 - Acrylics like watercolours - glazing and wet-in-wet techniques; colour wheel theory and successful colour mixing.
Week 3 - Acrylics like oils - impasto, knife painting, textured mediums, collage and mixed media.
Week 4 - Brush strokes and techniques - choosing the right tool for the job.
Week 5 - Dynamic composition - planning your paintings for balance and interest.
Week 6 - Tips on painting clouds and water and any other requests....
Bring with you any painting materials you may have as in the first lesson we will be looking at everything you will need for the course. However, if you would like to buy some things beforehand I recommend A4-size (or preferably bigger) acrylic paper or canvas boards; artist quality acrylic paints*; any texture pastes, gels or additives you may have (some will be provided); a Staywet palette (you will be shown how to make your own); a selection of synthetic and hog hair brushes (rounds, a rigger, a wide flat for washes, fan brush**); palette knives; a board or table easel to lean on; jars for water; HB or 2B pencils; eraser; kitchen towel; apron; baby wipes; pictures for inspiration. Please wear old clothes.
There is a basic set of brushes that I have asked Rosemary & Co. to put together for me. Please enquire if you would like a set before the course starts so I can order them in.
* When buying paints it is always prudent to buy from quality manufacturers as cheap, student or academy quality paints can put you off the medium before you have even started. I would recommend buying professional or artist’s quality tubes from: Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney (Cryla or System 3 are good), Sennelier, Golden or Liquitex. You will only need a small range of colours and they should include a warm and cool version of each of the three primaries ie. Cadmium Red, Crimson Red, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, plus Titanium White and Mars Black. You may also wish to add in some pre-mixed colours like Sap Green or Hookers Green, if you like painting landscapes or Flesh Tint if you want to paint people. Some of the earth colours like Raw Umber and Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna are also useful to have in your paintbox. I particularly like the Cryla range from Daler-Rowney as they come out of the tube thick and buttery, can be watered down easily for glazes and there is little colour shift when they dry.
** For brushes I particularly recommend Rosemary & Co's Shiraz range. Please ask to see the catalogue and the brushes I use as they are all great quality at reasonable prices and they last!
Student Galleries & Comments
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Please note that everybody’s work is included and most were complete beginners when they started this course, so look to see how much can be achieved…
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