Drawing & Painting Courses

ONCE-A-WEEK DRAWING & PAINTING CLASSES 

Small groups, quality teaching, lovely environment!

Please note that when booking these classes, students commit to the whole term, but rather than asking for the whole balance of fees in advance, fees are payable in instalments, every 4 weeks in advance. Catch up sessions are offered for any missed.

Refreshments are provided for free in all these classes!

WEEKLY COURSES FOR SEPTEMBER 2017

UNDERSTANDING COLOUR MIXING
Colour theory and mixing for artists

TUESDAYS
10.15 – 1.15 (3 hour class with break)
5 Sept – 19 Dec (no session 24 October – school/college half term)

£15 per session (payable 4 weekly in advance).

Learn to mix the colours you want, (including greens!) without the usual trial and error waste of paint! Covering Itten’s colour wheel (cold and warm versions) colour hues / tone / saturation and temperature, we’ll make an A3 dictionary folder of colour exercises using Acrylics, relevant to any type of paint. Learn about secondary, tertiary and complementary mixing, harmonious and accent colours, and about tints and shades. Very interesting and therapeutic, with lots of discussion about the results! A follow-on optional course in the Spring term will be offered to apply and practise mixing and matching colours for painting still life and other general subjects.

PAINTING PORTRAITS
Watercolour / acrylic

TUESDAYS 2.15 – 4.45 (2½ hours with a break)
5 Sept – 19 Dec (no session 24 October – school/college half term)

£12.50 per session (payable 4 weekly in advance).

This course is suitable for both improvers and beginners to the subject, who have some painting skills. We’ll be painting the head and shoulders of the clothed figure, looking at the proportions of the head and neck, shapes of the features at different angles, tone and colour changes across the face, texture and colours of the face and hair and trying for a likeness! We’ll be using water based paints, (watercolour and acrylic) and exploring some different approaches and styles, with a little mixed media.

Please note that there will be a cash fee for the model for approximately 7 later sessions, (after half term) in the region of £4, (depending on numbers) payable in cash at each session.

ABSTRACT EXPERIMENTAL WATER-BASED PAINT
Inspiration – landscape / tree / plant forms

WEDNESDAYS 10.15 – 1.15 (3 hours with a break)
6 Sept – 20 Dec (no session 25 October – school/college half term)

£15 per session (payable 4 weekly in advance).

This course is suitable for those with some experience with paint and who have an interest in semi-abstract or abstract colourful imagery. We’ll be working with experimental loose, mainly liquid mixed media using watercolour / acrylic inks / Indian ink together, to produce images inspired by landscape, flower / plant / (including seed heads) tree and related natural forms. Several different techniques and media will be used, such as granulation medium, plant material, (not just printing with skeleton leaves!) fabric fragments, layering and developing imagery further with opaque negative space work. We will be breaking rules!

WILDLIFE ART
Drawing shape, movement and surfaces

WEDNESDAYS 2.15 – 5.15 (3 hours with a break)
6 Sept – 20 Dec (no session 25 October – school/college half term)

£15 per session (payable 4 weekly in advance).

A course for those with some drawing or painting experience, but perhaps those new to the topic – so beginners to intermediate students. We’ll learn about the animal skeleton, (not in huge anatomical depth, but enough to know what the bumps and dips might be!) different body shapes and adaptations (eg. carnivores and herbivores), the different ways animals move, and how to tackle the textures of skin / hair / scales / fur / feathers of animals and birds. We’ll use different pencils, graphite, Conté, (including light colours on dark papers) charcoal and putty rubber, some pen and ink and a little watercolour. Lots of help to practise the techniques and media and a choice of animal species to work from!

BOTANICAL FORMS IN WATER-BASED PAINT
Flowers / seed heads / trees / plants

THURSDAYS 10.15 – 1.15 (3 hours with a break)
7 Sept – 21 Dec (no session 26 October – school/college half term)

£15 per session (payable 4 weekly in advance).

This course looks at loose fluid painting styles for botanical work, with particular reference to Ann Blockley’s work. We’ll experiment with colourful watercolour, acrylic and Indian inks, creating natural textures and shapes by using techniques and media that produce natural, random marks and contrasts in the paint. Using a variety of tools, including brush, pen and found tools, we’ll develop these techniques in some depth, gaining a better understanding of how they work, but always making sure the plant forms are created from good observation – real plant material and photographic reference will be provided, as will drawing support. Really great fun!

LANDSCAPE IN WATER-BASED PAINT
Landscape views, loose exciting painting styles!

THURSDAYS 2.15 – 4.45 (2½ hours with a break)
7 Sept – 21 Dec (no session 26 October – school/college half term)

£12.50 per session (payable 4 weekly in advance).

This course is for novices and those with some experience in painting, but not necessarily in this subject, and will explore landscape views of various sorts, using looser painting styles (not abstract) and fluid mixed media. We’ll use acrylic inks, some watercolour, and combine drawing and mixed media techniques in colour with dip pen, granulation medium, unusual tools, Gesso, glazing and other exciting approaches. There will be lots of demos, guidance and support to help you create the effect of distance, weather, atmosphere and natural textures and shapes within your landscape scenes!

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BOOKING DETAILS

If you are interested in any of the courses, want further details or wish to book a place, please use the email form on the Contact Page.

DEPOSITS

A deposit is required to confirm your place on any of the regular weekly Drawing and Painting courses. The deposit amount (the equivalent of one session’s payment) is shown in the times and dates details for each course as above. There is a discount of £2.50 per session for any 2nd or 3rd course booked.

On request, or on booking, a list of suggested materials will be sent to you.

When you book you are committing financially to the course. If you miss a session you will be offered another mutually convenient one so you won’t miss out.

SUMMER SCHOOLS AND SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

To book summer or one-off workshops, there will usually be a deposit to secure your place; details within the course description. Full balance payable on the day of the course.

Booking payments can be made by cheque or transfer.



8 thoughts on “Drawing & Painting Courses

  1. Roz usually has at least one drawing class each term. This term the class is focusing on drawing wildlife which will look at a different aspect of drawing each week.

  2. I am a “real” beginner and would love to try my hand at basic drawing and painting, Do you provide such a class ?

  3. Hi Lesley
    I know Roz does do portrait classes on odd Saturdays and in the summer. Keep checking the website. I will add you to our contact list too. Christine

  4. Hi I’ve been looking for a portrait class for sometime. Should you know of any or run one yourselves in the future please bear me in mind.

  5. Hi Beth
    Yes both Roz and I do weekend courses. Roz does one day workshops on Saturdays and if you would like to use the contact e mail form I can get Roz to send more details. Roz is also doing a drawing class on Tuesday evenings.
    The new Once-A-MOnth textile classes which start in September have a Sunday class.
    Hope that helps
    Christine

  6. Is there any chance you could do evening or weekend courses for those of us who have to earn a crust? They look so good!!

  7. Roz’s art courses are fun, well organised and inspirational; she is a gifted teacher. She gives masses of encouragement and it has never been known for her to be anything but positive. (I have attended most of the above courses so have experienced it over a long period.) You leave her classes with a smile and a ‘feel good’ feeling.

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