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 AUTUMN 2018

More details to follow… All courses start week commencing September 3rd.

BEGINNERS DRAWING – shapes / line / tone / intro to simple perspective

TUESDAYS 10.30 – 1.00
(2½ hours with a break)
4 September – 18 December
(no session 23 October, school/college half term)

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

This session is suitable for those with little or no drawing experience, especially those with no confidence! It may also be useful for those who need a recap because they are really rusty, or who have serious gaps in their drawing knowledge and skills. We will be using a range of simple drawing exercises to understand how our logical left-brain processing interferes with our ability to draw, by using previously stored information to assume what shape an object should be.
You’ll be very pleasantly surprised at how quickly you can progress, and draw recognisable objects that look the right shape, and solid. Drawing is a skill anyone can learn, armed with the right knowledge about how we see, and supported within a friendly group environment.


PORTRAITS IN COLOUR – water-based paint

TUESDAYS 2.15 – 4.45
(2½ hours with a break)
4 September – 18 December
(no session 23 October, school/college half term)

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

This course is suitable for novices and improvers (but who may be beginners to the subject), who have some painting skills. We’ll be looking at the tone and colour ranges across the head, shoulders and hair, and assessing how different lighting and life experience changes / affects the shape of features and texture of the face.  We’ll be examining the small changes and subtle differences in proportion that make for a likeness, using some watercolour techniques (including some gouache body colour), some acrylic and some pastel. After some sessions practising with photographic reference, we’ll be working from the model.
Please notethat there will be a cash fee for the model for some sessions, in the region of £4, (depending on numbers) payable at each session.

ABSTRACT EXPERIMENTAL WATER-BASED PAINT – seed heads / botanical subjects / trees

WEDNESDAYS 10.15 – 1.15
(3 hours with a break)
5 September – 19 December
(no session 24 October, school/college half term)

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

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 seed heads / botanical / landscape / tree forms. Techniques / media such as Gesso grounds, wash off gouache, granulation medium, plant material, (not just printing with skeleton leaves!) fabric fragments, clingfilm, ink and bleach and layering will be used and imagery will be further developed with opaque negative space work.

WILDLIFE ART – Drawing Birds

WEDNESDAYS 2.15 – 5.15
(3 hours with a break)
5 September – 19 December (no session 24 October –  school/college half term)

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

A course for those with some drawing or painting experience – but perhaps those new to the topic, we will be studying and drawing the overall shapes, adaptations, and variations of bird bodies, heads and beaks and feet. We’ll look at a bird skeleton and find out what makes it different from a mammal, and how the bird is adapted to fly. We’ll examine and draw feathers and look at how they are arranged and used over the body, and how the wings are folded when not in use. During the course we’ll use photographic material, set skeletons, and we will have a live bird in the studio to sketch for at least one session. If the weather and opportunities allow, we can arrange other trips to draw, including one to the Booth museum in Hove to look specifically at the range of bird skeletons and excellent taxidermy there. We’ll be drawing with pencil, graphite, charcoal, Conté and pastel, and the drawing styles will sometimes be analytical and sometimes more loose.

BOTANICAL FORMS  – water-based paint and mixed media
Seed heads / Fungi / Autumn colours and fruit

THURSDAYS 10.15 – 1.15
(3 hours with a break)
6 September – 20 December
(no session 25 October – school/college half term)

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

This course looks at loose fluid painting styles for botanical imagery, with particular reference to the botanical painting of Ann Blockley, with some reference to John Blockley, Shirley Travena and Gill Bays. We’ll experiment with colourful watercolour, acrylic and Indian inks and mixed media techniques, creating random textures and shapes by using methods and media that produce natural, organic marks and contrasts in the paint, but always making sure the plant forms in their landscape context are created from good observation – real plant material and photographic reference will be provided, as will drawing support.

 

LANDSCAPE IN WATER-BASED PAINT – Skies / hills / trees / organic textures

THURSDAYS 2.15 – 4.45 (2½ hours with a break)
6 September – 20 December
(no session 25 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 and fluid mixed media. We’ll use acrylic inks, some watercolour, some tube acrylics and combine drawing and mixed media techniques in colour with dip pen, granulation medium, unusual tools for scraping, Gesso and paper surfaces for texture and lifting out, glazing, blotting, spattering and other exciting approaches. We’ll make reference particularly to the work of John Blockley.

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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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