Available Courses

Each course has been modelled to take into account the needs and constraints of an Art School. Note; a session is the same as a weekly class – 2-3hrs.

SUMMARY OF WEEKLY CLASSES

1. WATERCOLOUR
This medium is often regarded as a ‘difficult’. All
watercolourists need to develop their
skills and techniques fist. This is a structured painting
offering the student a supported environment to learn at their
own pace.
For the watercolourist who already has some confidence in
handling the medium will be offered different challenges. My
aim is to cover a broad range of subject matter and styles and
each student can only gain by trying different things. All
experience.

2. ACRYLIC – BEGINNERS & BEYOND
Acrylics are the most versatile painting medium. It can be used
with traditional processes and is also is a unique base for
mixed media. It is excellent for the beginner because it does
not offer any hidden surprises and can be extended as far as an
individual’s imagination.

For beginners there is a structured program covering colour
mixing, composition, paint application, picture construction,
basic skills and techniques. Progressing along the program you
will be offered many ideas and the aim of which is to challenge
and instruct. Once the students have developed some basic
skills they can stretch themselves with their own projects or
be offered a starting point which will be a stimulus that will
provide the catalyst for creativity. All experience welcom

3. WATER MEDIA – Watercolour/Acrylic

For the artist who is beyond basic skills and techniques. This
is a free ranging weekly class, introducing students to the
different techniques that are available to the artist who works
in mixed media. The focus is on water based media but is not
exclusive to it. As long as it hangs on the support and is
archival it is OK. The students may work with their own
resource or they could be presented with challenges that will
develop the skills and techniques of picture making.

4. PATHWAYS TO ABSTRACTION -Leave Plein-air to the Birds –
Weekly, 2 or 5 day Workshop: – The aim of this course is to
look for a starting point that an artist can use in the studio.
Each term or workshop is structured with a starting point – an
inspiration. From this insight, the subject matter is further
developed by exploring the many ways an image can be refined by
composition, colour, texture and tone. This development stage
provides a thorough knowledge of the subject and it’s also the
method that develops many ideas for paintings. Inspiration can
be found almost anywhere – you just need to look.
Watercolour, Mixed Media and/or Acrylic –
intermediate/experienced

5. STUDIO SESSIONS
For the experienced painters who enjoy the collective spirit
of a group of like-minded individuals

SUMMARY OF WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

Please refer to description of workshops for further
information

A. AN INTRODUCTION TO WORLD OF THE ARTIST

Materials supplied by prior arrangement

1. ART ENTREE – Help make up your mind which media you want to
pursue. 6 mediums covered in 6 classes plus time to play (3
days)

2. TASTERS – Drawing, Watercolour, Painting (Acrylic, Oils) 1-2
day

B. COMPOSITION

1. Make Composition Work For You – 1 or 2 day

2. Get to Grips with Perspective – 1 day

3. Linear Perspective – 2 day

C. COLOUR

1. The Colour Wheel & Colour Mixing– Theory Meets Practice. 1/2 day

2. The Colour of Emotion – What is the attraction? – 1/2 Day

D. DRAWING

1. Drawing – The First Steps – 1 or 2 day workshop

2. You Too Can Draw – 1 or 2day workshop

3. Drawing Is the Key to Creativity – 5 day (10 sessions) workshop

4. Portraiture – (Traditional) 1, 2 or 5 day

5. Life Drawing – (Beginners/Sketch Club)

E. WATERCOLOUR

1. Watercolour – Introductory Workshop – 1 Day

2. One Week Watercolour – Absolute Beginners – 5 days

3. Ban the Mud: Watercolour Pigments, Washes and Glazes – 1 or 2 day

F. ACRYLIC

1. Transparency in Acrylic – Extending Beyond the Opaque

2. Paint it Thin – Glazing

3. Acrylic & Collage – First Steps into Mixed Media -1-2 Day

4. What is a Medium? – Acrylic Painters – 1day

G. INK & MIXED MEDIA

1. The Fine Mark – Pen & Ink – 2, 3 or 5 day

2. Landscape Illusions – Explore the Brilliant Colour of Ink

3. Mix it Up – Mixed Media

H. ABSTRACTION

1. Abstraction for all – The focus is on a process – 1 day

2. Pathways to Abstraction – (Various) 1, 2, 5 day or weekly
Examples:

  • Abstract Portraiture
  • Abstract Landscape
  • Photograph as a Resource
  • Cubism – Another Way of Seeing
  • Inspiration to Image
  • Symbolism – The Image that Matters
  • Object to Motif
  • Mud Maps
  • Grids that Tell the Story
  • Botanica
  • Memory Painting
  • Landscape Surface – Mixed Media
  • Landscape Earth Forms
  • The Vessel
  • The Masters
  • Principles & Elements(Various)
  • NOTE: The above courses can be seen as suggestions or a starting point.

    I am happy to tailor them to suit your needs.