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. Please note the below are suggestions only, I am happy to tailor classes and workshops to suit your needs.

THE PAINTING CLUB – WEEKLY CLASSES

1. Oil and/or Acrylic

All Experience. This is a free ranging class where the students can work on a project of their own with the support of a teacher to facilitate their work. Once the students have developed some basic skills they can stretch themselves with their own projects will receive the encouragement and support of a class environment. At the start of each term there is a starting point and a stimulus that will provide the catalyst for creativity. All experience welcome.

2. Acrylic – The medium for the Watercolourist and the Oil Painter

Acrylics are the most versatile medium which can change from transparency to opaque and impasto. Acrylics can be used as a traditional painting medium and is also is a unique base for mixed media. It is an excellent medium for the beginner because it does not offer any hidden surprises and can be extended as far as an individual’s imagination. A different challenge will be offered every two or three weeks which will develop the beginner and challenge the more experienced. This weekly class aims to explore the individual’s creative drive and develop it through weekly classes. Beginners and intermediate – experienced welcome

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. Exploring Watercolour

This is class is for the watercolourists who already have some confidence in handling the medium. Every two or three weeks I will offer a different challenge. My aim is to cover a broad range of subject matter and styles and each student can only gain by trying different things.

5. Oil Painting

I am also experienced in teaching oil painting and I can construct workshops to suit your student’s needs or offer a weekly class. I can teach oil paint in conjunction with acrylics but not watercolour.

ART PRACTICE – WEEKLY, 2 DAY OR 5 DAY WORKSHOPS

1. Leave Plein-air to the Birds

The aim of this course is to look for resources that an artist can use in the studio as a starting point to a painting. Each term or workshop is structured with a starting point – an inspiration. From this insight, the subject matter is further developed by exploring 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 and/or Acrylic – intermediate/experienced.

MEDIUMS OF CHOICE

ACRYLIC

1. Want to paint? – Learn to Paint with Acrylics (4 day workshop)

Acrylic is the medium for you! A semester long course has been condensed into 4 one-day workshops and is structured for the beginner. Culmination of these classes will result in the student having the techniques and skills to continue to explore this exciting medium. Absolute Beginner and beginners in acrylics

2. Transparency in Acrylic – Extend Yourself Beyond The Opaque (1 or 2 day workshop)

There are two entirely different ways to work with acrylic paints; one is transparent and the other is opaque. This workshop investigates the transparent nature of the medium. For the artists who wish to stretch themselves beyond the basics.

3. Pathways to Abstraction (Workshop Series or Weekly Class)

The aim of each workshop is to investigate the interaction of the tools, techniques and materials and how an artwork can be brought to completion. The focus is on acrylics and mixed media. Independent oil painters and watercolourists are also welcome.

2 day Workshops

  • The Colour of Emotion
  • The Shape of Light

WATERCOLOUR

Watercolour is perhaps the most difficult medium for a beginner to pick up. It requires an acceptance of its limitations and an appreciation of its flexibility.

1. Watercolour – Absolute Beginners (minimum 8 week course)

This course is an introduction to the world of watercolour. It covers materials, basic painting techniques and colour.. At the end this course the student will come away with information about the materials and tools of the watercolourist and will also get a glimpse of the possibilities of water media. Note: The minimum length of this course is set at 8 sessions. It can be remodelled for a 3 to 5 day workshop.

2. Watercolour for Beginners (1 or 2 Semester Course)

This is the follow-on of the Absolute Beginners course. Its aim is to further develop the basket of skills that a watercolourist can use and the complexities of painting and the special requirements of watercolour as a medium. For the beginner in watercolour (graduates of the Absolute Beginners workshop).

3. Watercolour Workshop – No More Mud! – Pigments, Washes and Glazes (2 day workshop)

This workshop looks at the different qualities that each pigment has and how the artist can use them. This workshop is for the watercolourists who already have some confidence in handling the medium.

DRAWING

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

The aim of this course is to equip the novice with the skills to use drawing as a tool in their own art practice. This workshop is for the absolute beginner and those who are just starting out on their creative journey.

2. You Too Can Draw (1 or 2 day workshop)

The aim of this workshop, through the framework of fundamental drawing techniques and use of still life, is to demonstrate that everyone can draw and their marks are uniquely their own. This workshop extends beyond the first steps and looks at different ways of mark making. Absolute Beginners.

3. Drawing The First Steps and Beyond (1 Semester workshop)

Elements of the two day workshop are included in this program but they are investigated in greater depth.

4. Drawing: Back to Basics and some Fun as well (Weekly or Workshop)

This workshop first looks at the fundamentals of drawing practice and then investigates the ways in which they can be put into practice.. This workshop is aimed at artists who wish to learn about the tools of drawing and those who wish to polish up the skills they already have. Beginner to intermediate

5. Drawing – Exploring the Medium – (Weekly)

The aim of this class is to produce finished artwork which can be loosely labelled “drawing” but can include non traditional methods and materials

6. Drawing Is the Key to Creativity (1, 2 or 5 day or Workshop Series)

This workshop is about interpreting the visual experience. It not only covers drawing fundamentals, but it also seeks to educate the eye. It investigates how an image can be refined and explores some of the ways a subject matter can be developed This workshop is for those who are looking to extend their own art practice and maybe discover paintings they did not know were part of their creative self.

COLOUR & COMPOSITION

1. Composition & Design Short Course (1 day Workshop)

This intensive short course covers the Principles and Elements and explores the different ways this information can be implemented. Total: 4-6hrs

2. Get to Grips with Perspective (1 or 2 session workshop)

This workshop focuses on how to develop an illusion of depth and distance on the picture plane. A must for Realistic & Landscape painters.

3. Linear Perspective (2 session workshop)

Describing a three dimensional world on to a two dimensional surface. This workshop spends time not only gaining an understanding of perspective and its implications but it also puts into practice the knowledge that is gained. This workshop is aimed at all artists except absolute beginners.

4. Colour & Colour Mixing (1 or 2 day workshop)

This workshop seeks to understand what colour is and how it effects our perception of the world around us and focuses on the student’s ability to mix colours and use with confidence.

5. The Art of Illusion: Principles of Composition & the Elements of Design (Workshop Series)

This series of workshops can be offered individually or as a series. This gives the school the opportunity to offer discounts for multiple purchases. Total: 8hrs

  • Principles, Elements and Format – 2 sessions
  • Line, Shape and Tone – 2 sessions
  • Space & Perspective – 2 sessions
  • Colour – 2 sessions

6. Colour & Composition (Term Course)

This course covers the same information as the series but the extra time available within a term course allows for greater investigation.