We’ll be concentrating entirely on contemporary abstract painting. So this course is designed to appeal to the type of person whose eye and mind responds positively to colour, pattern and shape. If you really enjoy looking at abstract paintings that do not represent people or landscapes and have thought “I’d love to have a go at doing that” then this course will teach you how.
This is an introductory level course so you do not need any previous artistic experience to join us. All the paint and canvases are included in the price, plus the palette knives and brushes, so all you need to bring along is your imagination and an eagerness to learn. There is a high degree of one-to-one tuition, so although the course is pitched at an introductory level, it will be valuable to artists who do have some experience as the non-group teaching will be tailored to your individual level. It will also be rewarding for someone interested in making the switch from representational painting to purely abstract.
The course costs £595. This includes all the tuition, use of a fully equipped professional studio and all materials and equipment. Also included in the price is an end of course private exhibition, plus unlimited email and phone back-up afterwards and a mentoring service free of charge. The deposit is £200 and the balance of £395 is due six weeks before the starting date.
Lunch each day
The studio is in the centre of Reeth in Swaledale, one of the most beautiful of the Yorkshire Dales. It is 60 minutes drive from Durham, 80 mins from York and Newcastle, 90 mins from Leeds and two hours from Sheffield. There is plenty of free parking.
The course runs over four consecutive Saturdays. After the final Saturday there is a private exhibition the following day so your family and friends can come along to the studio on the Sunday and enjoy seeing what you have created before you take your artwork away to hang in your own home.
Each of the four Saturdays runs from 10.00 to 17.00 with an hour’s break for lunch. Reeth has a good selection of cafes and we’ll walk down into the village to enjoy lunch together.
The end of course Sunday exhibition runs from 11.00 to 13.00.
You will be working only with acrylic paints, so there will be no toxic solvents to worry about, plus you’ll be able to clean your palette knives, brushes and hands using just water.
It’s easy initially to think that the creation of contemporary abstract paintings is a random process, but in fact the opposite is true. To be successful it needs a lot of concentration and a disciplined approach, so this is a structured course with a clearly explained workflow covering the whole creative process, both technical and aesthetic.
You’ll start by learning how to prepare your canvases with a ground, followed by one-to-one instruction on compositional construction, shape creation, colour selection and balance. This will take you through to completed paintings, followed by a private exhibition.
If this is your first attempt at abstract painting, you will feel a great sense of satisfaction having made the creative journey from beginner to exhibiting artist.
The course runs over four consecutive Saturdays and the main reason for this is to allow for the different drying stages of your paintings. You will be creating more than one painting during the course and learning a variety of techniques using different sized canvases, some small but also larger scale too.
During the course we’ll also be exploring the history of abstract painting, especially the groundbreaking work of the abstract expressionists, and seeing how they still have a strong influence on our painting today. At the end of each studio day you’ll be given a memory stick to take home containing the work of two significant painters so you can continue to learn and enjoy art during the week before returning inspired the following Saturday.
Thank you for such an enjoyable, stimulating and thought provoking course and also for your encouragement and patience. I learned so much. You have a natural ability to teach and you probably don’t realise yourself how inspirational your teaching style is.”
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