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Watercolour Workshops – Leaving Room For The Imagination

It is a temptation to fill a painting with more and more detail, but this workshop will encourage students to find areas where subtle hints can trigger the imagination to fill in the gaps.

Through a combination of demonstration and instruction, colour and brushwork exercises will be used to explore how to achieve this effect on paper.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your course fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 27th February 2024
Tutor Clare Linford
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3428
Fees £80
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An Introduction To Chinese Brush Painting –
Insects and Leaves

ONE PLACE REMAINING

This workshop is designed to take your basic skills in Chinese brush painting a little further.

Unlike in western art, simple flowers, birds, leaves and insects are created by the stroke of a brush. On this workshop, you will explore leaves and insects.

Did you know that the nation's favourite insect is the beautifully named Marmalade Hoverfly?  She looks like a wasp but sports a more vibrant orange and black outfit. Explore, through Chinese brush painting, how to capture the image of this beautiful insect, as well as the wonderfully coloured tiger moth, a simple caterpillar and shield beetle. All creatures will be illustrated nestling in their own habitats. 

You will also learn how to paint a selection of beautifully formed leaves and seedheads and, combining all, produce a simple scroll depicting the day's explorations.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your  fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Wednesday 28th February  2024
Tutor Leo Donaghy
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3412
Fees £80
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Drawing and Painting a Portrait – Two Day Workshop

You will learn simple concepts and basic drawing exercises to break down the complex topic of portraiture. By the end of the first day, you will have drawn your very own realistic portrait and be able to prepare to paint a portrait the following day.

On day two, you will learn how to mix colours and experiment with applying acrylic paints and mediums using a variety of methods and techniques. 

Everyone from beginners to more advanced artists are welcome. You will receive plenty of guidance and friendly feedback.

Tutor will supply some materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

Students will be provided with a list of materials that they will need to bring along to this workshop.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March 2024
Tutor David Bannister
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3424
Fees £155
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Watercolour Workshop – Spring Flowers

An opportunity to capture the fleeting beauty of the season’s flowers! Spend a little time closely observing what gives each flower type, and each separate bloom, its individual characteristic colour and form, then learn how to translate that knowledge into vibrant watercolours.

There will be explorations of drawing, colour mixing and brush techniques, and plenty of tutor demonstrations to help the process.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your course fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 19th March 2024
Tutor Clare Linford
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3430
Fees £80
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An Introduction To Chinese Brush Painting –
Birds and Blossom

COURSE FULL

Another opportunity to explore the great variety of subjects in Chinese brush painting. 

Wisteria, a member of the pea family, symbolises many things – new birth, love, friendship, prosperity and many more. The simple flowing brush-marks for blossoms, leaves and stems is a joyful exercise. Discover a variety of exotic birds that can be found nestling in its branches, such as the crimson rosella and the eastern blue bird. We will also look at goldfinches, sparrows, bluebirds and the scarlet flycatcher. A joyous mix of colour and form.

This gentle workshop is a way to open your mind to a new way of creating imagery while exploring these beautiful blossoms and birds. You will display your work on a simple scroll.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Wednesday 27th March  2024
Tutor Leo Donaghy
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3413
Fees £80
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An Introduction To Chinese Brush Painting –
The Peony

This workshop focuses on one of the most popular flowers in Chinese art. The peony is the flower of China, known as “Grande Corniche”.  You will explore the brush strokes that make up the flower’s delicate petals and leaves.  After a series of exercises and through guided tuition, you will design and paint a small scroll. A wonderfully satisfying day. 

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your  fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Wednesday 17th April 2024
Tutor Leo Donaghy
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3414
Fees £80
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Landscapes in Pastel

This workshop is perfect for newcomers to working in pastels who would like to try their hand at landscapes.

Bring along any landscape image that inspires you, maybe a photograph or some of your own sketches. You may even decide to wander outdoors and find inspiration in the gardens at Westhope!

Your tutor will offer advice on choosing subjects and then you will begin by practising quick sketching in the open air. Through guided tuition and demonstration, you will learn how to get movement into your work, develop an understanding of basic perspective and how to use colour to create a sense of distance .

When it comes to drawing, discover various ‘tricks of the trade’ and the different techniques you can use to create your landscape images.

For those of you who have some experience with pastels, this workshop offers the perfect opportunity to practise and develop a looser, more free approach.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Thursday 9th May 2024
Tutor Carole Fisher
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3422
Fees £75
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Expressionistic Landscape Painting – Two Day Workshop

Create an expressionistic landscape painting in acrylics using the techniques and applications demonstrated and explored during this two day workshop.

You will experience the whole process of developing a painting from start to finish. You will focus on some basic principles of colour and composition. With this understanding, you will explore and experiment with colour to express mood, energy and movement. Some painting techniques and applications will be demonstrated, however it is hoped that you will be driven by your own insight and intuition to create a unique landscape painting .

This will be a relaxing and enjoyable workshop to focus on your art with individual advice and support.

This workshop is suitable for most artists – from beginners to advanced. Beginners are welcome if they have some basic skills in painting. If you are just getting started then this may not be the right workshop for you.

Tutor will provide the following materials for this workshop:

• Canvasses / primed boards and paper.
• There will be various acrylic mediums available to use over the two days.

This cost is included in your fee.

Students will be provided with a list of materials that they will need to bring along to this workshop.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Saturday 11th May 2024
Sunday 12th May 2024
Tutor David Bannister
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3425
Fees £155
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Watercolour Workshops – First Draw Then Paint

Many people find drawing daunting, and are frustrated if their lack of this skill hinders their ability to paint. This workshop will give a range of techniques and tips to practise, to enable you to produce a clear and simple drawing on which you will base your painting. Basics of both drawing and watercolour painting will be covered, to give you confidence to continue working independently after the workshop.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your course fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 14th May 2024
Tutor Clare Linford
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3432
Fees £80
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Image above is of a student’s work on a previous workshop


Image above is of a student’s work on a previous workshop

Watercolour Sketching Outdoors

Sketching with line and wash can be an enjoyable and very expressive way of working. It is excellent for quick sketches and more finished paintings. We will start with exploring the role of line, experimenting with a wide range of pens and using pencils too. Then we will move on to letting the watercolour flow and bring both elements together. This technique can be used no matter what the subject. You learn and experiment in ways to mix washes on the palette and on the paper too. Short demonstrations will be offered, but it hoped that students can experiment freely with the tools at hand.

During your workshop you will spend time in the quiet and delightful grounds at Westhope and inside the college.

Experience is not necessary as support and guidance will be on hand. If you have creative experience, you will have the opportunity to apply and develop your media handling, colour selection and compositional skills.

Students will be given a list of materials and equipment to bring along for the day. Our advice is to travel light, as too much kit can hamper your enjoyment and remove spontaneity as you change viewpoint or location.

The tutor can provide drawing pencils and brushes to be used on the day if required.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date

Wednesday 19th June 2024

Tutor David Bannister
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3426
Fees £80
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