Classical Oil Painting with Marcus Hodge

Dates just announced! – *NEW COURSE*

Marcus Hodge is an established portrait and equine painter who studied in Spain. He will be joining us in the spring term to teach classical oil painting, suitable for all levels, details of Marcus’s work can be found via this link.

A 5 week course commencing  16th January, on consecutive Thursday evenings from 7pm to 9pm concluding with 2 intensive days on the 17th and 18th February from 10am to 4pm. – Course Fee £190

**STOP PRESS** DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THE NEW MARCUS HODGE CLASSICAL OIL PAINTING COURSE WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ADVISE WE NOW HAVE AN ADDITIONAL COURSE RUNNING COMMENCING MONDAY EVENING 13TH JANUARY! 

Places are already being taken up on the additional course so be quick and let us know your interest!

The additional course will run on the following dates:

Monday 13th Jan 7pm to 9pm

Monday 20th Jan 7pm to 9pm

Monday 27th Jan 7pm to 9pm

Monday 3nd Feb 7pm to 9pm

Saturday 8th Feb 10am to 4pm

Monday 10th Feb 7pm to 9pm

Saturday 15th Feb 10am to 4pm

CLASSICAL OIL PAINTING CLASSES

This could serve as a single introduction course, or as part of an ongoing series of courses teaching the fundamentals of oil painting. Broadly, the classes develop around proportion, light and dark, colour and composition tailored to the needs of each individual. The vehicle for this would be still life or cast work, as both of these can be carefully controlled and kept very simple or made more difficult, depending on the ability of each student. This allows you to fully focus on the basic underlying principles, rather than be distracted by unnecessary complications.

For beginners or more experienced painters, this is a chance to learn or consolidate previously learned skills and further develop them, finding the confidence to pursue one’s own style within the structure of the course. A key principle behind these classes is finding the balance between the essence of the painted object and the skills required in formal representation or the mere appearance of things. With loaded brushes at arm’s length, painted from the shoulder, I hope to encourage students to explore the wonderfully expressive qualities of oil paint. To invite chance, risk and opportunity into their daily practice and above all to enjoy the challenge.


DRAWING / PAINTING – WATERCOLOUR –

Mon. 1.30 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. Nena Parkes (Two sessions with a model)    £195.00
Stage 1 & 2: Mon. 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. Nena Parkes  (Two sessions with a model)    £195.00
Stage 2: Tues. 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Anthony Wilder  £190.00

These classes are ideal for students with some experience as well as those slightly more advanced. Watercolour lends itself well to various techniques and ways of applying colour onto paper. Students are encouraged to produce a painting that is not too inhibited. Still life, flowers etc as well as painting outdoors if weather is suitable.


LIFE & FIGURE DRAWING/PAINTING – Sarah Spackman

Mon. 10.00 a.m.-12.15 p.m. £245 

Working directly from the model, this course encourages the development of observational skills. All abilities are welcome, and the emphasis is on enabling the individual to explore the structure and form of the body using a wide range of materials.


CONTEMPORARY PAINTING AND DRAWING, DEVELOP YOUR PRACTICE – Jane Strother

Mon. 9.30 a.m. – 12.00 noon.  £190  (8 week term commencing Monday 13th January).

The course provides sequential structured sessions aiming to unpick some of the theory behind a good and interesting composition in colour. You will work on studies and activities useful for representative and more abstracted contemporary painting, with the opportunity to apply your learning to personal project work.
Course subject matter will generally be extracted from in and around the school site and from still life for use as a vehicle for understanding aspects of painting, rather than the focus. Each session will be planned with a specific objective related to colour and composition. You will be encouraged to take an experimental approach with support from the tutor.
Please bring your own materials. Demonstrations will be in acrylics but oils, acrylics and mixed media are all suitable. During the term you’ll need a range of ‘tonal’ and coloured paper for collage, glue, scissors, as well as drawing paper, paints, pencils etc. This is available from the school shop.
For the first session you will need large drawing paper A2 or larger, masking tape, both willow and compressed charcoal, a rubber, fixative, white chalk or conte.


DRAW, PAINT, DRAW, FOR CONTEMPORARY PAINTING – Jane Strother

Mon. 1.00 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. £190 (8 week term commencing Monday 13th January).

The energy and freshness of initial exploratory drawings can be hard to maintain when moving into paint. This in-depth course aims to enable you to find ‘ways in’ to achieving an equivalent quality in your painting. ‘Ways in’ or strategies will be discussed and demonstrated to help you begin and move on especially at those sticking points when binning it seems the only option.

The content will include demonstrations, exercises, activities and briefs, aiming to develop your use of composition and colour more confidently and with a more abstracted approach. Importantly you will be supported to apply your learning to personal work.

Please bring your own materials. Demonstrations will be in acrylics but oils, acrylics and mixed media are all suitable. During the term you’ll need a range of ‘tonal’ and coloured paper for collage, glue, scissors, as well as drawing paper, paints, pencils, charcoal, fixative etc. This is available from the school shop.

For the first session you will need large drawing paper A2 or larger, masking tape, both willow and compressed charcoal, a rubber, fixative, white chalk or conte.


LIFE DRAWING & PAINTING – Neil Drury

Tues. 10.00 am – 12.30 pm. £275.00
Tues 1.30 p.m. – 3.30 pm. £230.00

A course suitable for students with some experience in drawing and painting. Models provide a professional atmosphere for this important area of study. The prime aim is the development of individual creative ability together with the obvious aims concerned with drawing and painting from life-a wide variety of media is encouraged.


PAINTING & DRAWING (MIXED MEDIA) – £245.00 (2 week model)

Tues. 1.15 p.m. – 3.45 p.m. Nena Parkes

This theme-based course is suitable for all levels.  We will explore the elements of creating two-dimensional imagery using a variety of methods and materials.  i.e. watercolour, acrylics, texture and collage.


DRAWING & PAINTING – £230.00

Tues. 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Neil Drury

Working directly from the model. The beginner or the more experienced will be encouraged to value both creativity and technical accomplishment. Therefore basic or advanced instruction will be available, through personal tuition, to enable each student to realise their technical and creative potential. Media: Oil, Acrylic or any drawing media.


AN INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING & PAINTING – £190.00

Tues. 7.00 p.m.-9.00 p.m. Davina Chapman

A class for the complete beginner or students with a little experience who wish to discover and extend their capabilities.  The course will incorporate a variety of media with the emphasis on diversity of technique and experimentation.


PAINTING (All MEDIA) –  £190.00

Wed. 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon. Clova Stuart-Hamilton

Theme based studies will be provided, allowing for the development of ideas and responses in creative and personal directions.  The course offers the opportunity to improve drawing and painting skills and to experiment with a wide range of materials and techniques.  This course is suitable for beginners and for the more experienced artist.


DRAWING AT THE EASEL – £190.00

Wed. 10.00 a.m.-12 noon. Allyson Austin

An exploration and investigation of all aspects of drawing from observation. Using mixed media, the focus is on learning how to see, interpret and record from still life.

Teaching is based around the formal elements of drawing such as line, tone, composition, volume, scale, weight, positive and negative and many others. Suitable for those with some experience of drawing.


IMAGES AND IDEAS (ALL MEDIA) – £190.00

Wed. 1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. Allyson Austin

This course is theme/project based and encourages students be experimental with mixed media and develop their imagination. Looking at the work of contemporary artists and the exchange of ideas is an important part of the course.  Suitable for those with some experience of the creative process.


PAINTING IN GOUACHE AND ACRYLIC – £190.00

Wed. 1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. Clova Stuart-Hamilton  

This is a course suitable for beginners with some experience as well as the more advanced student who would like to develop and gain experience in using gouache and/or acrylic. The aim of the course will concentrate on the application of the materials, through composition, techniques and colour studies, allowing students the opportunity to produce paintings in personal and creative directions.


PAINTING & DRAWING (In Acrylics and Oils) – £195.00

Wed. 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. David Bliss

The course is suitable for those with some previous experience who want to extend their skills. Work will be based on observation, but you will also be encouraged to use your imagination. There will be two sessions per term using a life model. The study of contemporary artists’ work is part of the course.


PORTRAIT & COSTUME DRAWING & PAINTING – Neil Drury

Thurs. 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. £275.00
& 1.30 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. £230.00

Working in a medium of your choice, we will explore the richness of form, colour and texture to be found when depicting the clothed model, as well as aspects of scale, stylization and ‘likeness’ in portraiture. Suitable for students with some experience.


DRAWING & PAINTING – Kate Hammersley – £190.00

Stage 2 – Thurs. 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon. 

An exploration of drawing and painting using a variety of techniques and media.  Participants will be able to develop skills in line drawing, tone, tonal matching, colour mixing, composition and proportion.


EXPERIMENTAL MIXED MEDIA TECHNIQUES
INCOPORATING DRAWING & PAINTING –  Kate Hammersley –  £190.00

Thurs. 1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.

A mixed media course exploring a variety of techniques and media.  Participants will be able to develop skills in composition, mark making, layering and combining different media to create successful compositions.


LIFE DRAWING FOR ALL – £230

Thurs. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Charlotte Houlihan

This is a taught course suitable for students (beginners, intermediate and experienced) who would like to both learn how to draw the model and have a bit more taught time to enhance their practise. Several tutors will share the teaching and rotate, so students will get a broader experience and an opportunity to learn from different practising artists. (Maximum of 12 students)


New on Fridays 10am – 12 noon

Absolute Beginners Pick and Mix

Fri. 10am – 12noon Course Fee: 5 weeks: £100, or 2 courses (10 weeks) £190

INTRODUCING WATERCOLOUR George Boyter

INTRODUCING ACRYLICS Jane  Strother

This is a series of 6 introductory courses especially for beginners running across one academic year.

There are two, five-week courses each term, and all 6 together provide a good grounding within each subject area. They are designed to be taken consecutively but they can also be taken in isolation, so you can ‘pick and mix’, and all your materials are supplied.

 


LIFE & FIGURE DRAWING & PAINTING

Sat. 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon (including model, 5 weeks starting 29th Feb). Ron Freeborn Course Fee: £117

The prime aim is the development of individual creative ability together with the obvious aims concerned with drawing and painting with life – a wide variety of media is encouraged.


DRAWING/PAINTING (mixed media) 

Sat 10.00 am-12 noon. (5 weeks starting 18th January). Sarah Wenden Course Fee: £95

Working mainly from still-life, starting with close observation, students are then encouraged to experiment with different media, while developing their interpretation of the subject.  Collage, acrylic and oil paint may be used alone or in any combination.  Some experience of drawing would be helpful, not suitable for beginners.

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