Series 1: Loosen up and have fun with colour
Sunday 7th February - Loosen up and have fun with colour - Understanding the importance of dark to light.
Guaranteed to be a fun, energy filled session where I will convince you that colour doesn't matter, it is interpreting the dark to light that is most important. In painting a cute little puppy with loose but accurately placed brush strokes we will access that more reactive side of our personalities. This is where you will start to explore the creation of your art from the heart and develop your own 'style'.
In the spirit of learning
I've been painting for the last 13 years, and teaching for 10 of those. I've found it incredibly rewarding and great fun to meet new people and share my experience. Having no formal arts training my approach is fresh and unique. I believe that you learn more when you're having fun, so you'll find lots of joking and anecdotal stories with a moral.
The online classroom has become my favourite place to teach because you'll get multiple camera angles, of the palette and the painting, along with an image of the reference, even a shot of my crazy mug at work. I am also able to delve in to more areas of my arts practice and explain more than I get the chance to in a normal class setting.
Join me in the different structured series for some intensive learning, or on a friday evening for something in the studio, where you get to see all the theory in practice. I keep no secrets, but I do need to break it down into digestible pieces, and my recommendation is for you to allocate some time to practice what is taught so that you can work it into your own creative process.
Series 2: Advanced: Painting a horse.
21st March:Editing, enhancing, cropping and gridding.
If you can barely do a stick figure, or like me, lack confidence in your drawing skills, this class is for you. It is initially complex but these are the tools that will elevate you to the next level in achieving realistic representational art.
-You will learn how to simplify your subject to give the illusion of detail and accuracy whilst reducing the headache.
-Discover compositional tips and tricks.
-Learn how to use Corel paintshop pro. (This is my preferred program, but there are many other apps and programs that will do the same).
-Common mistakes people make when drawing their subject and begin to see shapes of light and dark rather than a specific subject.
-Tools and equipment for drawing.
You can watch the completion of the drawing
Series 3:The basics of landscapes.
18th July - The basics of landscapes-
The principles of creating depth
One of the most important elements of landscape painting as opposed to most other subject types is the perception of depth. Giving the feeling of atmosphere is incredibly elusive.
In this session I will introduce you to
-my colour palette and general equipment, both studio and plein air
-a disciplined approach to creating depth
In this series we will begin to explore how to make magic out of the mundane by sticking to value and playing with colour.
Series 4:Advanced landscapes
Kicking off this advanced series with digital image editing to create a more complex composition.
The benefit of using Corel paintshop pro as opossed to a sketchbook is the ability to adjust compositions immediately, tweaking colour and enhancing the centre of interest.
We will cover:
-Cropping elements from other images to incorporate into the main reference.
- Using the erase tool to meld the images together.
-Basic and advanced colour tweaking tools.
This class is very intensive, and fortunately you will get the recording, because this is one that will be well worth watching more than once.