Acrylic Painting: Park Life with Julia Roach

Two Day Creative Course

Overlapping papers with acrylic paintings on illustrating park and green spaces. Paint brushes and acrylic tubes are also laid out.
Photograph by Julia Roach

Monday and Tuesday
16–17 August 2021


We are booking up to 12 people on this course, on the understanding that from 21 June all social distancing measures will be relaxed. If this is not the case, we will ask the last 6 people who joined to transfer onto the next available course. 

We are committed to working with our artists and communities in continuing to provide opportunities for creativity during these challenging times. Together, we have been working throughout lockdown in reconfiguring our courses to ensure the safety of all concerned without compromising on quality. Find out more about our new safety measures.

Gift vouchers available

Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.

Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+
Suitable for any level of experience.

What will be covered in the class?
Join artist Julia Roach for this two day pictorial painting journey exploring how to depict landscapes, skies, trees, the canal and buildings, inspired by the beautiful Great Linford Manor Park.

Throughout the first day, we will experiment with painting tonally, in monotone, and in full colour. The second day will cover techniques including glazing, impasto, sgraffito and compositional challenges in landscape. Through the two days, students will receive regular demonstrations of these approaches and techniques as well as guidance on their own work.

You will also be inspired by other artists techniques and approaches to inform your own work.

Participants will leave the course with a good understanding of basic acrylic painting techniques and approaches as well as:  

A minimum of 5 drawings using charcoal and pencil
A minimum of 5 paintings, 2 which will be larger scale 

What will I need to bring?
All materials are included. Students will have access to paints, easels, paper, canvases and brushes. Students are encouraged to bring any of their own materials of their choice, but this is not required.

Please wear an apron or old shirt as acrylic marks clothing if dried.

Paintings will need to be taken away at the end of each day; as they may still be wet we suggest using a vegetable box to store these and carry with you after the workshops.

Art Room, only accessible using stairs, and our beautiful outdoor spaces.

Julia Roach is an established visual artist and facilitator whose practice is primarily focused on experimenting with mixed media, graphite and inks. Julia’s work often features collected and found objects. Drawing is intrinsic part of her creative process and my approach is predominantly figurative incorporating colour and exploring a variety of mark making approaches. Julia holds a BA in Painting from Canterbury College of Art and an MFA from Newcastle University. 

Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance refunds will be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.

In acknowledgement of these exceptional times, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has amended its refund policy on a temporary basis. Students are now entitled for refunds in the following circumstances:

  1. If you are unable to attend a class as you are showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  2. If you are unable to attend a class as someone you live with is showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  3. If Milton Keynes Arts Centre cancels or postpones classes.

Refunds shall be made on the basis of every class students have missed.

In all other instances outside of these circumstances, bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

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