Photograph by Julia Roach
1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 November 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.
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Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
All skill levels welcome.
What will be covered in the class?
Join artist Julia Roach for this 5-week course, designed for students to understand a range of skills and techniques including alla prima, blocking in, dry brush, glazing impasto, scumbling and more. Students will create tonal, monochrome and full colour paintings using acrylics.
Students will leave the course with a series of themed painted studies, pre-studies including drawings, and quick paint exercises.
Week 1. Introduction to Acrylic painting materials and tools. Drawing and painting exercises and limited colour paint studies. Learn about dry brush, wet on wet, glazes and mark marking with different brushes Topic autumnal organic forms such as gourds, squashes and hops . The final paint study incorporating techniques practiced previously in session.
Week 2. Starting with preliminary drawings, moving to tonal paint studies. Topic trees and landscape of the of the locality Get to grips with Negative space and creating beautiful textures before creating a final study incorporating previously learnt skills
Week 3. Unconventional Still life: Initially using the primary colours Blue Red and Yellow . Create depth and distance in your composition and learn to apply flat colour, painting on a primed surface preliminary drawings planning a composition simplifying the topic and exploring pattern. Participants asked to bring in objects so personalises their still life – a story to be told.
Week 4. The techniques of Scumbling and Alla Prima will be focused on week 4. Exploring impressionist painting approaches of artist Laura Knight amongst others
Week 5. Impasto and mark making getting ( flat brush paint exercise) Developing Impasto: Theme dramatic wintery skies, silhouettes, negative and landscapes depicting white a)series of quick charcoal drawings b)full paint study A3
What will I need to bring?
Materials are included.
Art Studio, The art studio is situated at the top of a flight of stairs. Tools are all light and accessible. Work benches are not currently height adjustable.
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.