Would you love to explore acrylic paints in an unthreatening environment, and to learn new ways of painting but without committing to the full painting course? Then you’ve come to the right place!
These one-off sessions will be held on Friday afternoons, 2-4pm, here in Barnwood, Gloucester (the specific location will be sent in an email when you book your place). The sessions are very relaxed but will be guided, and all materials will be provided. Do feel free to bring your own materials if you prefer – but you are more than welcome to use mine.
No two paintings will be the same – each participant will do the sorts of pictures that they would like to produce, with help and guidance from me along the way. We will experiment and learn various styles, trying out different shapes and colours together and blending colours in ways that you find exhilarating, so that each participant will become an artist in their own right and begin to develop something of their own style, to convey something of what is most meaningful in their lives. We will follow our imaginations, dream, and learn to go wherever the paint and brush may lead; we will explore and express themes that are important; and most of all we will have a good time. Art is not just about making a mess and creating something pretty, but about making sense of the world; conveying purpose; causing viewers to feel things. Painting is an outlet, a therapy, a tool – not just a hobby.
Friday 25th January: 5 Flat Brush techniques.
Painting workshop on 25th January, 2-4pm
We'll be thinking this time about the five most useful techniques with a flat paintbrush. Participants will create a tri-colour or an abstract painting with just one brush, putting these different techniques into practice.
Friday 8th February: Reflections & water techniques.
Painting workshop on 8th February, 2-4pm
We’ll be focusing this time on reflections and water techniques. Participants will be guided through the creation of a lakeside or seaside piece in their own choice of colours, shapes etc.
Friday 15th March: Varied ways of portraying Sunlight.
Painting workshop on 15th March, 2-4pm
We'll be focusing on varied ways of portraying sunlight, considering shadows, reflections, dim light and dappled light. We'll create unique sunset paintings, thinking about the different emotions that different colours portray.
Friday 26th April: Blending colours and shades for layers and perspective.
Painting Workshop on 26th April, 2-4pm
We’ll be focusing this time on blending colours for layers and perspective, possibly with a little on ‘moods’ created by different colour combinations if we have time… Participants will be guided through the creation of a landscape/seascape/lakeside piece in their own choice of colours, shapes etc.
Friday 17th May: Creating Feelings with Colour.
Painting workshop on 17th May, 2-4pm
In this session we’ll be considering the use of different colour combinations to create different moods and feelings. Participants will be guided through creation of winter-themed paintings using their own choices of style, mood and colour.
Friday 14th June: Textured effects with varied brush techniques.
Painting workshop on 14th June, 2-4pm
We’ll be focusing this time on textured effects with varied brush techniques & colour combinations. Participants will be guided through the creation of a woodland or seaside piece in their own choice of colours, shapes etc.
Friday 19th July: Textured effects with mixed media.
Painting workshop on 19th July, 2-4pm
We’ll be focusing this time on textured effects with mixed media. Participants will be guided through the creation of an abstract or a stormy piece in their own choice of colours, shapes etc.
Friday 16th August: Light and Dark.
Painting workshop on 16th August, 2-4pm
This time we'll be thinking about the use of light and dark in paintings, considering background effects, shading and shadows. Participants will create colourful still-life paintings with this in mind.
Friday 20th September: Human shapes.
Painting workshop on 20th September, 2-4pm
Today we'll be considering the shape of the human body, and how to convey movement and life in just one colour. Participants will create a sunset painting with silhouetted people in the foreground.
Friday 18th October: Animal and plant shapes.
Painting workshop on 18th October, 2-4pm
We’ll be focusing this time on plant and animal shapes. Participants will be guided through the creation of a landscape piece with plant and animal silhouettes, in their own choice of colours, shapes etc.
Friday 15th November: Following the Feel of the Painting.
Painting workshop on 15th November, 2-4pm
Today we'll be looking at following the feeling of the painting. Participants will create and fun unique scenery images, following their instincts and experimenting with colours, shapes and brush techniques.
Friday 13th December: Abstract and Bold Shapes.
Painting workshop on 13th December, 2-4pm
This month we'll be looking at abstract painting techniques. Participants will create a playful and bright piece using bold shapes, lines and shading with no obligations - with or without a theme as desired.
Shortly after you book your place, I’ll email you with your welcome letter and the location of the workshop (in Barnwood, Gloucester). Looking forward to seeing you!
If you have a group of 3+ people who would like to do any of these sessions as a private group (even in your own house or venue if desired!), why not book a Painting Party?
DATE TBC: Water Techniques. Stream or Beach piece (personal choice).
DATE TBC: Glass techniques. Wine/Champagne glass or Vase piece.
DATE TBC: Using Black Pen over a Painting. Village Scene piece.
DATE TBC: Clouds – various Textures & Methods. Sea & Sky piece.
DATE TBC: Attention to Detail – Foreground vs Background & different Brush Techniques.
DATE TBC: Skin – People (arms & legs shading). Piece involving People.
DATE TBC: Abstract & Bold Shapes, Lines, Shading with No Obligations. Abstract piece.
[Any of the above sessions are available on request for a date of your choice if you have a group of 3+ people who would like to participate!]