Painting - Subject Led

Painting – colour and expressionism with Nick Bodimeade

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About this course

Paint by distorting reality and using intense colour to increase personal expression in your painting. Explore colour, mark, gesture, materials handling, and art movements to develop a stronger personal artistic direction.

Course Description

On this course you will paint beyond straightforward representation, by distorting reality and using intense and non-naturalistic colour. The aim is to help you to develop a more personal means of expression in your painting.

Responding directly to the life model and still life, you will explore colour, mark, gesture and materials handling. You will be guided through a series of excercises, designed to encourage simplification and directness of means, and from this produce a significant series of exploratory paintings. You will be encouraged to make comparative critical judgements in reponse to your work, enabling you to take control of your development, giving you a stronger sense of personal direction.

Each day will begin with a slide show of relevant historical and contemporary artists, and will end with a review of the day's activities.

Teaching will be both on a one to one and group basis with plenty of opportunities for discussion and feedback.

Art movements that will be explored include Fauvism, German Expressionism, Abstract Expressionism and Neo Expressionism.

In order to maximise the production of work and the potential for learning acrylic paints are preferred due to their fast drying qualities.

By the end of the course you will have a greater understanding of the expressive potential of colour and the role it can play in the development of your own painting practice.


Timetable for courses more than one day in length

(The tutor may make slight variations)

Arrival Day

Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing a life model for one day.

What students need to bring

Please bring any of the below if you have them.

Available to buy

  • Acrylic paint including the following colours:
  • Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Orange Hue, Cadmium Red Hue, Process Magenta, Violet, Prussian Blue, Bright Green, Sap Green, Titanium White, Transparent Mixing White.
  • Brushes including some flat pastry style brushes up to 50mm wide. Generally large brushes are better as they encourage boldness and simplicity - also you can make a small mark with a large brush but it's hard to make a large mark with a small one.
  • Pallette - the bigger the better (within reason)
  • Heavy weight 370gsm paper will be available by from the tutor at a cost of no more than £10 per student.


Nick Bodimeade

Nick trained at Worthing and Wolverhampton art colleges, has taught at many UK schools, colleges and universties at all levels up to MA. He exhibits with St Annes Galleries, Lewes. Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel and the Porthminster Gallery, St Ives. Nick's work is held in many public and private collections including, The Contemporary Art Society, The Landmark Trust and the Government Art Collection. He is a Trustee of Fabrica, Brighton's leading Contemporary Art Gallery.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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