Make paintings en plein air that capture the sensations and
atmosphere of the summer landscape as you learn techniques in
painting with watercolour and gouache. Embrace the vistas, colours
and forms afforded by the land and gardens in your work.
On the first evening there will be introductions, a short practical activity and discussion about each student's painting kit - any queries about pigments, papers and brushes can be raised here.
Your tutor will provide exercises in colour mixing, and guidance on the individual qualities of watercolour and gouache as well as strategies for working outside. You will grow in confidence in your use of materials, understanding of colour mixing and efficiency in working outside.
Frances will demonstrate how to paint with a portable kit and limited palette so that you are ready to respond to subjects anywhere outdoors. Students need to be able to walk about a half a mile with materials on their back. It is important that students enjoy working outside.
For this course your subject matter will be located within walking distance of the studio. Time on location will be informed by group teaching and reviews in the studio. Watercolour and Gouache can be combined in any one painting, your work may be a combination of both. You may decide to bring watercolour OR gouache. That is absolutely fine. You will understand how your choice affects what you want to achieve/ what you can achieve during this course.
Frances will offer an optional 'long-shadow' session on the last evening at 8pm. This will last for 30 minutes- one hour. Non residents may like to arrange to stay for this. The sun sets at 21.56 but the low sun offers much of interest.
By the end of the course you will have learned to capture the aliveness and drama of early summer in your painting, developed strategies to work more confidently outdoors, increased your knowledge and techniques in painting with watercolour and gouache as well as your understanding of colour and colour mixing.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. 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.
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.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Frances completed a post- graduate teachers' training course at Goldsmiths' College and an MA in Printmaking at Wimbledon School of Art. Frances works on location with local materials and water based paints.