Start with observational drawing, then experiment with
translucent and opaque brushwork techniques to create vibrant and
dynamic studies with this versatile medium. Build your confidence
with acrylic ink as you learn to work intuitively. Discover how
paper behaves in relation to ink flow as you develop your ideas
through to personal conclusions.
Discover how to manipulate and experiment with vibrant, full-on, acrylic coloured inks. You will draw and paint both from plants and the landscape and also refer to imagery brought by the tutor. The partially structured programme encourages you to develop a personal approach to your subject. Through a series of exercises you will build your technique and confidence, investigate and extend your visual vocabulary and explore the mobility of acrylic inks.
An opening talk is followed by some observational drawing work. The tutor presents classical and contemporary Eastern approaches to ink drawing then encourages you to extend this further to develop your own interpretations of your subject. You are shown how to use the brush to best advantage and engage with the tactility of the ink. You also learn how the paper can behave in relation to the flow of the ink.
Visual aesthetics as well as working techniques are then brought together as you move towards some final pieces and a more intuitive and creative way of painting.
There will be plenty of one to one guidance and demonstrations to help you open up and extend your painting experience within a mutually supportive environment.
By the end of this course you will have explored a new and exciting medium and gained a solid, practical base on which to develop new work.
Drawing from observation.
Mark-making, colour and brush handling.
Finding the flow of the ink.
Exploring transparency and rich colour.
The paper surface.
Incorporating additional ideas and motifs.
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)
Christine Forbes is a Sussex artist and graduate of Northbrook College, Worthing. Her background is in design, acting, fashion and catering. She has been teaching for over 12 years (both adults and children) and includes: The National association of Gifted Children and HMP Ford. She continues to work for private, club and corporate clients. Christine exhibits regularly and is a member of the Sussex Watercolour Society. She runs her own gift card business.