Acrylics are a versatile media in that they allow you to play with tone, colour and texture. Acrylics can be successfully applied to paint both the smaller details and larger implied and suggested brushmarks and subjects. On this course the tutor will help you explore your options so that you can make paintings with greater vitality and life.
You will explore mark-making techniques and how to use them to create interest. Subject selection is personal, but the tutor will challenge this to nudge you out of your comfort zone so that you can create more individual and exciting work.
You will learn how to use warm and cool areas in your painting to create focus. The degree of detail is personal, generally 'less is more' to allow the viewer to have input into your work. With acrylics you can be bold with colour. Working from dark to light enables you to alter your end result as your work progresses. Options are endless, flexibility is key. The tutor will share these and other guidelines and rules when using acrylics. He will also help you to expand your choice and encourage you to look at the alternatives - not to play safe all the time.
By the end of the course you will have produced five or six studies of both landscape and structured work. You will have gained confidence in working with acrylics, and knowledge and tips to produce exciting paintings full of life and atmosphere.
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)
People and Architecture are the main focus of Brian's watercolours striving to capture mood, light and atmosphere in daily life. His paintings have been exhibited at The Mall, Bankside and the RWA Bristol gaining awards. He has written articles for International Artist, The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines. He now demonstrates and tutors Watercolour nationally.