Painting - Water Based

Acrylic ink painting – movement and vibrant colour with Christine Forbes

Ref: S3D09495

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About this course

Experiment with translucent and opaque brushwork to create vibrant studies. Build your confidence with acrylic ink as you work through a range of exercises, inspired by the East, to some finished pieces.

Course Description

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.

Techniques include:

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.

Group review.


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.

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.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing you with a set of inks.

What students need to bring

  • Please wear old clothes as ink stains
  • Bring any of the available from the shop items if you have them
  • Pring drawing materials to the first session

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • HB Pencil
  • Graphite stick 8B
  • Plastic eraser
  • Knife/pencil sharpener
  • A4/5 sketchbook
  • 2/3 sheets (A1) cartridge paper (140gsm cut into 8 sheets)
  • 1 sheet (A1) Hot Pressed Fabriano paper (300 gsm cut into 8 sheets)
  • Masking tape
  • Glue stick (Pritt)
  • 2 daisy palettes
  • Brushes: Soft wash brush, size 20. Nylon (round) - sizes 10, 6 and 2; Rigger size 2, Additional round nylon brushes (approx size 6) will be useful


Christine Forbes

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 16 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.


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

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