Investigate and experiment with simplifying form, shape and colour in the landscape, using acrylic paints and mediums to develop your own unique visual expression. Use a variety of tools, painting surfaces and approaches to encourage a freedom and spontaneity in mark-making. You will learn to extract the essentials of shape and form in the landscape and develop the confidence to intentionally manipulate all the elements in front of you to create your own unique style. You will learn to playfully experiment with exaggerating form and shape, explore changing proportions and manipulate colour to encourage the elements of chance and the incidental in your painting. Through this intuitive and intentional process you will allow the form and composition of your subject to be teased out as you add and remove paint, using techniques of thin washes and thick impasto. You will work both from sketches performed in the landscape, as well as from memory and from inspirational images or objects as you allow your subject to emerge. The tutor will offer one-to-one support and guidance towards finding your own process and expression. You will explore what brings a painting to life, considering contrast, focal points and perspective.
By the end of the course you will have gained confidence in your use of identifying what to add and what to leave out in developing a more abstract approach to form, shape and colour, in order to create exciting and dynamic paintings. You will have gained insight into the processes and materials that inspire a freedom of expression and un-bounded mark-making in your work, taking home a number of experimental painted studies and/or completed paintings.
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)
Maggie Feeny has been a teacher and professional artist for over 30 years. She trained in Bristol, London and Brighton and has taught painting and ceramics. She curated exhibitions in her Artist's Open House, Brighton, attracting artists from London, Cornwall and neighbouring counties. Maggie's work is exhibited nationally in both private and public spaces.