Painting and expression – develop your own visual language with Gary Goodman

Painting - Subject Led

Ref: S3D10867



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About this course

Creatively explore and identify themes and approaches in your painting. Work towards a personal knowledge of your subject to increase your familiarity and expression. Explore materials, scale and techniques to create more considered works.

Course Description

Develop and focus your work and ideas using your primary studies, sketches and observations. Referring to your sketchbook and the four finished pieces you have brought along to the course, you will work from these as the basis for your creative development.

This course begins with an initial collaborative practical session.

You will then show work you have brought along, discuss and consider furthering your creative practice. This will include practical work and both group and individual tutorials in order to promote your individual and independent working process. You will be encouraged to explore materials, scale and techniques to aid in enhancing your skills. You will also develop strategies that use drawing as the basis for creating more considered and consolidated work.

The tutor introduces artists to support your development such as Pablo Picasso, Anselm Kiefer and others, who returned over-and-over to a theme or subject matter, constantly working closer to an intimate involvement and knowledge of the subject so that the familiarity allowed more freedom of expression.

You will receive guidance and suggestion to aid in identifying relevant subject matter to push forward and expand your own personal language.

At the end of the course, you will have individually and independently advanced your initial findings into a finished body of work. You will also have gained clarity on how to plan and further your chosen theme, and approach, to create more consolidated and considered works. You will leave with strategies and ideas on how to further develop your creative process.


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

What students need to bring

  • A recent sketchbook, and four finished works from a similar source, either from observation or imagination.
  • Some drawing materials and paper for the first evening practical session.
  • Your preferred drawing, painting, collage, printing materials; including; specialist papers, canvases, boards and other surfaces.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A wide selection of drawing, painting, collage, printing materials; including specialist papers, canvases, boards and other surfaces.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Some paper and collage materials can be purchased from the tutor as required.


Gary Goodman

Gary Goodman is an internationally renowned visual artist and poet. He has taught in various universities, colleges and other institutions since 1987, and has exhibited and read his poems in many places around the world. His artwork is featured in many publications and his poems published in a variety of anthologies.


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

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