Mixed and other media

Reclaim, re-use, rejuvenate your paintings with Chris Gilvan-Cartwright

Ref: S4D10273

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About this course

Shake up and re-energise your paintings using a playful and inspirational approaches to breathe new life into your work. Rejuvenate colour relationships, mixed media and acrylic painting techniques with expressive paintings from the life model.

Course Description

‘You can’t go wrong’ is the course ethos as you to learn to consider your ‘ugly duckling’ paintings as swans. On this course you will reclaim, re-use and rejuvenate your paintings, old and new.

You will be led by an inspirational tutor, Chris Gilvan-Cartwright, who teaches innovative approaches to painting from the figure, helping you to be braver and more confident with your practise. At times, you will be working both from the life model and intuitively responding to abstract painting processes. Each process will allow you to respond to the figure using mixed media and abstract techniques demonstrated by the tutor. These sessions will improve your mark-making and painting repertoire. You will draw and paint from a life model with a variety of long and short poses. The short poses will challenge you to respond quickly to your subject and gain confidence in working intuitively and expressively. The longer poses give you time to apply what you learn, to reflect on your painting and develop your ideas, to consider what makes a painting dynamic and how colourful imagery transforms your subject. The model will incorporate theatrical and dynamic poses to help inspire you.

By the end of the course, you will have gained a greater confidence in transforming your paintings, working with vibrant colour and compositions. You will have been taught to be braver, more expressive and have a new range of working methods to help progress your ideas and invigorate your paintings.

Materials week: Re-Seen 14-18 February

Caroline Wendling, Bronwen Gwillm, Elaine Bolt, Rita Parniczky, Chris Gilvan-Cartwright, Cara Wassenberg

This course is part of a themed week, RE-SEEN. With sustainability very much a focus of daily life now, this set of six courses explore a resourceful approach to creative work using found and up-cycled materials, and other materials often considered as waste. The primary objective is to employ an inquisitive, and playful approach in developing new work, while learning new skills and to developing thoughtful artworks or beautiful objects. The courses start on Sunday evening and finish on Thursday afternoon and you are encouraged to engage with those on the other courses.


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 model who will sit for the course. Two 50 x 40cm MDF boards, a grey card scraper and 4 sheets of 300gsm cartridge paper each plus newsprint to share amongst the group.

What students need to bring

  • If you have any old, unfinished or unsuccessful acrylic paintings that you don't mind working on top of.
  • Magazine or print out images for collage material/inspiration (bring what you can, West Dean College has some if not)
  • A range of brushes (including large decorators' brushes) and acrylic paints
  • Cardboard
  • Any items you may have from the available to buy list

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A range of brushes (including large decorators' brushes), acrylic paints
  • A1 cartridge white paper 300gsm x6
  • Sketchbooks
  • Willow charcoal, graphite sticks, black Indian ink, oil pastels, Glue (PVA or Pritt stick)
  • Optional – pre-stretched canvas


Chris Gilvan-Cartwright

Chris Gilvan-Cartwright, aka The Baron Gilvan, is a painter, performer and animator.
Graduating from Central St Martins he won the Royal Overseas League bursary to paint in India and Nepal. He designed the BBC Proms logos for two seasons, has exhibited extensively and performed at the Jerwood Gallery Hastings. Chris also trained at Kracow Academy of Fine Arts, Poland, and University of Brighton. He has taught over 20 years from Foundation to Degree level. Chris is a member of Central Illustration Agency and has illustrated 20 children's books, including 'Becoming Me', Frances Lincoln Publishing.


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

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