Large scale expressive figure painting with Gary Goodman

Mixed and other media

Ref: SLW11361

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About this course

Make large scale paintings with a series of playful and inspirational approaches to painting from the life figure in order to create colourful, bold and expressive paintings using mixed media and acrylic painting techniques.

Course Description

This playful painting course explores expressive figurative painting in acrylics from the life model with both nude and clothed poses incorporating narrative backgrounds and theatrical make-up to gain fabulously bold, colourful, abstract and expressive paintings on a large scale.

The focus will be on colour, abstraction and mixed media techniques. You will start by making a series of quick drawings and studies from the life model who throughout the course will incorporate a theatricality to the poses to inspire your work. You will then move onto acrylic painting and explore abstract figurative paintings by looking at form, colour, texture and scale. The course will help you to explore making bold and colourful expressive paintings, experiment with mixed media techniques and work on a larger scale format.

You will broaden your knowledge of painting and increase your confidence in depicting the figure from both observation and abstraction. Gain knowledge of different approaches and techniques to loosen up and improve your ability to work on a large scale.

Led by an inspirational tutor, you will be guided through demonstrations, exercises, discussion and one-to-one tuition which will help you develop your painting and playful attitude to making work.

A playful and practical approach to painting from the model is encouraged on this partly structured course which covers:

Course includes:

Ideas and Inspiration to being more playful and freeing up your approach to painting

Acrylic painting techniques/expressive mark making

Painting from a life model

Line to colour and bold compositions

Larger scale painting

Form, colour and abstraction


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 until 9pm, 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


  • On this course the College will supply some mateirials including large Fabriano cartridge paper rolls to share, newsprint paper, white emulsion paint, some acrylic paint, PVA glue, Pritt stick, charcoal, oil pastels, coloured ink, masking tape, brown paper tape.
  • The model who will sit for the course

What students need to bring

  • Acrylic paint – white, black, include additional colours ie red/ blues/ yellow etc.
  • You’ll be working on large scale so bring enough paint and a range of brushes.
  • (optional)
  • Any household emulsion paint colours (if you have any left-over colours to use up) large household paint brushes.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • All of the above.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


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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