Weekend workshops 2021

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All materials are provided

Kenneth Le Riche: Expressive Life Painting

£150

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th March

 

 09:30 – 4.30pm 

This Weekend Workshop will look at placing the figure in an invented space to examine and deconstruct the basic elements of figure painting. Starting with the fundamental practice of drawing and painting a figure, students will move on to deconstruct their observational work and find their own way of abstracting what they see. The course will cover how to create an illusionistic space and integrate the figure into it. There will be a focus on each student finding a visual language that connects the figure and surrounding space and exploring how the artist can reveal elements of an image’s construction. On the first day students will use acrylic and mixed media while on the second day students will work with oils as their final passage of paint.

All necessary materials will be provided and light lunches and refreshments will be available. Please notify us at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements

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Ginny Elston: Experimental Drawing; Abstracting Space

£150

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th April

9.30am - 4.30pm

The workshop will focus on how to depict objects and space in new, unusual and dynamic ways. We will be looking at how to relate to and represent our surroundings in a more abstracted way, encouraging different methods of creative response through the act of drawing and redrawing our environment.

 

The first day will begin with a comprehensive slide lecture which will illustrate the concepts of the workshop and will provide visual inspiration for the day. The morning and mid-morning sessions will consist of a series of 20 – 40 minute guided drawing experiments with demonstrations. The afternoon will consist of one larger, more sustained drawing using ideas formulated in the morning.

 

Over the course of the second day, a limited palette in dry materials will be introduced to help push students’ drawings forward through the use of limited colour. The afternoon will again push students to work dynamically on a larger scale with the skills they’ve learnt, and will finish with a group critique of the works.

 

Jonathan Shearer: A Sense of Place

£150

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th April

9.30am - 4.30pm

In this workshop we will look at ways of exploring our response to the Moray landscape and coastline. Working in sketchbooks on location we will look at how we collect information and respond to structure, texture and colour and how we put these elements together to create exciting paintings.

 

Back in the studio we will work on ways to create paintings and drawings from our collected images. The aim is to go beyond representing what we see literally and allowing our creative and emotional response to direct our paintings.

 

This is a 2 day workshop and I will provide illustration and demonstration over the 2 days.

All necessary materials will be provided and light lunches and refreshments will be available. Please notify us at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

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Olivia Irvine: Egg Tempera Workshop

£150

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th May 

 

9.30am - 4.30pm

Learn the ancient technique of egg tempera, used by medieval artists, icon painters and contemporary artists. Natural powdered pigments are mixed with egg yolk to make paint. Thin translucent layers are built up over a gesso panel to create luminous colours.

You will learn how to make and apply gesso to a panel, how to make egg tempera paint and how to build up the layers. Traditional and experimental techniques will be demonstrated.

You will go home with a completed panel as well as several experimental works on paper. There will be books and images from you to work from, or you may prefer to bring your own idea in the form of a sketch.

Images

Egg tempera palette

Pigments

Stronsay – egg tempera on gessoed linen

All necessary materials will be provided and light lunches and refreshments will be available. Please notify us at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

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Ginny Elston: Personal Pathways; the artist's journal as visual research

£150

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June

9.30am - 4.30pm

Combining word and image across a small journal, students will find a personal way of drawing out what they find interesting about a particular environment they are located in. This workshop will provide students with key skills of how to research and formulate ideas about the world around us.

During the first day, the morning will be spent looking at examples of artist journals, as well as images and texts, before moving on to preparing our journals using various types of mixed media. The remainder of the day will be spent around the Moray Art Centre and its environs, gathering information and reflecting on ideas.

Over the course of the second day, students will be encouraged to push their methods of working, to transform the journal’s potential from sketchbook to artwork. We will have a final showing of everyone’s work before the end of the second day, with a chance for students to talk about their journal, and their experiences.

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Jonathan Shearer: Improve your Painting and Drawing Skills

£150

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th September

9.30am - 4.30pm

In this workshop we will look at a variety of ways to improve and sharpen up our skills. We will look at all varieties of media and materials. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to try out media you have never used before.

 

We will cover all aspects from composing your paintings to how to apply chosen medium. This is a 2 day workshop in which we will start with sketches and looking at how we scale up onto canvas and how to take a sketch/composition through to a finished painting.

 

The weekend will be a mixture of technical tips and advice through to more exciting ways to manipulate the medium. I will provide illustrations and demonstrations.

 

All necessary materials will be provided and light lunches and refreshments will be available. Please notify us at time of booking if you have any dietary requirements.

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