Summer School 2020!

Alan McGowan:

Expressive Figure Painting

6th to 10th July 2020

 

This workshop will concentrate on developing the relationship between life drawing and painting whilst considering mark-making, colour and the handling properties of paint. The consideration of accuracy of observation and measurement will be looked at in relation to freedom of expression, exploration of materials and engagement with an expressive and individual painterly language. 

 

We will begin by looking at how we approach creating the figure on canvas through drawing - firstly making several drawn studies in both dry materials and oil paints, followed by longer paintings. The topics we will focus on in the class will include composition; drawing and measuring; mark making; tone; and the differing qualities and characteristics of paint. Other topics will inevitably crop up, such as colour palettes, and these will be discussed on an individual basis as they arise.

All levels welcome!

For more information on Alan McGowan & the course please follow the booking link bellow.

All materials & light lunch provided

Price: £350

£315 with Early bird discount!

Diane Main:

Inspired by nature

13th-17th July 2020

 

In this week long deep dive into drawing and painting we will be taking inspiration from nature, creating sketches, studies & creative responses, in the landscape, the woodlands and amongst the flora and fauna. We will be developing these outdoor studies, from pencil, ink and watercolour, into paintings developed in the studio.

 

Join us to work in a supportive and relaxed environment to develop your skills in drawing and painting and enjoy the stunning Moray landscape. Whether a complete beginner, or experienced artist, you will gain huge value from taking the time to focus on developing new work in response to the beautiful environment surrounding the Moray art centre.

All levels welcome!

For more information on Diane Main & the course please follow the booking link bellow.

All materials & light lunch provided

Price: £350

£315 with Early bird discount!

Celia Forestal Smith:

Get the WOW factor!

Intuitive Abstract Painting

27th-31st July 2020

 

In this course we will be ‘playing' with Composition, Tonal Values, Colour, Textures, Risk, and Soul in order to make your work stronger, giving it a ‘wow’ factor. We will learn about what makes us feel alive in our lives and become more conscious of the range of differences we use in our work to become more discerning and authentic in our art making. Experimentation, listening and trusting your intuition are the keys to unlock your development as an artist.

We will be painting on a series of 3-6 primed hardboard panels using a wide range of materials such as acrylic paints, pencils, oil and chalk pastels, collage, texture gels, glazes and gloss medium for finishing. We will use a variety of tools as well as paint brushes, such as trowels, rollers, gel plates, straight edges, and squeegees.

All levels welcome!

For more information on Celia Forestal Smith & the course please follow the booking link bellow.

All materials & light lunch provided

Price: £350

£315 with Early bird discount!

Ginny Elston:

En plein air: Oil painting by the sea

3rd-7th August 2020

Students will learn techniques in working with oil paint outdoors, improve colour mixing skills and confidently apply oil paint wet-on-wet. They will learn how to assess a colour’s tone, hue, temperature and saturation in relation to those around it, in order to build up rich, vibrant paintings of the environment surrounding the Moray Art Centre. The week will also allow students to synthesise the information they have gathered outside and continue working on their ideas back in the studio.

Ginny Elston is a Scottish artist and educator, whose interests lie in the languages of painting, drawing and printmaking, as well as installation art. Following her undergraduate BA Hons in Art History and French, she went on to study painting for 3 years at the Leith School of Art in Edinburgh. She began her teaching career there in 2013, and has since worked for the Edinburgh Drawing School, the Edinburgh International Festival and was Foundation Course Leader at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China from 2018 -2019. 

All levels welcome!

For more information on Ginny Elston & the course please follow the booking link bellow.

All materials & light lunch provided

Price: £350

£315 with Early bird discount!

Brigid Collins:

Portfolio preparation

 

6th to 10th July 2020

 

This short course will introduce students to and encourage experimentation in a range of interesting and exciting activities, based on a first year foundation course at art college. By initially exploring ways of finding inspiration, as well as how to look and to think creatively, students will learn how to make considered and personal visual responses to a subject. Using sketchbooks and through group discussion, while also exploring how other artists approach the research and development aspect of making work, each student will be encouraged to uncover a personal direction for potential subsequent development. 

Examples from sketchbooks and portfolios will be shown and guidance given on what is required for a successful UCAS application, with the intention of demystifying the process.

 

This is an ideal course for anyone interested in studying art and design and who would benefit from being guided in the direction of making work that could become part of a portfolio supporting an application to art college. 

For more information on Brigid Collins & the course please follow the booking link bellow.

All materials & light lunch provided

Price: £275

£250 with Early bird discount!

Owen Normand:

Portrait painting 

20th-24th July 2020

 

This course will guide students step-by-step through the process of making a painted portrait.

Starting with sketches in charcoal students will be taught the basics of portraiture, such as how to measure proportion to achieve a likeness. They will then learn how make a monochrome underpainting to determine the tonal values of the portrait. Finally they will learn to mix colours and create finished portraits in acrylics.

 

Working from a live model, students will make several finished portraits during the week, thereby practising and consolidating what they have learned.

 

This course is suitable for students with some previous knowledge of drawing or painting.

For more information on Owen Normand & the course please follow the booking link bellow.

All materials & light lunch provided

Price: £350

£315 with Early bird discount!

Olivia Irvine:

Working with pigments:

Egg tempera & other techniques

27th-31st July 2020

During this week you will learn how to make your own paints from raw pigments. The techniques of egg tempera (pigment and egg yolk) and gesso making will be demonstrated. You will experiment with egg tempera in contemporary and traditional ways on paper and gessoed wooden panels. Other binders, such as glue and beeswax, will open up further approaches.

With a range of new techniques and materials at your disposal, you will be encouraged to engage with a variety of subject matter. Using the natural surroundings of Findhorn, as well as studio set-ups and your own ideas, you will produce a range of studies and finished paintings that will glow with intense and subtle colour.

All levels welcome!

For more information on Olivia Irvine & the course please follow the booking link bellow.

All materials & light lunch provided

Price: £350

£315 with Early bird discount!

Jonathan Shearer:

Exploring paint outdoors

10th-14th August 2020

This course will look at a variety of ways to approach painting and drawing outdoors. We will look at all aspects from working in sketchbooks, collecting information to painting on a large scale outdoors.

Each day will hopefully be spent at a different location, in the past we have painted seascape at Hopeman Beach to the forests on the river Findhorn.

During the week I will do a series of demonstrations on a variety of techniques working in situ and I will also provide a variety of reference material on other plein air painters.

We will also look at the type of kit and prep you need to paint outdoors.

We will also have use of the large studio at Moray Art Centre to use as a base and it will also be used to spend some studio time looking at how to develop and work from information and images made on site.

 

 

 

All levels welcome!

For more information on Jonathan Shearer & the course please follow the booking link bellow.

All materials & light lunch provided

Price: £350

£315 with Early bird discount!

Kirstie Cohen:

 

Explore Different Media in Landscape Painting

 

13th-17th July 2020

 

On each day of the course Kirstie will introduce a different media e.g. Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and explore their qualities and possibilities that each present. Starting with a demonstration with landscape content, she will explain the components that are needed to create a successful art work and different ways of making effective and dramatic statements.

The subject matter can come from direct primary sources e.g. working from life, photographs, drawings, sketch book material or collective memory and imagination. It is during the process of working that Kirstie will guide the student through, helping them with which ever medium is chosen, identifying any issues that arise and resolving the problems together. Moving gradually from small scale experimental pieces to a larger scale more evolved and completed painting.

All levels welcome!

For more information on Kirstie Cohen & the course please follow the booking link bellow.

All materials & light lunch provided.

Price: £350

£315 with Early bird discount!

Susie Wilson:

Printmaking

20th-24th July 2020

 

Printmaking is an exciting discipline as it allows a variety of responses from delicate, linear drawing to bold, expressive mark making. Over the week Susie Wilson will introduce monotype, collagraph, and dry point, inspired by initial drawings made in the surrounding landscape of Findhorn.

 

Working on various scale, students will be encouraged to look at colour and mark making and will be shown ways to translate their ideas into print using multiple plates. The work of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Ben Nicholson, Ivon Hitchens and contemporary printmakers such as Katherine Jones will be looked at and by the end of the week students will leave with a set of prints.

All levels welcome!

For more information on Susie Wilson & the course please follow the booking link bellow.

All materials & light lunch provided

Price: £350

£315 with Early bird discount!

Kenneth Le Riche:

Responding to the landscape in oils

3rd-7th August 2020

 

This workshop will give students the opportunity to work on one large painting from nature, over the course of five days.

Taking inspiration from the landscape around the Moray Art Centre, students will look at different approaches to painting. Using brushes, rags, sandpaper, palette knives and fingers as tools, students will work on drawings and studies which will form the basis of a larger painting. 

Demonstrations will explore the nature and qualities of oil paint and mediums such as linseed oil, turpentine, stand oil, encaustic, damar varnish and liquin to accelerate the oils drying. Throughout the week students will be encouraged to look at ways of analysing and modifying a painting; observing space, abstraction, colour and texture to create a sense of atmosphere and expression. In doing so, students will develop skills in visual perception and expressive improvisation to find and build their own visual language.

All levels welcome!

For more information on Kenneth Le Riche & the course please follow the booking link bellow.

All materials & light lunch provided

Price: £350

£315 with Early bird discount!

Naomi Ojima & Jean Floyed:

Life expressing itself: Exploring creativity through making artwork

10th-14th August 2020

In this workshop we’ll be exploring our inherent creativity.  Along with making artwork, using different techniques and materials, we’ll introduce you to an understanding of how we work as human beings & the practical implications this has for us in making art (as well as in all other areas of life!). 

 

We’re always safe to create; the only thing that makes us feel insecure at times is what we’re telling ourselves. The deeper we see the truth of that, the freer we feel to have a go without so much riding on the outcome. Life becomes more playful, with continual opportunities to explore & experiment.   Once you start to see your creative nature more clearly & to live it more fully, life gets way more interesting & exciting.  You’ll see the reality that life - including art – is always full of possibilities.

The workshop is suitable for anyone who’s curious to deepen their understanding of their own creativity so that they can express themselves more freely & joyfully. 

All levels welcome!

For more information on Naomi Ojima, Jean Floyed & the course please follow the booking link bellow.

All materials & light lunch provided

Price: £350

£315 with Early bird discount!

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