Offering the opportunity to broaden individual styles, this course encourages
students to develop personal projects from existing ideas and interests. The course includes some demonstration and technical guidance, while focusing on individual development. This course is best suited to those with some experience in painting. Core materials are provided.
Techniques in oils, watercolours, and acrylics will be explored, including looking at mediums, surfaces, and brushes. Students are encouraged to choose their own source material – including working from photos, portraiture, and still life. There may be opportunities to work outside in the gallery’s garden.
The aim of the course is to develop a way of working with paint that suits you. This could involve finding the best subject matter or medium for you to work with. While the course structure introduces areas of exploration – e.g. colour mixing, composition, and perspective – the aim is for these sessions to enrich and develop your own personal style.
“My expectations were that I would be encouraged and inspired and I am! In spite of my limitations in the skills area and I'm becoming more able to convey the 'meaning' behind what I am doing. [The] course has continued to also inspire me to gain a better understanding of contemporary art and I have made good friends through the course with whom I now regularly meet to visit exhibitions together Student, Summer Term 2011.
Matthew graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2009. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and regularly leads workshops with adults and children.