LEARN: Expressive Painting & Drawing – The Flower as Muse

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360 Minutes
£ 70.50
Age Guidance: 18+
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Key artist: Vanessa Bell

Theme: Working from figurative observation towards simplification and abstraction

Focus on understanding how to move from figuration towards abstraction, exploring the visual elements of colour, tone, shape and composition. The session will introduce participants to techniques for understanding how to balance and create contrast between the visual elements.

All of the following painting and drawing materials are included in the price:

• Paints, drawing materials, canvas, paper, photos or still-life objects to work from

Not provided – please bring the following:

• Mixing palettes, water pots, aprons
• *optional: Table easel / your own brushes / your own photos / objects to work from

About the Expressive Painting & Drawing Series:

Rooted in C20 and C21 landscape and organic still-life genres, each workshop will explore one of the core principles of composition, colour, tone, shape, form, texture and line, providing participants with the foundations to achieve the level of abstraction / representation they are looking for in their artwork.

Focussing on increasing confidence and technical skills in acrylic painting and drawing, as well as pushing the boundaries of figuration / abstraction, these workshops draw on Sara’s own knowledge and painting processes, as well as taking inspiration from the work of other pioneering artists. A looseness of style, vitality and gestural marks are the hallmarks of Sara’s paintings.

During each day, Sara will guide you through tried and trusted ideas and techniques for creating expressive paintings. Each day will include a series of drawings and paint experiments, along with every participant creating their own acrylic painting on canvas (approx. 30 x 40cms).

Some days will include experimental and collaborative activities, intended to help loosen up and stretch participants’ ambitions, in addition to individual paintings and drawings.

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