October 26th & November 5th - theme to be decided!
Monday 14th Sep 2020: Playing with Colour - We will go over some basics like mixing a
wash, loading the brush, working on dry paper, then wet-in wet techniques, splashes and spray,
and do a few small studies experimenting with these techniques. Please bring two or three
photos or sketches as reference material for the studies.
Monday 21st Sept 2020: Working with a toned background and white gouache - we will
try out some mixed media techniques on coloured paper, using black and white pens and
gouache paint together with watercolour, to produce lively watercolour sketches. Again,
please bring two or three reference photos to work from. Any subject matter is fine.
February & March 2020
I have booked the following dates with Doodles Ceramics studio in Marchmont, and am planning
to run a new "Acrylic Painting" course over these nights:
10th & 17th Feb, plus 16th & 23rd March
10th Feb: Working with Tone
We will work with a limited palette to understand the importance of using tonal range in our
paintings, including some compositional exercises as well as a more developed painting.
Working from small still life objects (e.g. fruits and vegetables), we will study light and shade
using tonal range.
17th Feb: Mixing Colour
A session to get to grips with mixing a range of colours from existing paint tubes, to create a more
natural and integrated look in your paintings. Exploring warm and cool colours, as well as opaque
and transparent. Working from landscape photographs (or your own sketches).
16th March: Exploring Texture
Working with different brushes and improvised tools to create lively mark making, and building up
interesting surfaces. I will also bring along some acrylic mediums for you to try out. Working on a
largely abstract basis, but with ideas sparked from your own photos or sketches.
POSTPONED Tutored Studio Time
In this session you are free to bring along any acrylic paintings you have been working on, or start
a new one in class, and I will give individual support and mentoring on how to address any
problems or further develop the work. (NB For anyone who has missed an earlier class, I can
provide materials for developing a new painting concentrating on one of those aspects, if you prefer)
I think this course will really
improve your painting skills, so please do come along and have a go!
ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED as usual,
but if you prefer to use your own brushes feel free to
Also, I will be providing paper
suitable for painting on, but if you would like to start a painting on
a small canvas or board (or a
larger one, for finishing at home) feel free to bring one in,
ready-prepared to paint