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Pastels En Plein Air

The term ‘en plein air’ is simply French for “in the open air,”  In the terms of this workshop it means that you will be using soft pastels to create quick sketches of the gardens and landscape around Westhope. Working outdoors gives you the freedom to express light, shade and movement that are constantly changing.

Your tutor will begin by introducing you to soft pastels and demonstrating some basic drawing techniques that will start you on your journey around the landscape. You will be shown how to look at your surroundings and how to compose your painting, learning about perspective and colour blending as you go. Weather permitting, you have the choice of finishing your work outside or inside the college.

Tutor will supply all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your course fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Thursday 25th July 2024
Tutor Carole Fisher
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3518
Fees £75
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Image above is of a student’s work on a previous workshop


Image above is of a student’s work on a previous workshop

Basics Of Drawing

This will be a relaxing and enjoyable workshop with individual advice and support to establish some basic drawing techniques and skills for you to build upon in the future.

We will look at all aspects of mark making using pencil and charcoal. Drawing with just line or creating shading and tone, you will learn some basic techniques that will enable you to develop your drawing skill.

We will be using a still life to draw from, so no need to use photographic references.

This one day workshop is suitable for beginners or those of you who are returning to drawing after a break.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop.  This cost is included in your course fee.

A picnic lunch will be provided.

Date Wednesday 21st August 2024
Tutor David Bannister
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3507
Fees £80
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Dynamic Drawing in the Landscape: Dry Materials

Taking inspiration from the gardens and landscape around Westhope College, this new workshop encourages you explore different ways to observe and record.

Working on large scale long and tall paper, you will work freely with earthy colours and monochrome to explore exciting compositions and movement.

Learn expressive, textured drawing techniques with charcoal, chalks and earth pigments.

If you have any chunky drawing materials that you enjoy working with then please feel free to bring these along.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your course fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Saturday 7th September 2024
Tutor Sophie Woodhouse
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3498
Fees £90
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Acrylics - Land, Sea and Skies

You will focus on some basic principles such as composition, colour mixing, and the whole process of developing a painting from start to finish.

You will explore the use of linear and atmospheric perspective; discover methods of interpreting a scene and how one might express a sense of place, the mood and energies within a land and seascape. Painting techniques and applications will be also be demonstrated.

This will be a relaxing and enjoyable workshop to focus on your art with individual advice and support.

Your tutor will provide some materials for this workshop, these will include one canvas board, loose paper and charcoal.

There will be various acrylic mediums available to use on the day. Acrylic paints (limited range and quality) will also be available for use if required. 

This cost is included in your course fee.

Students will be given a short list of materials and equipment to bring along to the workshop. 

This workshop is suitable for beginners to intermediate level.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 10th September 2024
Tutor David Bannister
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3508
Fees £85
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Chinese Brush Painting – More Designs For Kimonos

The Japanese Kimono is synonymous with Japanese culture.

Most kimonos are made from the finest materials decorated with embroidery and print. These patterns may include koi, fish, cherry blossom or abstract shapes.

In previous workshops, we have concentrated on producing one, large A1 size hanging  of the classical kimono outline, hand painted in the Chinese brush style.  In this workshop, we will aim at producing a selection of smaller size hangings, giving you the opportunity to experiment with a few different designs.  Our inspiration will be the autumn hedgerow and Japanese pattern.

Learn how to create simple but effective designs and images using Chinese brushes and inks. Discover how simple brushstrokes and colour can create beautiful patterns.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Wednesday 11th September 2024
Tutor Leo Donaghy
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3522
Fees £85
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Watercolour Workshop – Colour Matching

Sometimes it can be difficult to identify exactly the colour of the subject that you are observing, and to catch the effect with your paints.

This session will help you to analyse colours and to produce a clear, vibrant match with watercolour paints, using observation of, and creating an image of, real objects as a focus.

As well as colour matching, there will be discussion of watercolour materials and tools, plenty of explorations of drawing and brush techniques, and tutor demonstrations to help the process of capturing colour onto paper.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 17th September 2024
Tutor Clare Linford
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3565
Fees £80
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Image above is of a student’s work on a previous workshop.

Painting Flowers in Acrylics

Do you love flowers? Why not enjoy exploring the world of acrylics by creating beautiful and unusual flower paintings. This workshop will help you take inspiration not only from the natural world but from the traditions of folk painting and the freedom of Impressionism.

Your tutor will explain the different types of acrylic paintbrushes and other tools that are available and demonstrate some of the wide variety of techniques that acrylics have to offer.  You will be encouraged to experiment with different tools and textures and to paint on different materials to help you to find a style that you love.

You will be shown different ways to compose your painting and how to use and mix colours effectively. Beginning with simple sketches of flowers using paint, you will build up to a complete work on a small canvas board.

Tutor will supply most materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your course fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Thursday 19th September 2024
Tutor Carole Fisher
Time 10.00am – 3.30pm
Ref 3519
Fees £75
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A ‘Snail’ Sketchbook

Make simple 'snail' folded pamphlet sketchbooks ( no sewing required) and use each page to explore unusual compositions in Westhope's walled garden.

You will make a view-finder to help find interesting view points and decide what is important in a composition.

Begin with thumbnail sketches of different views, for example a path, a natural window, ground level, an intersection, then work on a larger 'snail' concentrating on detail and tonal contrast.

Learn how different viewpoints affect the atmosphere of a drawing, as do strong contrasts of light and shade.

You might stick with a medium that you are used to or try something new.

Basic materials will be provided but do bring any medium you like working with. If you are confident using colour, then do bring along your favourite watercolours.

Tutor will supply all basic materials. This cost is included in your course fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Wednesday 25th September 2024
Tutor Sophie Woodhouse
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3530
Fees £90
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Still Life Drawing – Flowers and Textiles

A still life created in the centre of the room from a mixture of different fabrics, ceramics and fresh interesting flowers.

Focus on quick warm up sketches and different ways to accessibly get into drawing. Experiment with continuous line, mark making, pattern and shape.

Learn  how to use view finders to crop small sections of the still life, helping to focus on a defined area and to compose your artwork effectively.

You will then extend into longer length and larger drawings for a more focused time, utilising the skills you have learnt in the morning and giving you more choice in your decision making.

This workshop is aimed at showing students a more free and accessible way of sketching. It is not a technical drawing class.

Tutor will provide most of the materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your fee.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and improvers.

A light lunch is provided.

Date Thursday 26th September 2024
Tutor Sophie-Nicole Dodds
Time 10.00am – 4.00pm
Ref 3482
Fees £80
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Upskill Digital. Art and Photography

An introduction to digital art and photography using an Ipad, Smart phone or tablet. We will be using specific apps that will allow you take and edit photographs, and use images in a creative way. We will explore the world of layers and filters and being creative with a stylus or your finger tip!

By the end of this session students should be able to;

  • Install and use the basic tools within the apps.
  • Take a photograph with their digital device, edit and manipulate an image in the app and then share the image or email the image using Wifi.
  • Print a digitally created image onto paper.

Students will be required to bring along the following;

Ipad, Iphone, android phone, tablet.
Stylus pen compatible with the device you are using.
Charger.
Note pad and pen to make notes.

You will need to bring your own devices with the apps already downloaded. Instructions will be provided to enable attendees to download and install specific apps to their devices prior to the workshop.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR DEVICES ARE FULLY CHARGED BEFORE YOU ARRIVE  FOR YOUR  WORKSHOP.

This workshop would be ideal for those struggling with digital media and for those who wish to improve their existing skills.

Date Thursday 10th October 2024
Tutor David Bannister
Time 10.00am – 1.00pm
Ref 3509
Fees £50
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Watercolour Christmas Cards

Paint a simple festive robin in watercolour, and use copies to produce a set of high quality Christmas cards for favoured friends and family.

After some quick exercises to learn the basics of watercolour painting, the tutor will help you to create an image for your cards. Your painting will then be photocopied and quality card blanks will be provided to assemble a set of your cards to take home. A copy of your painting can be emailed to you to enable you to make more cards if you wish.

Tutor will provide all materials for this workshop. This cost is included in your course fee.

This workshop is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

A light lunch will be provided.

Date Tuesday 15th October 2024
Tutor Clare Linford
Time 10.00am – 3.00pm
Ref 3566
Fees £80
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Painting Portraits in Acrylics - 2 Day Course

You will learn about the proportions of the face and how to obtain a likeness by making preliminary sketches and tonal drawings before preparing your canvas and making a tonal under-painting.

You will begin with colour preparation and mixing, then applying paint using brushes and palette knives.

This will be a chance to explore various techniques and approaches to painting in acrylics while capturing a likeness in your portrait.

By the end of this two day course, students should be able to;

  • Compose and set out a tonal drawing and under-painting on canvas.
  • Mix and apply acrylic paints and use acrylic mediums using brushes and palette knives.
  • Create a likeness in their completed portrait.

Your tutor will supply some basic equipment, canvas, paper and acrylic mediums. This cost is included in your course fee.

On booking, students will be given a list of items that they will need to bring along on the day. 

This course is suitable for students wishing to improve their skills in portraiture and in the use of acrylic paints.

It is also suitable for students who have some basic drawing and painting experience and who wish to explore portraiture. 

A light lunch is provided on both days of your course. 

Date Wednesday 30th October 2024
Thursday 31st October 2024
Tutor David Bannister
Time 10.00am - 4.00pm
Ref 3510
Fees £160
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