The aim of this course is to help students loosen up and find their own style, progressing from simply copying to interpreting the subject.
We will work from reference material provided; sometimes from photographs, sometimes still life, frequently referring to the work of great painters from the 20th century and before. Each week we take a different approach or theme, which, when combined together, will provide a firm base for individualisation and experimentation.
Elements studied will include working with acrylics – from washes to impasto; colour-mixing; mark-making; working with the pallet knife, how to create atmosphere and expression in your painting; as well as a continual assessment of tone, form, contrast and composition.
Students should bring their own acrylics, plenty of paper to experiment and paint on, a canvas if wanted, brushes, paint pallet (for example a paper plate). Bring along your own easel if you wish. We may also work with charcoal and pencil from time to time.
We strongly advise booking your tickets to this activity in advance, as places are limited and we do not accept reservations (which means arriving on the day may result in disappointment). Booking in advance also helps our workshop leaders to prepare your session and plan for any additional access needs you may have.
About Sara: Sara Dudman RWA is a painter, drawer and art educator. She studied Fine Art at Loughborough College of Art and Design and gained her Masters at De Montfort University. She exhibits extensively including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The National Open Art Prize and The Jerwood Drawing Prize as well as regularly exhibiting in New York, London, Cornwall and Hamburg. She was elected an RWA academician in 2016. Her rich career includes teaching, lecturing and advising on art in universities, schools, museums, galleries and The National Trust. A deep curiosity about relationships and places underpins her creative practice and is fuelled by regular residential research trips throughout the British Isles and beyond. She lives and works in Somerset, and currently (during August) has an exhibition at The Brewhouse of her work, alongside work from some of her students.
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