Art Courses

Colour Pencil

Colour and graphite pencil is one of the simplest in form yet most perfect of the art mediums. Fine details, beautiful design and stylish colour can give you gorgeous results.

Colour pencil is for the patient, you will learn how to build up your layers to achieve deep colour. Your drawing skills will be perfected as you learn observation, interpretation and application.

3 sessions, once per month - Saturdays 10-1

Next Start Date : January 12th 2019

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Oil Painting

A wonderfully sensual medium that is a classic and much easier to grasp than many would think. Oils capture genuine depth and atmosphere, gorgeous blends and a sense of mystical realism.

You will learn how to prepare and build up your composition, de-mystify all the mediums and additives and of course produce some wonderful work!

4 sessions, Tuesday Mornings 10-30 to 12.30

Next Start Date : January 8th 2019

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Acrylic Painting

Possibly the easiest of the bunch, expressive, immediate and bold OR subtle and detailed with balanced composition, acrylics are adaptable in so many ways they truly embrace versatility.

You will delve into planning a composition in both structured drawing and loose paint techniques. Designing the colour pallet for the piece, along with special effects techniques and how to suggest detailing.

4 sessions, Thursday Mornings 10.15-12.15 (portraits only)

Next Start Date : January 10th 2019

OR

4 sessions, Wednesday Evenings 7-9

Next Start Date : January 9th 2019

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Some of the work created

Please click on any of the images to learn more about them.

Where to find us

Hawbush Community Gardens, Brierley Hill DY5 3NQ

Watercolour Workshops

Dynamic and evocative, watercolour captures the energy and passion of wildlife and nature urging us to explore and invent our own interpretations.

In these workshops you will learn how to handle the unexpected delights of wet into wet techniques as well as many special effects applications. Brush control, paint mixing and all the basics are included in step by step demonstrations suited to beginner and more advanced alike.

Please be aware that you must book onto these workshops early enough to be able to carry out any preliminary work which you will be given full instruction for shortly before the start date.

Single workshop 10-4

Next Workshop : December 13th 2018

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Open Art

This session is all about personal development, how you want to paint with some structure and guidance. You can work along with how I am painting and the medium I am using or follow your own style and medium choices for the set subject.

Group demonstrations will be given where a certain technique or effect may be relevant or more individual one to one guidance as needed.

The sessions will cover narrative composition, drawing and sketching skills, how to use reference such as photos and combine all this to produce individual artworks from a similar source material.

It is recommended that some small amount of artistic understanding will be preferable but it is not required.

4 sessions, Tuesday afternoons 1-3

Next Start Date : January 8th 2019

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RECOMMENDED MATERIALS

Art Materials come in all budgets, please be aware however that cheaper brands will often not deliver a satisfying experience.

OILS

Basics

Table top easel

20x16" canvas boards

Pallet, jars, charcoal, eraser

DIY grade white spirit

Artist grade turpentine

Refined linseed oil

Brushes

1" filbert

No. 8-12 round

1/2" Filbert or Flat

No.2-3 detail

I use soft nylon rather than coarse bristle. Purchase from Hobbycraft or Rosemary & co

Oil Paints (Georgian artist grade or Winton)

If you are on a budget buy a set pack first (with at least 6 colours) which will cover most eventualities.

Earth Colours

Raw Sienna

Burnt Sienna - most required

Raw Umber

Burnt Umber

Yellow Ochre

Yellows

Cadmium Yellow (deep)

Naples Yellow - optional

Greens

Sap Green

Viridian Green - optional

Pthalo Green - optional

Torquiose - optional

Blues

Cerulean Blue

Prussian Blue

Pthalo Blue - optional

French Ultramarine

Violets

Cobalt Violet (or just Violet)

Purple Lake - optional

Reds

Alizarin Crimson

Permanent Rose (or magenta) - optional

Cadmium Red light or medium - optional

Cadmium Orange (or just orange) - optional

Tints & Tones

Paynes Grey or Black

Titanium White

ACRYLICS

Basics

Table top easel

20x16" canvas boards

Pallet, jars, charcoal, eraser

2B Pencil, white chalk, rag

Brushes

1" filbert

No. 8-12 round

1/2" Filbert or Flat

No.2-3 detail

I use soft nylon rather than coarse bristle. Purchase from Hobbycraft or Rosemary & co

Oil Paints (Georgian artist grade or Winton)

If you are on a budget buy a set pack first (with at least 6 colours) which will cover most eventualities.

Earth Colours

Raw Sienna

Burnt Sienna - most required

Raw Umber

Burnt Umber

Yellow Ochre

Yellows

Cadmium Yellow (deep)

Naples Yellow - optional

Greens

Sap Green

Viridian Green - optional

Pthalo Green - optional

Torquiose - optional

Blues

Cerulean Blue

Prussian Blue

Pthalo Blue - optional

French Ultramarine

Violets

Cobalt Violet (or just Violet)

Purple Lake - optional

Reds

Alizarin Crimson

Permanent Rose (or magenta) - optional

Cadmium Red light or medium - optional

Cadmium Orange (or just orange) - optional

Tints & Tones

Paynes Grey or Black

Titanium White

PENCIL

Basic

Plastic eraser and Putty rubber

Mechanical eraser - optional

Electric eraser - optional

Basic A4 sketchbook

Kitchen roll

Craft knife (for sharpening) or sharpener

Paper

Any good grade paper will suffice however there are considerations to be made with regard to surface texture. Very smooth will produce different visual results to textured, likewise very heavily textured paper will not suit all subjects - personal research is advised.

I use Hot Pressed Watercolour paper with a smooth to satin finish.

Graphite

A full set of 'B' graded pencils with possibly a 2H for very light work. My personal preference is Faber Castell brand which can be bought from most art stores but any of the recognised art brands will be ideal.

Colour

A full set from whichever brand is the most ideal but this can be expensive so I would suggest a minimum of a 36 set. There are a number of excellent brands available, Derwent, Caran d'Ache and I use all of them but my most used is Faber Castell Polychromos range.

Cheap coloured pencil will struggle to achieve the results sort after in these sessions.

WATERCOLOUR

Basics

A3 (minimum) Winsor Newton paper (300gsm / 140lb) or better

Masking Fluid

Small watercolour sketch pad

Pallet, jars, 2b pencil, eraser

Kitchen roll

Small hair dryer - optional

Brushes (Quality should be at least - Hobbycraft or Rosemary & co)

1" flat or wash

No. 6-8 round

No.2-3 detail

No. 0 Fine detail

Mop - optional

Rigger - optional

Watercolour is very technique heavy and you will find that over time you will come to prefer brushes that may differ from these suggestions

Paints (Tubes only - PANS UNSUITABLE)

If you are on a budget buy a set pack first (with at least 6 colours) which will cover most eventualities. The hues suggested here are from the Cotman range by Winsor Newton, I use Daniel Smith which will often have different names.

Earth Colours

Raw Sienna

Burnt Sienna

Raw Umber

Burnt Umber

Yellow Ochre

Sepia - optional

Yellows

Cadmium Yellow

Greens

Viridian Green

Torquoise - optional

Blues

Cerulean Blue

Prussian Blue

French Ultramarine

Indigo - optional

Violets

Dioxazine Violet

Purple Lake

Reds

Alizarin Crimson

Permanent Rose (or magenta)

Cadmium Red Deep

Indian Red - optional

Winsor Orange

Tinting

Ivory Black

Chinese White

White gouache

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