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Details of Workshops May - June 2017
‘Create a painting inspired by the work of Joan Eardley’
Date – 6th and 7th May (Sat 1.30 – 4-30pm/ Sunday 10 am – 4 pm) (£30)
Led by award winning artist Rebecca Firth (BA(hons), MFA in Painting.)
This is an exciting opportunity to take part in a painting workshop inspired by a visit to the ‘Joan Eardley, A Sense of Place’ exhibition on at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. This is a two day event, with a visit to the exhibition on the Saturday and then, while ideas and inspiration are still fresh in the mind, a day’s painting on the Sunday, back in St Andrews.
Looking at other artists’ work is an important part of getting ideas for our own work, but this is easily lost if not acted upon. By seeing the exhibition and then the next day working on a painting based on what we have seen, we can put into practice the experience and inspiration.
This is a great way to experiment with a different style of painting from our normal way of working and to allow new ideas for our own work to emerge.
We will spend Saturday afternoon at the gallery, looking at Joan Eardley’s work. Rebecca will lead you through the process of actively developing ideas for your own work by looking at and analysing her work. You will make some notes and sketches and discuss and develop ideas for the next day.
We will particularly look at her technique –large, sweeping brushstrokes, her use of distortion and use of colour combinations.
There will be time to discuss preparations for the next day individually with Rebecca, look at paintings in detail together and also to just enjoy the exhibition.
On the Sunday we will start with short exercises using charcoal and pastel, in her style, and then work on one piece, either inspired by her landscapes, or her figurative works using oils, acrylics or mixed media.
Saturday: 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Meet at the front entrance of Modern 2 Scottish National Modern Art Gallery, Belford Rd, Edinburgh 1.30pm.
Participants are responsible for own transport to Edinburgh and ticket into exhibition (we have a half price discount - adult £4.50, (£3.50 concession) if at least 10 attend). Bring a small sketchbook or notebook and pencil.
Sunday:10am -4pm Prepared boards for acrylic or oils can be provided, but please bring your own canvas or board if you have a particular preference. Also bring your preferred medium, oils or acrylics. (a small selection of oils and acrylics will be provided if you want to experiment). Bring reference material – photos of landscapes- particularly around the East of Scotland, or photos of figures (some reference material will be provided if you are stuck for ideas)
Paper and charcoal will be provided for exercises at the beginning of the class.
‘Printing in Painting
4 PLACES AVAILABLE
Date - May 13th (10 am – 4 pm) (£25)
The workshop will explore ideas for adding simple printed elements to add interest into water-based medium paintings. Stamping, stencilling and transfer printing will be looked at alongside more traditional techniques using a variety of methods.
‘Enamelling’ Note – Maximum 8 participants.
1 PLACE AVAILABLE
Date – 27th May 10 am – 4 pm) (£40)
The aim of the workshop is to cover basic enameling skills and to explore how colour, texture and design ideas can be interpreted in enamel. Following a demonstration of the preparation and firing of enamels, I suggest the group work on a series of small test pieces on copper. Throughout the course there will be further demonstrations on specific techniques.(cloisonne, bassetaille, enamel with foils, ) This is a fine enameling course and I will cover the washing and grinding of enamels in preparation for wet packing, which allows much more scope for controlled and detailed work. It will also be possible to work on silver however I feel that it is worth experimenting on copper samples initially. The workshop is suitable for beginners and for those who already have some experience. As the kilns are fairly small, we will be working on a small scale. I will provide a variety of enamel samples which should excite and encourage, together with some fabric samples and images for inspiration. At the end of the workshop, everyone will produce a small item of silver enameled jewelry. Materials for the workshop; (provided) Two small electric kilns, mortar and pestles, enamels, small squares of copper, discs of silver for each participant, fine gold and silver foil, fine wire. *There will be further silver discs for sale, fittings for earrings etc.
OPTIONAL EXTRAS Participants can bring any enamels they may have, clean metal, fine paint brushes, scissors, an
4 PLACES AVAILABLE
Date - 3rd June (10 am – 4 pm) (£25)
From a close-up view of a micro still life arrangement of small, personal belongings, you will explore an area of this cluster, focusing on composition, line, tone, shape and pattern.
This will involve pencils or pen only, with no colour at this stage.
From the morning’s drawing(s) of your micro still life, you will refer to the same composition of objects but this time greatly enlarge it to give monumental importance to the tiny subject matter.
Here you will choose a limited colour palette, e.g. hot pinks and reds, verdant greens, cool blues, pale pastels or a pairing of complimentary colours….
AIMS: For everyone to have fun and achieve success by
a) Studying a very small arrangement of everyday objects in a strictly analytical way, then
b) Manipulating and magnifying this into a much larger final piece.
c) You will progress through observation with accuracy towards an enlarged, much more whimsical and expressive outcome.
Workshop – A Taster in Life Drawing.
Date - June 10th (10 am – 1 pm) (£25)
Sarah will lead a 3 hour workshop with a nude model to give members the chance to experience life drawing.
Charcoal and paper, advice and encouragement will be provided – just come along and find out about this increasingly popular discipline and how it can enhance your observational and drawing skills.
Never tried it before? A bit hesitant to sign up for a whole course but wanted to learn about the human form to improve your figure drawing? This is for you.