abstract, free, experimental colour

1. ABSTRACT IDEAS - Free Range Painting

Abstract Ideas, Free Range Painting  Wednesday 27th September   10am - 4pm     £58

Tutor: Marianne Ryan

Let your hair down with a lively day of colour and rich mixed media.  Experiment with colour in all shapes and forms, try out various techniques and tools. Launch into a stream of experimental colour studies, think big, think small, think specific, think vague, work at any scale you like - larger than life to postage-stamp. This course is a lot of fun - be prepared to get messy, and just bring the materials you like to work with. Marianne will bring all sorts of equipment to use during the day, ranging from watercolour and paper to ink and board, house-paint, brushes, pens, chalks, sponges, fabric and several different textures.  Starting off with a mini-slide show of wonderful colourful abstract paintings, we'll highlight different ways of using abstract colour to reflect your ideas and give you a real sense of freedom to push your boundaries. You will find exciting new ways of working and learn more about how to improvise with colour.   



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Linocut, Lino Print, antique press


Linocut for Beginners   Saturday 30th September  10am - 4pm    £58

Tutor: Jill Barneby

This is a good course for those who wish to re-visit this wonderful medium. Complete beginners are also most welcome.  Just one warning, Lino Print is totally addictive!  If you have never done any lino cut before, this is where to start.  Jill will lead you through designing and cutting a single block and how to make several different coloured prints from this.  Next learn how they can be imaginatively printed in different ways introducing yet more colour.

The blocks are printed on The Print Shed antique relief press.  It will be possible to make a small edition of prints.  Use imagery which has strong lines and remember that adding some decorative pattern also works beautifully, and do keep it simple.  For examples of strong but simple designs go to 'Google' and put linocut images into the search and check the images tab.



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drawing, pastel, charcoal


Tutor: Marianne Ryan  Drawing Lessons with Marianne    all three sessions £150.00, one or two session £58 each 

Three Consecutive Tuesdays - start date Tuesday 3rd Oct 10am - 4pm

i Dry Stuff - Tues 3rd Oct

Working with pencil, graphite, charcoal and  pastel, we will look at how to control these tools to get the effects you want. Develop your imagery by learning more about shading, blending and contrasting tones -  learn how to create accurate and dramatic lines to develop your own drawn images. Discover which tools suit your temperament andimagination, take off with your own flights of fancy!

ii Wet Stuff - Tues 10 Oct

Explore rapid and varied techniques with felt-tip pens, ink & wash, watercolour or gouache or even a mix of these.  On a range of surfaces these different mediums combine in fresh and unpredictable ways to fire your imagination.  Take time to study the various different surfaces and what effect they can have on your drawing.

iii Treasure Trove - Tues 17 Oct 

Ideas to inspire you to get your sketchbook out of the drawerand bring it into constant use.  Sketchbooks can be wonderfullittle libraries brimming with ideas, themes, colours, textures. Artists from Leonardo to Picasso made extraordinary and revealing sketchbooks, some crammed with observational drawing, some just simple notes and queries, some investigating different processes. Literally treasure bottled in a book!

Marianne will have plenty of materials for you to use but please bring along your own favourites too.  300gms cartridge paper is supplied; there will be mdf boards at cost price from £2.50.

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Mixed media, textures, ink, acrylic


Tutor: Marianne Ryan 

Wednesday 14th October   10am - 4pm £58

If you've ever wondered 'What if I mix this one with that one?' then this course is for you. Try the rich colours of ink and acrylic, the subtleties of graphite and chalk, the boldness of oil pastel, the delicacy of watercolour, and the glorious opulence of oil - we'll be using all these in various combinations.  In the morning we will begin with explorative studies then build up to a more specific project in the afternoon. Using different textures is exciting too,  we'll be finding ways to introduce an element of 3D, using various materials such as plaster, foam, and fabric - to name just a few.  

Marianne comes armed with an array of mediums and materials.  There will be some 300gms cartridge paper provided for student's use for trials pieces, also available to buy are primed mdf boards priced from £2.50.  Do also bring your own favourite paints and brushes and if you wish also bring a canvas or canvas boards for your final piece.



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collagraph, stencils, embossing


Pushing the Boundaries - Collagraph using layers, masking, embossing and layers of colour

Tutor: Victoria Keeble  Saturday 28th October   10am - 4pm   £58

Victoria is a professional printmaker, she originally trained as a textile designer at Falmouth School of Art and worked in the industry for many years. Following this she studied printmaking at Hereford Art College, her work is illustrative, Victoria also makes great use of pattern and texture. Her subject matter often incorporates classic legends and fairy tales typically featuring natural forms including animals, birds and mythical beasts.

During the day Victoria will show her students how to make several plates by cutting shapes, mark making and printing and then develop the images by using stencils, textured materials, embossing and layers of colour to create innovative and exciting prints. By moving the shapes about, re-cutting, re-inking and repositioning we will produce some really interesting results. As in previous workshops, experimentation is the name of the game!  Do bring your own sketch books, a scalpel or Stanley knife and basic drawing materials. Bring also any small amounts of interesting materials such as embossed wallpaper, textured nylon curtains, threads, dried leaves or whatever takes your fancy.

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