26th June 2018 Notan: The Art of light and Dark
Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

26th June 2018 Notan: The Art of light and Dark

Ever wondered why one artwork sings whilst another just looks ordinary? The answer is in black and white!

 ‘Notan’ is a Japanese word used to describe the balance of light and shade in a painting. Although most of us are unaware of it, the pattern of light and dark in a picture is the single most influential factor in our appreciation of any artwork.  Through a series of exercises and demonstrations we will learn how to design successful pictures every time.

This workshop is a real must for anyone looking to improve their understanding of how to make a picture feel balanced, interesting and memorable.

Using ‘notan’ you can determine whether a picture will succeed or fail in just 2 minutes!

Suitable for learners of all levels in all media, this workshop is also excellent for photographers and designers.

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27th June - 4th July: Art in the Algarve
Jun
27
to Jul 4

27th June - 4th July: Art in the Algarve

Art In The Algarve specialise in art holidays that provide a unique surrounding for artists of every background to learn or develop new or existing skills. If you love art and are looking to combine your passion with an art and a painting holiday in the sun, then Art In The Algarve is a perfect choice.

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21st & 22nd July: Mid-Shropshire Artists Open Studios
Jul
21
to Jul 22

21st & 22nd July: Mid-Shropshire Artists Open Studios

Visit diverse variety of professional artists in their studio-spaces, discover what inspires us on our creative journeys.

I'll be opening my studio for visitors for the weekend, along with several other Shropshire based artists in the Mid-Shropshire area.

Join me for a drink and a natter about my latest travels and paintings. 

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23rd-27th July: Marlborough College Summer School
Jul
23
to Jul 27

23rd-27th July: Marlborough College Summer School

Visit http://summerschool.co.uk/ for more info

In the mornings it will be all about Notan:

Ever wondered why one artwork sings whilst another just looks ordinary? The answer is in black and white! Notan is a Japanese word that refers to the balance of light and shade in a painting. The pattern of light and dark in a picture is the most influential factor in our appreciation of any artwork. Through exercises and demonstrations, we will learn how to design successful pictures that feel balanced, interesting and memorable. Using notan, you can determine whether a picture will succeed or fail in just two minutes.

And in the afternoons we'll look at colour:

Do you find it difficult to achieve accurate colour? Or, to make your paintings sing? Study with expert colourist, Vicki, on this exclusive course. First, learn to accurately identify and mix colours using a reliable method that works every time. Then, discover how to use colour to enhance your paintings in this useful and practical workshop. Focussing on how we can employ colour within our work we will learn about the creation of harmonies and how to create a 'palette' that will express the mood of your painting more clearly. This course is suitable for painters of all abilities, in any media.

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28th & 29th August 2018: Mastering Colour
Aug
28
to Aug 29

28th & 29th August 2018: Mastering Colour

Do you find it difficult to achieve accurate colour? Or to make your paintings sing?

Study with expert colourist and Michael Harding Paints ambassador Vicki Norman, on this exclusive course.

Taking a technical, academic approach to colour, first, learn to accurately identify and mix colours using a reliable method that works every time.
Then discover how to use colour to enhance your paintings in this useful practical workshop.

Focussing on how we can employ colour within our work we will learn about the creation of harmonies and how to create a ‘palette’ that will express the mood of your painting more clearly. Suitable for painters in any media with some previous painting experience.

Please book this course through Westhope College

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4th-8th June: Painting on Location in Cornwall
Jun
4
to Jun 8

4th-8th June: Painting on Location in Cornwall

Where better to study painting on location than in the home of some of Britain's best loved plein air painters? West Cornwall offers a unique quality of light and stunning coastline that has attracted artists for two centuries. The fishing villages remain as characterful as ever, and the beaches are still as idyllic as they were when the Newlyn School was founded, almost 140 years ago. This is one of my favourite places to paint, and I can’t wait to share its treasures with a group of up to 10 people.

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4th-13th May: Forgotten Coast en Plein Air
May
4
to May 13

4th-13th May: Forgotten Coast en Plein Air

A Plein Air Event Like No Other

Now in the 13th year of documenting the landscape and culture of the last vestige of authentic "Old Florida,”  Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America's Great Paint-out, is among the world's most prestigious plein air events. Artistic excellence and the production of investment quality art continues to be the trademark of this 10-day festival. As the event moves into its second decade, organizers are honing what makes the Forgotten Coast event exceptional. “With plein air events popping up all over the country, we realize the importance of focusing on quality and relevance. We have developed a three year program, transcending typical event content to focus on the reason why plein air painting is important, as well as how the process and the paintings contribute to a region’s resilience,” states Event Chair Joe Taylor.

May of 2018 will focus on the built environment. This human-made space in which people live, work, and recreate will showcase architecture, streetscapes, working waterfronts and historic sites. While each year will have a programmatic focus for the purpose of examination in the series of lectures, presentations and discussions, the collectors can be assured that the paintings will be a superb mix of subject matter and styles.

The invitational features 20 internationally acclaimed artists, as well as, six "Florida's Finest en Plein Air" artists honored as Plein Air Ambassadors, and the Plein Air Academy's Master Artist Faculty. Expanded exhibits, a Collectors' Forum, distinguished guest speakers, and surprises that will be fresh and new to the plein air community are all in the making! Book your reservations early for the best rates!

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28th & 29th April 2018: Beautiful Brushwork
Apr
28
to Apr 29

28th & 29th April 2018: Beautiful Brushwork

  • The Studio School at Three Hearts Farm (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Beautiful Brushwork with guest instructor Vicki Norman

$275.00

Painting is not just about creating pictures – it is about how we choose to apply the paint when we create pictures.

Suitable for painters in oils and acrylics, this workshop will focus on how to make your artworks more expressive and painterly.  Famous painters are often recognised by their brushwork; think of Van Gogh, Monet or Cezanne, this is because brushwork is the most personal and stylised aspect of painting.

Through exercises designed to increase both confidence and ability we will learn how to use brushwork to create your own uniquely expressive, beautiful artworks.  Starting with learning about various brush types and their uses we will then master a series of methods for applying both thick and thin layers of paint. 

The emphasis here is on learning how to create paintings with attractive, descriptive surfaces whilst maintaining the accuracy of the image.

 

Maximum of 12 students and a minimum of 6.

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Art of the Portrait: Portrait Society of America Annual Conference
Apr
19
to Apr 22

Art of the Portrait: Portrait Society of America Annual Conference

I'm looking forward to attending the 20th Anniversary conference of the Portrait Society of America in Washington DC, last year gave me so much inspiration and encouragement. 

"Oftentimes, the life of a working artist can be a rather solitary one. Throughout the last 19 years, many of our members have shared with us that our annual The Art of the Portrait conference is one of the few opportunities that they have to connect with other artists and become part of a fulfilling endeavour related to their interests and profession. This year we are celebrating 20 years hosting this major event."

 

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12th- 14th March: Urban Sketching in Bridgnorth
Mar
12
to Mar 14

12th- 14th March: Urban Sketching in Bridgnorth

Ever wanted to go sketching outdoors but don't know where to start? This workshop is just what you need! 
We'll spend the first day in the studio, tackling some fundamental drawing techniques before venturing out to enjoy sketching the characterful medieval town. 

After working out some practical considerations like where to sit and what materials to take, we'll look at ways to draw buildings and figures along with things to look for in a composition. Then we will explore Bridgnorth's many beautiful views, finding quiet corners and fascinating places to study. 

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15th February 2018: Figure in Colour
Feb
15
10:00 AM10:00

15th February 2018: Figure in Colour

A day of figure work focussing on the use of colour. We will investigate how to create realistic skin tones, how to use colour to express mood or emotion and how vivid colours can be used to create convincing images.  Suitable for all levels, though some prior drawing experience is useful.
Bring your own drawing or painting materials. 

Book this workshop through Westhope College

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11th Feb - 14th Feb: Oil Painting
Feb
11
to Feb 14

11th Feb - 14th Feb: Oil Painting

  • Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us as we take a relaxed, methodical approach to this versatile traditional painting medium. There are many ways to use oil paint and we will learn how to apply, control and enjoy all of its capabilities. We will look at how to get started, what paints and equipment are needed, and which colours to use.
Aimed at dispelling the many myths and misconceptions about using oils, this workshop is ideal for anyone who has always wanted to try oil painting but never knew where to begin.
Suitable for painters of all abilities. Paint and canvas paper can be provided if required. 
 

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9th Feb - 10th Feb: Drawing made easy
Feb
9
to Feb 11

9th Feb - 10th Feb: Drawing made easy

  • HIgham Hall, Bassenthwaite, Cumbria (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A relaxed, friendly course for beginners and improvers alike.  Learn the fastest, most accurate drawing methods, then enjoy putting them into practice and see how quickly your work can improve. 
Drawing is primarily a thought process, and this workshop will certainly give you some new ways to think about how you approach the creation of an image on paper!
Through a variety of methods and techniques you will gain a set of skills that can be applied to any creative process.
 

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6th-8th February 2018: Mastering colour 3 day intensive workshop FULLY BOOKED
Feb
6
to Feb 8

6th-8th February 2018: Mastering colour 3 day intensive workshop FULLY BOOKED

Take your control and understanding to a higher level with this 3 day intensive course on colour theory and colour mixing.

With a technical, academic approach to colour, first, learn to accurately identify and mix colours using a reliable method that works every time.
Then discover how to use colour to enhance your paintings in this useful practical workshop.

Focusing on how we can employ colour within our work we will learn about the creation of harmonies and how to create a ‘palette’ that will express the mood of your painting more clearly. 

Suitable for learners in all media. Some previous painting experience is necessary to get the most from this course.

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24th January: Introduction to oil painting
Jan
24
10:30 AM10:30

24th January: Introduction to oil painting

Join us as we take a relaxed, methodical approach to this versatile traditional painting medium. There are many ways to use oil paint and we will learn how to apply, control and enjoy all of its capabilities. We will look at how to get started, what paints and equipment are needed, and which colours to use.

Aimed at dispelling the many myths and misconceptions about using oils, this workshop is ideal for anyone who has always wanted to try oil painting but never knew where to begin.

Suitable for painters of all abilities. Paint and canvas paper can be provided if required.

Please book this course through Westhope College

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21st January: Introduction to oil painting
Jan
21
10:30 AM10:30

21st January: Introduction to oil painting

Join us as we take a relaxed, methodical approach to this versatile traditional painting medium. There are many ways to use oil paint and we will learn how to apply, control and enjoy all of its capabilities. We will look at how to get started, what paints and equipment are needed, and which colours to use.

Aimed at dispelling the many myths and misconceptions about using oils, this workshop is ideal for anyone who has always wanted to try oil painting but never knew where to begin.

Suitable for painters of all abilities. Paint and canvas paper can be provided if required.

Please book this course through Vicki, enquire here

 

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9th-11th January 2018: Drawing the head from a cast
Jan
9
to Jan 11

9th-11th January 2018: Drawing the head from a cast

This exclusive 3 day workshop is for anyone looking to advance their portrait drawing skills through studying the head as a 3-Dimensional form. Focussing on the planes of the head, we will draw from a plaster cast of a classical sculpture. With this method we can precisely control viewpoint and lighting to allow for a long period of study from a single position.

First, learn to identify the large planes of the head and neck, then study the individual features and how they relate to each other and the head itself.

Using either charcoal or graphite we will make several drawings from the same cast.

This workshop will be held in my own studio, with a maximum of 4 participants it offers the opportunity for an intensive study period as part of a small group with lots of individual advice and guidance as you progress.

Basic drawing skills are required for this course.
Easels, boards and materials can be made available on request.

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29th November: Painting with a knife
Nov
29
10:00 AM10:00

29th November: Painting with a knife

A playful, relaxed and informative day spent learning the art of painting with a knife. Using either oil or acrylic paints you will learn how to create the distinctive look and texture of a ‘knife painting’ through a series of simple, enjoyable exercises and demonstrations. Suitable for all levels.

Please book this course through Westhope College

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25-26th November: Mid Shropshire Open Studios
Nov
25
to Nov 26

25-26th November: Mid Shropshire Open Studios

We are a group of diverse professional artists/galleries based in mid-Shropshire, giving people an opportunity to visit our studio-gallery spaces to see us working and discover what inspires us on our creative journeys.

This is an ideal opportunity to buy original artwork direct from the artists and gain a real insight into our process.

I'll be welcoming visitors to my studio in Bridgnorth all weekend - I look forward to seeing you there!

Visit our Facebook page for more info 

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11-18th November: Bermuda Plein AIr
Nov
11
to Nov 18

11-18th November: Bermuda Plein AIr

One week in Bermuda will inspire you for a lifetime! Presented by the Plein Air Painters of Bermuda, the BERMUDA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL pays homage to the spirit and innovation of the great French Impressionists whose paintings were based on the belief that "you should trust your eyes" to capture the beauty that surrounds you. As with the old masters, contemporary plein air artists paint from life in the out-of-doors (en plein air), capturing moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. The art form requires that artists have stamina, focus, and the ability to be completely absorbed in the work regardless of what Mother Nature is throwing at them. There is no setting more perfect than BERMUDA - it is truly an artist's paradise!

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4th November: Introduction to Oil Painting with Michael Harding Paints
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

4th November: Introduction to Oil Painting with Michael Harding Paints

Join us as we take a relaxed, methodical approach to this versatile traditional painting medium. There are many ways to use oil paint and we will learn how to apply, control and enjoy all of its capabilities. We will look at how to get started, what paints and equipment are needed, and which colours to use.

Aimed at dispelling the many myths and misconceptions about using oils, this workshop is ideal for anyone who has always wanted to try oil painting but never knew where to begin.

Suitable for painters of all abilities. Bring any relevant equipment you already have.

Book this workshop through Pegasus Art Shop in Stroud

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14th Oct - 21st Oct: 5 Day Painting Retreat on West Coast of Scotland
Oct
14
to Oct 21

14th Oct - 21st Oct: 5 Day Painting Retreat on West Coast of Scotland

  • Harbour House, Crinan, Argyll (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Spend a relaxing 5 days on the beautiful west coast of Scotland. From our well appointed, listed building on the shore of Crinan's stunning natural harbour we will explore the local beauty spots and painting locations. Returning home to enjoy breath-taking views across the water from the comfort of the fireside.

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8th Oct - 13th Oct: Painting Autumn in the Lakes
Oct
8
to Oct 13

8th Oct - 13th Oct: Painting Autumn in the Lakes

  • Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Beginning in the studio, this course will give you the specific techniques and methods needed for painting on location. 
Discover how to plan a successful painting with just a few simple steps and some basic principles. Learn how to capture atmosphere and convey a sense of distance and scale in your paintings.  
Progress to making outdoor studies amidst the beautiful spring colours of the Cumbrian landscape. 
Suitable for painters in all media.

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26th Sep - 27 Sep: Painting on Location
Sep
26
to Sep 27

26th Sep - 27 Sep: Painting on Location

  • Westhope Craft College, Shropshire (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Beginning in the studio, this course will give you the specific techniques and methods needed for painting on location. 
Discover how to plan a successful painting with just a few simple steps and some basic principles. Learn how to capture atmosphere and convey a sense of distance and scale in your paintings.  
Progress to making outdoor studies of the beautiful Shropshire landscape. 
Suitable for painters in all media.

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9th Sep - 16th Sep: Art in Provence
Sep
9
to Sep 16

9th Sep - 16th Sep: Art in Provence

  • Art in Provence, Les Bassacs (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This painting course is set in the enticing landscape
of the beautiful Luberon valley, surrounded by cherry orchards, vineyards and olive groves, and impressive stonebuilt villages. In autumn the light mellows as the valley is carpeted with magnificent bronze vineyards.
This week will help you to deepen your understanding of the relationship between drawing and painting. We aim to inspire and relax you so that you can learn, share ideas and have fun, far away from everyday constraints.

Bookings and more info here...

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4th Sep - 8th Sep: Painting On Location
Sep
4
to Sep 8

4th Sep - 8th Sep: Painting On Location

  • Westhope Craft College, Shropshire (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The more I travel, the more I appreciate coming home to lovely Shropshire. The painting possibilities here seem endless, and there are certain times of the year when I find myself very sad to be packing a bag and heading off somewhere else to paint or teach. This is especially true at harvest time, I love watching the industrious gathering of crops and the warm colours changing each day. So this year, I've decided to stay at home, and share some of the secrets of this 'forgotten county' with a group of up to 10 people.

Bookings and more info...

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30th August: Learn To Draw In A Day
Aug
30
10:00 AM10:00

30th August: Learn To Draw In A Day

  • Westhope Craft College, Shropshire (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A day for beginners and improvers alike. Learn the fastest and most accurate drawing methods, then enjoy putting them into practice and see how quickly your work can improve. Drawing is primarily a thought process, and this workshop will certainly give you some new ways to think about how you approach the creation of an image on paper!

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31st July- 4th August: Marlborough College Summer School
Jul
31
to Aug 4

31st July- 4th August: Marlborough College Summer School

  • MarlboroughCollege Summer School, (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This year I'll be teaching two courses at Marlborough's ever popular Summer School.

Visit http://summerschool.co.uk/ for more info

In the mornings it will be all about Notan:

Ever wondered why one artwork sings whilst another just looks ordinary? The answer is in black and white! Notan is a Japanese word that refers to the balance of light and shade in a painting. The pattern of light and dark in a picture is the most influential factor in our appreciation of any artwork. Through exercises and demonstrations, we will learn how to design successful pictures that feel balanced, interesting and memorable. Using notan, you can determine whether a picture will succeed or fail in just two minutes.

And in the afternoons we'll look at colour:

Do you find it difficult to achieve accurate colour? Or, to make your paintings sing? Study with expert colourist, Vicki, on this exclusive course. First, learn to accurately identify and mix colours using a reliable method that works every time. Then, discover how to use colour to enhance your paintings in this useful and practical workshop. Focussing on how we can employ colour within our work we will learn about the creation of harmonies and how to create a 'palette' that will express the mood of your painting more clearly. This course is suitable for painters of all abilities, in any media.

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22-23rd July: Open Studios
Jul
22
to Jul 23

22-23rd July: Open Studios

We are a group of diverse professional artists/galleries based in mid-Shropshire, giving people an opportunity to visit our studio-gallery spaces to see us working and discover what inspires us on our creative journeys.

This is an ideal opportunity to buy original artwork direct from the artists and gain a real insight into our process.

 

I'll be welcoming visitors to my studio in Bridgnorth all weekend - I look forward to seeing you there!

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