Foundation Level 1 – (FB1)
4/5 week 3 hour beginner’s class or indeed an improvers class who are not familiar with all the materials on the market, how to prepare canvases and boards and techniques such as grisaille and glaze, ebauche, maximising optical techniques, composition and design.
Typically, we do a set charcoal or pastel drawing to warm up, then 1-2 paintings depending on what is set – so we do on:
Week 1 – a local landscape in grisaille and glaze (Technique)
Week 2 – a painting in ebauche and then a little seascape (Technique)
Week 3 – a study of a painting by Monet (Technique)
Week 4 – a monochrome painting by Matisse (Composition)
Week 5 – a floral painting set by me (Design)
During the break while we have a cuppa and a biscuit and I’ll take you through a different set of notes each week on either materials, artists, composition, technique and design.
Please bear in mind the paintings that I set for this workshop are purely to give you the basics in drawing and painting.
Foundation Level 2 – FB2
4/5 week 3 hour beginner/improver’s class where we carry out charcoal/pastel drawings with figures, flowers, and works by Van Gogh, Munch and Picasso. We also carry out oil painting studies by artists such as Caillebotte, Monet and Peploe. During the tea/coffee break we run through a set of notes on gothic to early Renaissance art and the key artists.
Foundation Level 3 – FB3
4/5 week 3-hour improver class we carry out studies of charcoal/pastel drawings by Matisse, Surat, Picasso, a seascape and 2no. 15mins sketches – one a self portrait and the other from memory. The paintings are getting a little more complicated and will take 2 nights – and we prepare studies by the fauvist Vlaminck and Van Gogh and a little monochrome self portrait. During tea/coffee, we look at the following art movements – all the ism’s – Fauvism, Neo-impressionism, post-impressionism, cubism and a dedicated session to Monet.