Hone Your Painting Skills

Art |
24th April 2024 – 26th June 2024

This course has already started but there may be places still available. Please contact our Box Office for more information 01539 725133 or email boxoffice@breweryarts.co.uk

Hone Your Painting Skills | Wed 24 Apr to Wed 26 Jun | 7-9 pm | £142 (9 wks) | 16+ yrs | Tutor Catherine MacDiarmid | Studio 3

Working with acrylic or oil paint you will be guided through some different painting projects, designed to develop your painting skills and the creation of painted compositions. Some different starting points will be explored during the first 6 sessions, with time to personalise your practice in the final 3 weeks.

What will the class cover and how will it be taught?
On this course, you will explore some different painting techniques – from limited palettes and colour mixing, to layering up and composing paintings. You will learn through painting from objects (like still life) and images (sketches, digital or photographs), learning about what makes a good painted composition and what techniques best suit a subject. Through an experimental approach to painting, your mark-making language will expand and allow a personal style to develop and grow. You will be encouraged to work at easels each week.

Methods of learning in the course:
This course will be taught through a series of demonstrations and practical activities. Looking at other artist’s paintings, the work of peers, and having one-to-one time with the tutor will facilitate your individual learning to enable you to achieve on this course.

Who is it suitable for?
This course is suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh or learn to use acrylic and oil paint.

Important Information
There is no session on 29 May.

What do I need to bring?
All painting materials need to be provided by the students. The first class will deal with equipment considered necessary by the tutor for use during the course.

Please bring:-

  • Basic set of acrylic or oil paints (5-6 colours plus white will do).
  • A range of brushes.
  • Material rags.
  • Tray, large lid or similar flat surface to use as a mixing palette.
  • A large surface to paint on each week (paper is fine for this).
  • Gesso primer (or make sure your surfaces are primed prior to each lesson).
  • Clips to attach paper to boards.
  • A small notebook and pencil
  • For Acrylic painters:-
  • Water spray bottle.
  • Any Acrylic painting mediums that you want to try – like Retarder, Glazing medium etc.
  • Water pots.
  • Some grease-proof paper.
  • Small sponge.
  • For oil painters:-
  • Solvent in a lidded glass jar for washing brushes (turps substitute, white spirit etc)
  • Solvent or oil as a medium to dilute paint when necessary (pure turps, Zest It, Sansador, Linseed oil, Oil medium etc).
  • Palette knife

When using art materials your clothes could potentially get dirty so you may wish to dress accordingly.

If you have any queries regarding materials, please contact our sales team who can put you in touch with the artist tutor: boxoffice@breweryarts.co.uk

Are there any additional costs?

About the tutor

Catherine MacDiarmid is a local artist who has exhibited widely, including exhibiting in the BP Portrait in 2001/2, New Light Art Tour 2021/22 and 2023/24 (of outstanding Northern based Artists) and regularly at the Mall Galleries, London.  Catherine has won many awards for her art, most recently being the Watercolour Materials Award in the Jacksons Painting Prize 2023. She is an elected member of The Lakes Artists Society and appeared in Sky Portrait Artists of the Year 2014, 2018 reaching the semi-finals in 2019.  As well as completing private portrait commissions her work is in collected internationally and she works from her studio in Kendal.  Her artwork focuses on the human form and portraiture in both drawing & painting.

Catherine MacDiarmid

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24th April 2024 – 26th June 2024

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