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Introduction to Abstract Painting Workshop

This one day workshop for adults will guide students through basic concepts of abstract art using a still life as subject matter. Experienced tutor and professional painter of over 15 years, Ochre Lawson, will lead students through a series of abstraction exercises based on master artists to help you understand abstract compositional ideas and basic colour theory. Students will start by using willow charcoal and chalk pastel to do a series of works. These ideas will then be transferred to a canvas to continue the concepts on a larger scale exploring different brushstrokes and painterly application.

You will learn:

  • Skills in observation and simplification of form 
  • How to see line and form and break up space
  • Compositional ideas around weight of shapes
  • How to create a sense of depth in abstraction
  • Basic colour theory
  • About different brush strokes and applications of paint
  • About different abstract artists and their approach

Introduction to Watercolour with Landscape

In this fun and informative one day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of using watercolour and pencil to paint the landscape. Painting with watercolour is a challenging yet wonderful way to render the landscape being light weight and water based. Professional landscape artist and experienced tutor of over 15 years Ochre Lawson , will facilitate the workshop with demonstrations of different watercolour techniques using both pencil and watercolour. Ochre uses watercolour and pencil in her own art when she is getting her source material for solo exhibitions. She will also talk about different master artists and how they interpreted the landscape with watercolour.

Things you will learn

  • How to divide space in the landscape 
  • Basics of landscape composition
  • Perspective and proportion in the landscape
  • How to use limited watercolour
  • Different watercolour techniques and brushwork
  • About Chroma, Hue and Tonal effects 
  • About Master watercolour artists 

Introduction to Expressive Painting Still Life with Flowers Workshop

In this fun and challenging one day workshop students will learn the fundamentals of painting in an expressive style with a still life of flowers as subject matter. Looser brush marks and colour theory will be explored to create a painting by the end of the day. Students may use either acrylic or oil paint. Master artists will be referenced and experienced tutor Ochre Lawson will demonstrate different painting and drawing techniques. Ochre is a professional artist of more than 15 years working in an abstract expressionist style. Her approach to expressive painting is observational but loose. Ochre’s approach to teaching is structured with demonstrations of techniques, showing images of different artists work and step-by-step instructions .

You will learn about:

  • how to draw and paint from observation
  • how to measure basic proportions
  • how to see and paint tone
  • how to mix a colourist and limited colour palette 
  • How to use a variety of brush marks
  • About historical and contemporary artists
  • How to set up a painting palette, basic colours, brushes and materials