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Painting workshop

Art Workshops in Wirral

'Painting the Picturesque: Snowscapes' (SB009)

This workshop was last run on 10th December 2014. Please contact me to request a repeat running of this workshop. The workshop was initially run as a full-day workshop, but may be condensed to a half-day. However, the longer the day, the more we achieve! More information on my workshops...

With Christmas approaching, this seasonal workshop will focus upon the depiction of snowfall. It will explore differing approaches to snowscapes, and will guide students through the reproduction of a snow scene painting by an 'old master' painter. Under supervision, in the afternoon session students will then produce a new painting from a photograph.

The workshop will take place under my tuition in my home studio - a light and airy conservatory - in the Wirral. Student numbers will be kept to a minimum (2 or 3 students) to facilitate one-to-one tuition. The workshop will offer step-by-step tuition in an informal, friendly atmosphere, where students and tutor can bounce ideas off one another. It is my intention that students enjoy a productive, informative and fulfilling day. The class is suitable for beginners or more experienced artists. More information on my workshops...


10:00 - 10:30

A brief introduction to different approaches to the depiction of snowfall and an open discussion on technique.

10:30 - 13:00

Each student will choose a reproduction of an 'old master' painting. This may be a townscape or a picturesque countryside scene. Students will then be guided through the production of a copy of their selected painting utilising as many technical aspects of the original artist's technique as feasible. You will not be expected to complete this work. It will be used as a means to familiarise yourself with a working technique.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 17:00

Under guidance, students will take what they have learned from the morning session into the production of their own work. Students may provide their own photographs to work from or select one of ours provided at the class.

Please note that timings are approximate - I will make every effort to ensure that students are fully conversant with appropriate principles before moving on to subsequent stages - there is no rush and you will be under no pressure or expectations. Students may work in whichever medium - traditional oils, water-mixable oils, alkyds, acrylics etc. - you would prefer. I will produce a demonstration piece in oils prior to the workshop. By the end of the workshop you should have a finished snowscape painting and be familiar with basic elements of composition, application of paint and use of colour. Hot and cold drinks with nibbles will be provided, as will a cold lunch.