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Van Gogh sunflower painting workshop

Art Workshops in Wirral

'Van Gogh's Sunflowers' (SB003)

This workshop was last run in September 2014. Please contact me to request a repeat running of this workshop. Van Gogh's Sunflowers 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...

Step-by-step interpretation of a Van Gogh sunflower painting
Step-by-step tuition guiding students through the interpretation of a sunflower painting by Van Gogh

Van Gogh is one of my favourite painters and one of the main influences upon my work. This workshop will look at van Gogh's technique in relation to his sunflower paintings. Students will be guided through the reproduction of a section of one of van Gogh's sunflower paintings, following which a new sunflower painting will be produced from life.


10:00 - 10:30

A brief introduction to van Gogh's sunflower paintings. We will look at several of the artists works and discuss his approach.

10:30 - 11:30

Students will reproduce a section of a van Gogh sunflower painting. You will not be expected to complete this work. It will be used as a means to demonstrate working technique which you will then take into the afternoon session.

11:30 - 11:45


11:45 - 13:00

Continuation of work on reproduction painting.

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 15:15

Students will take what they have learned from the morning session into the production of their own work. We will provide a sunflower display for students to study.

15:15 - 15:30


15:30 - 17:00

Conclusion of students’ studies from life.

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 either traditional oils, water-mixable oils, alkyds or acrylics. By the end of the workshop you should have a finished sunflower painting in the spirit of van Gogh. Hot and cold drinks with nibbles will be provided, as will a cold lunch.

Painting sunflowers from life
Painting sunflowers from life during the Van Gogh sunflower painting workshop