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© 2019 Este MacLeod

© 2019 Explore Colour

The Still Life Course - Information

This four week long art course consists of a collection of still life themed projects. There is a strong focus on using drawings created in alternative ways, for inspiration and combining them with a variety of painting techniques to create expressive paintings. Colour is also a vital component of this course, used within the theme of still life painting in order to push boundaries and explore creative possibilities.

How does the course work?

Over the four weeks, students will explored painting and creating techniques within the different projects linked to a still life theme. Developing of individual artistic styles are important, with colour exploring and a range of painting techniques explained in various demos. The limited selection of GOLDEN fluid paint, as found in the principal set of 10 colours, is used in all the projects. Este will demonstrate how she uses it in her own paintings to obtain ‘visual texture’, paint in layers, do printing and stamping techniques as well as drawing, collaging and mixed media projects. Video painting demonstrations are used to explain techniques and ideas.  

Alternative drawing projects are used to discover or develop creativity in new ways. 

 

New projects added to this course explore composition and colour moods, different painting styles and additional applications of layering and techniques including acrylic skins.

‘The Still Live Course” sticks to a general still life theme in order to keep the focus on developing painting techniques and the basics of colour theory to discover possibilities that will be useful for individual artists; practices, regardless of their style of subject matter.

 

Artists of all descriptions will benefit from this course, regardless of ability and experience. 

If you love colour, want to develop your range of abilities, from colour sense to painting techniques, this month long course might just be for you.

 

Practicalities

A class portal on www.explorecolour.com will be accessible with a password. Video demos and instructions will be posted from this page.

A Facebook closed group page will be available to act as a virtual classroom where work can be shared, for questions and general communication.

Basic Course Schedule

5 June 2017  Course starts with a first week dedicated to exploring alternative drawing exercises to create reference materials. Mark making with the different paint brushes and materials will be demonstrated.

12 June: Colour and Composition. Week two, The limited colour range of the principal FLUID set will be used to create a wide spectrum of colours. A new way of exploring different compositions is introduced in this course with added projects, using collage and layering to prepare for the bigger projects.

17 June Let’s paint! 

Project one: Painting, shading and colour moods

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24 June: Project two: Mixed media, drawing on canvas with techniques to develop your style.

1 July: Do more with paint!  

Project three: Printing and scraffito techniques using acrylic gel as painting medium.

8 July: Skins

Project four: Layering and acrylic skins to explore new painting options.