1) Can you tell me where I’m going wrong?
by Chris Francis BA FRSA UA
Starting with an initial one-to-one session, Chris Francis helps you find the direction you want to go, to enjoy and show your potential as an artist – developing your own techniques and style.
He will advise you on suitable courses, arrange individual or group surgeries and advise on methods and materials for you to create the works that satisfy you. There is also practical suggestions on how and where to exhibit.
The overall aim is for you to develop your own vision, to paint and draw for yourself and not for friends and relatives and certainly not for you to merely slavishly copy established schools or artists.
2) Never be frightened again…
On this course students are shown how to build pictures using fast drying acrylics for underpainting and then drawing with oil pastels or wax crayons.
It is especially useful for those who feel daunted by the rigours of watercolours or find that oil paint quickly muddies the water. With this freer approach, any fear of the blank canvass or sheet of white paper is suppressed. In fact, the use of MDF and other sub-strates is encouraged to free up the creative process.
The overall aim is for students to develop their own visions, those who want to paint for themselves and not for friends and relatives and certainly not for those who want to copy established schools or styles
As a result, the whole course is designed to show how mistakes can be readily rectified and pictures rescued.
The course begins with structuring compositions, incorporating, defining and refining shape and form. Via the combination of paint and the clarity obtainable with oil pastels or wax crayons, students then learn how to build up luminescent colour and tactile, tangible texture, whether it’s a still life, portrait or landscape.
3)Lose your fear of life…
Chris Francis BA FRSA UA stimulates students to bravely create life paintings using acrylic underpainting and drawing with oil pastels or wax crayons.
Initially students are encouraged to boldly develop compositions from photographs or initial sketches to layout basic shapes and colours.
From the basic design, developed using the acrylic underpainting, students learn how to refine the shapes and define the forms with crayons and pastels within the picture.
Throughout all stages, students are able to check and recheck proportions, tone and hues so mista
- Future Tuition:
Name: Chris Francis Date of Birth: May 2nd 1946
Address: Acme Studio
165 Childers Street
London SE8 5JR
King Edward's Five Ways School, Birmingham
College of Further Education, Sutton Coldfield
College of Art, Stoke-on-Trent (now Staffordshire University)
March 2000 – to date
Studio at 165 Childers Street, Deptford, SE8 5JR
Work exhibited at: Mall, Westminster, Wine, Stark and John Jones Galleries (in London), West Street Gallery (Faversham) plus Fisherton Mill (Salisbury); Well Hall Pleasance (Eltham), Hall Place (Bexley), Trinity Arts Centre (Tunbridge Wells), St Alfege's Millennium Exhibition in Greenwich. Participated in deptfordx arts festival and the Affordable Art Fair (Battersea). Shown in City headquarters of London Chamber of Commerce & Industry
July/September 2004 - River and Rowing Museum (Henley)
Participated in the Childers Street Open Studios 2001-5
August 1991 – to date Lecturing and Consultancy (Freelance/Part-Time Basis)
Cavendish College, College of North West Kent, College of North West London, London Institute, London Metropolitan University, West Kent College and Westminster College.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Member of Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Chief Examiner (Advertising) and Examiner (Public Relations) for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations Board and Assistant Examiner – IPR Advanced Certificate
Council Member of the Institute of Public Relations and member of IPR Education and Training Committee. In 1994, involved in organising IPR Careers Day to create pattern for subsequent events.
Publications ‘How to pass advertising' published by the LCCI.
Articles for A+I and The Artist
Adult education classes at Sir John Cass College and adult education institutes in his home town of Birmingham and the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Lewisham and Bexley. Residential courses including the Slade Summer School.