Moving away from realism with flower painting

Tuition FROM: Wednesday, 12 September 2018 TO: Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Tuition Type: Classes

  • Description
    Why does Jason think this course would be of value to you as a watercolour painter ?
    Flower paintings that are not photo-realistic, but transmit the joy of looking at flowers can be a delight to look at and intrigue the viewers who stand before them. Like traditional still life you can move the reference material about, become the set designer, place objects and colours where you want them. This perhaps explains why some of the most adventurous and inspiring watercolour painting in the last few years has been produced in the field of flower painting by artists such as Shirley Trevena, Paul Riley and Ann Blockley. Their use of collage to help think through abstracted compositions, playful paint effects, plus virtuoso brush work, have wowed watercolour painters all over the globe. So many artists I talk to want to paint something new and exciting emulating their style. But many sometimes find it difficult to move away from realism on their own, as they lose confidence in the more abstract ideas and inevitably drift back into traditional realistic imagery when rendering the materials in front of them.
    This course aims to build up your confidence to explore more adventurous interpretations of flower painting, by promoting an environment of adventure, where experimentation with compositions and colour are encouraged and undertaken by all, so that traditional realism becomes the exception rather than the rule. So, if you are willing to risk moving your art away from realism for ten weeks of fun experimentation, then this is the course for you.
    What will you do on the course ?

    It is planned that over the ten weeks you will explore the following:
    Become more aware of traditional compositions used in flower painting
    Consider how to re-think composing a flower painting image by working with collage
    Explore making the backdrops for your pictures by thinking like a set designer
    Try working creatively with stencils, stickers and masking fluid to enhance the level of pattern in your art
    Develop your own motifs to personalise your art through the creation of your own stencil shapes
    Dare to use a broader range of tones and strong colours
    Make dramatic modern watercolour flower paintings

    What will you need to bring ?
    Your watercolour painting kit including: drawing paper, drawing board, palette, water pots, paints, brushes, masking tape, kitchen roll and a pencil and pen.
    Please bring some photographs of flowers, or false or real flowers to each of the classes.
    Jason will advise you each week about the materials you will need for the following session. Anyone unable to attend a lesson should contact him by email and he will advise them on the materials needed for the following class.

    Email contact [email protected]
  • Location
    Newcastle Arts Centre
  • Artist
  • Media/Subject

    Media: Watercolour
  • Details

    Charges: £136

    Is Available:Yes

    Is Fully Booked: No


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