Painting workshop - simplification
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Art Workshops in Wirral

'Simplify Paintings' (SB013)

This workshop was last run on 22nd April 2015. 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...

Step-by-step guide to the simplification of complex subjects
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Many amateur artists struggle to cope with complex subjects. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the complexity of some subject matter, be it a busy street scene, a sailing ship or even a basic still life. On a regular basis, the amateur painter will find themselves prematurely reaching for the small brushes, worrying over the small details without considering the picture as a whole.

This workshop attempts to demonstrate a logical, step-by-step guide to the production of simplified artwork from potentially overwhelming subject matter. It seeks to imbue students with a working methodology with which they are able to approach complex subjects panic-free, without resorting to the small brush before its time is due.

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 - 13:00

Following a brief introduction, students will be guided through the re-production of a demonstration painting, following my step-by-step guides.

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 are encouraged to provide their own photographs in order to make their work more personal.

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 two finished paintings and be familiar with basic elements of composition, application of paint, use of colour and working methodology. Hot and cold drinks with nibbles will be provided, as will a cold lunch.

Learn how to simplify paintings
Learn how to simplify paintings