12th January - Max Hale Moving Towards Abstraction - Acrylic Open to members only Limited places available so please pre-book
The workshop is aimed at: Artists who would like to try moving into abstract but are perhaps unsure of how to go about it. This workshop is an enlightening and flowing way of approaching this fascinating painting genre via semi - abstract then into full abstraction.
What is the workshop about: This is a hugely exciting day. It is a way to discover yourself and the artist within. The freedom of abstract will release your artistic self and is a remarkably energising process.
The workshop takes the artist through a straightforward initial process working with supplied object references, making exploratory drawings and exercises in semi-abstract. moving away from representational and a totally recognisable form. The morning is very much preparation in assisting a mind set change to develop not only visual but holistic and emotional skills that open the mind to true expression. The afternoon is a more personal journey using your own references. You will produce at least one abstract piece. This workshop is not just about making a painting but learning how to develop an inner understanding of your creative self and expressing it through paint. From construction and planning until completing at least one painting in the workshop session.
Max will demonstrate how using simple visual shapes can become a semi-abstract painting using 'overlay' techniques and will help you to grow your personal insight as you paint. He will work with you in stages to ensure a complete understanding of method and process
You will be shown how to lay out the objects provided and make an exploratory drawing
Using the skeleton drawing you will be urged to use your paint within these to semi-abstract
You will be asked to supply a set of references for your own use that could be visual, audio, kinetic and tangible or just a memory or emotion.
No rules exist for paint colours or applicators and you may bring brushes, painting knives, plastic cards, sticks, pens, cloths or just your fingers anything to make a mark that works for you.
Are there any workshop requirements? Some painting experience would be useful
What do I need to bring along?
One piece of still life, vase, book, fruit, flower, bottle, ornament soft toy, anything
Good quality cartridge pad or at least four sheets of A2 paper - please don't come with smaller sizes
A canvas board at least 40 x 50cm
Acrylic or oil paint selection of your choice
Flat or filbert synthetic or hog brushes suggested spread of sizes 4, 8, 10
A rag for wiping brushes (not tissue or kitchen roll)
Water pot/ diluents & palette knife to mix paint (if required) Low odour solvents only
Palette, preferably flat, tear-off or china/enamel plate
Charcoal or soft pencil
Please don't forget a cover for the table!
The Tutor carries a selection of materials to buy on the day if you have trouble locating or bringing the correct paint