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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Final Project 25 February 2016

As a few of us were missing today here is a reminder of what we are doing net week (25 February).

We start our final project next week. This will last for 4 weeks. BUT bear in mind there is no class on 10 March.

The final project is to work on a sand textured ground of white acrylic paint mixed with clean sand. The ratio of paint to sand is experimental/trial and error - if you want more "bite" to the surface add a bit more sand in the mix. The only note of caution is too much sand in the mix could mean the paint will not stick to the paper.

You need to bring in to class next week the following:

1. Acrylic paint - white (or any could you have already). You will need either a small tub size or two large tubes for the right quantity.

2. Clean, fine sand: Janice has kindly agreed to buy a bag for the class which you can all use and pay her in class. But if you already have your own sand then please do bring it in. Make sure it is clean i.e. play sand not construction sand.

3. Size: Ideally A2 or A3 watercolour or acrylic painting paper. Do not go smaller than A3 but you can go larger to A1 if you wish.

4. A subject: any subject you like - landscape, people, abstract shapes etc. Whatever motivates you the most.

5. Your other usual equipment and materials.

6. Pastels: this type of ground is normally used for soft pastels but if you prefer oil pastels bring them and try them on the rough surface.

7. Any questions please reply to this forum post or email them to me directly -

See you all next week!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Project 2: The FACE

Seeing Faces

Our second project will be about faces. Over this three week project you will learn how to see a face and begin to understand the basic form, structure and proportions that are common. You will develop your understanding and confidence by drawing in a variety of ways and by using colours and techniques.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

BBC Still Life Programme - well worth a watch!

Click on the image below to go to the BBC programme. It is about 90 minutes long. This one-off programme looks at the history of the genre. It features a dazzling range of works from the Xenia murals at Pompeii to outstanding examples from cubist artists of the 20th century.

 BBC Arts Programme 2014

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Project 1 January 2016: HEAT!

Understanding HEAT!

This, our first project of 2016, is designed to help you understand how to control and use temperature in your paintings. Over three weeks you will learn how to see heat values in a subject and how create your own heat palettes for your paintings.