Academy for Excellence
Inscribing fine-arts education; acting stimulant for up-coming artists and students aged 5 years and above.
Take the guesswork out of mixing colour, learn how to mix the colour you need first time and how to make colour the strength of your artwork.
Discover the sponteneity and luscious quality of pastels. Enjoy the energy and vigous of this simple medium that was a favourite of artists like Degas and Picasso.
Explore the beauty of this engaging medium known for its luminous and transparent nature. Be guided through a number of exercises, from conventional to less orthodox approaches, then develop and work on your own pieces.
Delve into the fluid world of watercolour and ink. Learn how to control these mediums. Experiment with painting techniques, washes and how they behave on different surfaces. Create beautiful works with expressive marks.
Discover methods of building an oil painting, from under-painting to finish glazes. Be guided through exercises to build up your skills, then develop your own projects. Learn techniques from the old masters to contemporary styles.
Create your own abstract image while discovering the possibilities of painting with acrylics. Working on your own project, learn about the qualities of colour and texture provided by paint and how to create a balanced picture.
Advanced Development of your painting skills further with more complex and challenging weekly exercises. Explore colour, painting techniques and composition. Learn to create more resolved paintings and immerse yourself in a studio environment.
Explore figure and portraiture painting, learning how to use this traditional medium in a variety of ways. Discover techniques including colour mixing, tonal painting, proportion, composition and how to create a likeness. You will also explore and learn to work with Life-models.
Mark up a return to painting or simply wanting to refine and extend skills and techniques. The focus will be on confidence building and the development of an individual approach as ideas are explored through traditional studio exercises along with some that may be more challenging.
Discover the art of painting with acrylics. Learn about brushes, mediums, basic colour theory and how to mix colour as you observe it. Starting with the simplest of objects learn how to create depth and form, gaining confidence to tackle more complex compositions and eventually make your own abstract paintings.
Explore landscape painting at your own pace. Key factors such as creating depth and the colours of light will be explored, along with such fundamental things as how to paint the sky, clouds, trees etc. Research around and harbour with cameras and a small paint kit to gather material for development in the studio.
This is for students seeking critical feedback in a supportive environment. Develop your own visual language prompted by visual stimuli and conversation. A new project or theme is introduced each term as an optional starting point. It is designed for experienced painters wishing to bring their skills and ideas to exhibition standard.
Learn about drawing and painting from life as well as using photographs as a starting point and tool for observation. Work in differing approaches such as the Direct Painting Manner (Alla Prima) or multi-layered painting whilst exploring colour theory, design and composition. Students can work in acrylic or oil paints.
Working on a large canvas, create your own painting. Learn how to use acrylic mediums and be guided through some basic painting techniques, colour theory, composition and achieve your own large scale painting.
Learn about painting mediums and techniques to depict real like and how to use colour successfully. Then, explore the how and what of abstraction to create your own abstract painting. Refine your painting skills and discover how to generate new ideas.
Discover collage, a different approach to art making. Work on a composition using old photos, books, magazines and material scraps. Techniques will include image transfer, collage and carbon transfer. Create a small visual diary of studies and a final work.
Be introduced to natural pigments, oxides and resins suitable for painting that you can collect and make yourself. Discover the beauty of these natural materials while experimenting with how to build layers of colour and texture on your prepared surfaces.
This ancient painting medium is applied in thin, semi opaque layers to create great precision pieces. Learn how to make your own Egg Tempera then work on a carefully prepared wooden surface create paintings reflecting the brilliance of this fascinating medium.
Explore the ancient method of Encaustic painting when beeswax is melted and mixed with coloured pigment which was brought back into popularity by famous American artist Jasper Johns. Learn how to mix your colours, what materials to use and then how to apply layers to build up a painting using metal knives, brushes and other tools. Used as a painting medium, it can also be manipulated to create different textures.
February 16th, 2023 @ 7PM