So you want to be an artist....
I'm just gearing up to teach a series of art workshops at Artison, just outside Masham in the Yorkshire Dales. I've been teaching art for many years. First in art clubs and then through running courses in Masham. Eventually four of us got together and set up Artison to be a teaching centre for excellence in arts and crafts. Its now run by the excellent Sue Palin and Gaynor Pearson who invite me along each year to teach painting and printmaking. So what's coming up in the near future?
Friday, 1st March 2013, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
A comprehensive grounding in the principles of using watercolour. Suitable for beginners or for any artist who wishes to go back to basics.
I love teaching this course. I cover everything you need to know to start working with watercolour:
the principles of watercolour painting, the equipment and materials and the key skills required.
Painting With Inks
Friday, 19th April 2013, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Acrylic ink, Indian ink, fountain pen and sepia inks give strong colours, interesting textures and are easy to use with brush and pen.
There are lots of different kinds of ink around these days and they are a great way to bridge different media. If you're a watercolourist then there are a host of techniques you can bring to working with inks. If you're an oil or acrylic artist the ability to create impervious layers of ink will appeal to you. And the colours you can achieve are gorgeous.
Introduction To One Colour Screen Printing
Friday, 26th April 2013, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Screenprinting is a vibrant, flexible medium beloved of artists and craftspeople in which the print is created by pressing ink through a stencilled fabric screen. This course will introduce you to the equipment, materials and methods of this medium. Screen printing can be adapted to your own style and can be used for anything from t-shirts to fine art prints.
I first starting screen printing in the 1970s and came back to it about three years ago. Its become an indispensable part of my repertoire. I am always amazed at the fantastic things people achieve in this workshop.
If you want to book on any of these courses (which all incude an excellent home-cooked lunch) go to the Artison site: CLICK HERE
You can see lots of examples of my work in these three media by going to my page at Masham Gallery: CLICK HERE
or go to my webiste: CLICK HERE
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