Monday 31 July – Wednesday 2 August,2017 (3 days)
10am – 5pm Lunch included
Venue: Waterperry Gardens and artsmart Studio Thame
Tutor: Jeffery Courtney
Cost: £225 – 3 days Includes lunch (please indicate any dietary requirements at time of booking)
ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP The work for this course will be inspired by the beautiful Waterperry Gardens. There are lovely vistas, interesting forms in the formal garden and the river Thame winds lazily through. All offer interesting subjects to paint and draw.
Day One – Waterperry Gardens. Meet outside tea shop, garden centre side at 9:45am.
Initial discussion on what you might want to do and how to go about it. Look around, make drawings/colour sketches/ photographic ref. The day should be packed with work giving you plenty of scope for ideas to develop over the next two days. Students can work in any medium they like. Jeffery will help students identify themes and how to collect material. There will be a short discussion at the end of the day on how we have got on and what we have learnt.
Note: Jeffery was involved in painting the frescoes at Waterperry House. If the group wished, it should be possible to have a guided tour by Jeffery of the three floors of the frescoes.
Materials for the day: medium of your choice, sketch book, pencils, paints, brushes etc, portable easel, portable seat if required.
Day Two – Thame Studio. We will begin by considering the elements of composition. Develop ideas in thumbnail sketches based on previous days work. Jeffery will help guide students to identify moments of inspiration to form the bases of their painting or drawing. Discussion on how to move your idea forward, what to put in and what to leave out. Plunge in – get going. Group discussion and crit of the work at the end of the day.
Materials for the day: medium of your choice, sketch pad, acrylic primed paper/canvas /boards, watercolour paper etc to do final work
NB: bring ALL your work /photos from the previous day.
Day Three – Review of where to go next. Consideration of the means to the end. Bring your drawing/ painting to completion. Group crit of work and discussion of what we have learnt.
About the Tutor: Jeffery Courtney