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Introduction to Still Life: Composition. Full Course.

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Dewars Lane Granary

Berwick-upon-Tweed

TD15 1HJ

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This is a practical course of five sessions, led by Gill Walton, in which we will look at the basic rules of composition and how to make your paintings work for you. Each session will be suitable for absolute beginners as well as more experienced students. A second Still Life course concentrating on colour will follow in March. If you can't attend all the sessions, you can book individual sessions - these are listed separately.

Each week we will cover different drawing and painting techniques using a variety of media and highlighting the work of a different artist. By week five you will be encouraged in developing your own style of work from a still life that you put together.

You will have comprehensive instruction from your tutor, Gill Walton, throughout. Gill is an experienced teacher and artist, known for her kindness as well as her high level of teaching. Gill works from Allanbank Arts and you can learn more about her work and other courses she runs from her website at info@allanbankarts,co.uk

Please bring your own drawing/painting materials and suitable paper/canvas. If you have an easel do bring it along. Do research still life works by each artist before each class if you have time. If you have any questions about the course content contact Gill on 07702 811374


23rd Jan Week 1: Linear Composition - Morandi

Drawing and collage

The most straightforward way to group objects, but Morandi is well known for the simple beauty of his still life paintings.

Bring large paper and pencil/charcoal and paper glue.


30th Jan Week 2: Rule of Thirds (Rabatment) - Mary Fedden

Watercolour.

In this session we will be dividing the composition into thirds, or using the Golden Section to achieve interesting compositions. We will also look at the way Fedden flattens the picture plane in her distinctive style.

Bring watercolour paper and whatever watercolour paints and brushes you have.


6th February Week 3: Diagonals - Diebenkorn

Acrylics or oil pastel

Diebenkorn used diagonals to add dynamism and tension into his still life work, even using scissors and knives to add to this. Diagonals help to lead your eye into and around a painting and engage the viewer.

Bring canvas or board and whatever brushes and acrylic paints you have.


13th Feb Week 4: Sacred Geometry - Cezanne

Pastel drawing

In this session we will look at Fibonacci spirals and the way they have been used by artists since Leonardo Da Vinci. They can lead the eye through a painting to a chosen focal point, in this case the dark centre of an apple.


20th Feb Week 5: Into Abstraction - De Stael

Mixed media

Looking at the simple abstract shapes used by De Stael, we will create a more abstract composition using everything we have learned from the previous weeks. This will be a very challenging exercise where you make all the creative decisions in producing a work of art.

Bring your own materials and objects to work from.


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Dewars Lane Granary

Berwick-upon-Tweed

TD15 1HJ

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