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  1. Artists eye: painting portraits
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Kate Hardy
    Paint a series of portraits inspired by the work of contemporary and historical artists. Learn from their individual ideas and techniques to introduce new ways of painting to your practice. The course can be used to progress from beginner level, or for experienced painters interested in portraiture.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £129.00
  2. Looking at artists: landscapes
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Benjamin Senior
    An exploration of the expressive possibilities of landscape painting, including composition and tonal ideas for conveying the experience of the sublime or the raw power of nature.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  3. Painting for beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Amanda Bracken
    Experience the joy of painting. Through simple exercises you'll explore colour, painting techniques and the expressive qualities of painting. The perfect way to start painting.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £119.00
  4. Ways into abstract painting
    Course start date:  Fri 12 Apr 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mario Lautier Vella
    Encounter different approaches to making abstract paintings while developing your skills in using a variety of painting materials. With reference to the work of a variety of abstract artists explore the visual language common to both representation and abstraction, eg. colour, composition, tone and paint application.
    Full fee £339.00
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  5. Stretching and priming a canvas
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stuart Jones
    This course is a must for painters wishing to stretch and prime their own canvases and paper. Learn about the properties of different types of painting supports, and the best materials for preparing surfaces and glazes for painting.
    Full fee £259.00
  6. Painting 3
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Hull
    Following on from the course 'Painting 2', enhance your paint handling skills and understanding of the dynamics of a painted surface, through a series of set projects and short critical discussions. Examine the role of painting tools, marks and scale in building a painting.
    Full fee £409.00 Senior fee £327.00 Concession £266.00
  7. Oil painting: focus on light and shade
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alex Hanna
    This oil painting course takes inspiration from the moody and luminous imagery of classic Film Noir such as ‘The Third Man’. Students will explore composition, tonal transition and contrast to enhance their pleasure in oil painting and create strong and powerful paintings.
    Full fee £209.00
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