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Painting for Expression | Figurative to Abstract | Juliet Holmes a Court

Course overview

In this exciting and wide ranging class, students will work on several paintings across the term (working in either oil or acrylics) and by the end of the term and you will be able to express yourself and your subject, more profoundly.

What to expect

Students will:

  • explore art methods and approaches used by artists from our past and recent history
  • learn warm up exercises to experiment in a variety of techniques
  • learn both figurative (realism) and abstract art
  • from the colours of Bonnard, the shapes of Braque, the light of Turner to the most Pollack like abstract expressionism which will extend your understanding of the many different languages of paint and brushstroke.

Juliet says 'What I like to teach, is the many and varied ‘languages’ of painting, so as to express our subject, and ourselves, more profoundly.'

Is this course right for me?

This course is suitable for both the experienced painter and the newer painter. Students may work in oils or acrylics.

Materials list

  • Apron or Paint Shirt
  • Variety of cheap bristle brushes, mainly square ended. House paint brush approx 6cm
  • Paints: Oils or acrylics depending on your preference. The following is a good basic palette for either oils or acrylics but bring whatever colours you have. Cadmium yellow light (warm) and lemon yellow (cool); Ultramarine Blue (warm) and phthalo blue (cool); Cadmium Red (warm) and Alizarin Red (cool); Viridian Green ; Burnt Umber ; Titanium White ; Paynes Grey ; Black and whatever you already have. Please use reasonable quality paints. Cheap paints are often a waste of money! Do not buy Background paint or any paint that is matt. We recommend buying ‘artist quality’ paints (Matisse Derivan Acrylics or Art Spectrum oils are good, reasonably priced brands) or brands that have a ‘student quality’ (Winsor & Newton)
  • A sketch book A4 or A5
  • A soft drawing pencil or charcoal
  • A canvas (approx A3 size) You will need about 3 for the term
  • 2 large bull dog clips.
  • A palette knife with a metal blade
  • Flat painting palette timber or plastic.
  • Paint rags

*If using acrylic paints
Bring 'Gel Medium'

If using oil paints
Bring odourless solvent for cleanup and diluting mediums. Solvents MUST be odourless. Oil painting solvents and mediums must not be tipped down the sinks. You will need to bring jars with lids to take away spent solvents/mediums. Spent solvents/mediums must be taken with you and not left in the studios. You tutor will give you information on reusing and disposing of spent solvents and mediums.
A small bottle of linseed oil or fatter medium.
Screw top jar for the purpose of taking away all used solvents (oil painters)
IF you are using oil paints a small tin or lid of a jar for oil medium or ‘dippers’ from the art shop (metal cups to clip onto palette)
A tube or jar of black acrylic paint for warm up exercises

From 1 June, some classes will return to studio based learning. Other classes will continue to be delivered online in our Virtual Zoom Art Room. The venue is listed with the class details.

If you are joining a Zoom Art Room class, you will need the following:

• A desktop, laptop, tablet or ios or android smartphone
• An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
• Speakers, microphone and webcam (wireless or inbuilt)
• Download the free version of Zoom to your device
• Check and test everything before you enrol, and double check the day before your class

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Course testimonials:

  • Juliet is amazing I e learnt so much from her, thank you so much
  • Juliet is an awesome teacher and artist. I look forward to coming each week. Thank you.
  • Juliet’s depth of knowledge is amazing. Her teaching style is lively and engaging and she delivers great advice always with a sense of humour!