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Finding Gesture and Exploring Colour in Landscape | Master class with Ashley Frost

This two-day workshop will explore ways of painting landscape paintings with a practical approach to finding gesture and colour. The workshop begins with developing methods to create small compositional studies and research drawings from your photographs. For these initial gestural studies you can use all types of water based media on paper including charcoal, dry pigments, inks, pastels, watercolours, gouache and acrylics. This will help to understand composition, tone and colour as well as helping to loosen up your mark making.

The second stage of the workshop will demonstrate how to begin the painting and to then apply paint using a both brush and palette knife to create texture and atmosphere in your work.

Ashley will introduce you to acrylic and oil paintings, with demonstrations in tonal painting and colour-mixing and with reference to artists who work in this genre, both historical and contemporary.

Image: Ashley Frost Rocky Cape Tasmania, Oil on Linen, 137x139cm, 2020 [detail]

What to expect

Over the two days students will :

  • produce several drawings from their photographs and then select one photograph to create a painting in full colour
  • learn how to use their own preparatory drawings, paintings, photographs or other source material to develop ideas
  • learn about composition and discuss formats for laying out a painting
  • learn about colour selection, colour mixing and transparency and opacity
  • try new methods of applying paint with palette knives to achieve depth, tone and texture

Is this course right for me?

This course assumes some prior painting experience.

Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Three or four photographic images enlarged to A4 of landscapes or seascapes
  • Canvas, board or paper for the final painting – your choice of surface and scale
  • A4 or A3 cartridge paper for sketching (about 10 sheets)
  • 2 sheets of White Stonehenge paper, 245 gsm, 56x76 cm for the mixed media study
  • Willow Charcoal and a small selection of coloured chalk pastels (2 or 3)
  • Brushes, a range of sizes from small to large, also include a Chinese ink brush
  • Palette, ideally a sheet of clear perspex or traditional wooden or disposable palette
  • A minimum of two palette knives
  • 4 large bulldog clips
  • Can of fixative spray
  • Rags

Paints

Acrylic or oil paint kit including warm and cool primaries and white:

  • Lemon Yellow
  • Mid Yellow
  • Mid red
  • Magenta
  • Cobalt Teal
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Burnt sienna
  • Burnt umber
  • Titanium white

We recommend buying ‘artist quality’ paints (Matisse Derivan Acrylics Structure or Art Spectrum oils are good, reasonably priced brands) or brands that have a ‘student quality’ (Winsor & Newton)

If using oils paints

  • You will need ODOURLESS solvent – at least 500 ml.
  • 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.

Materials provided by Art Est.

  • Dry pigments, non toxic ochres and binder
  • A selection of inks
  • Masking tape
  • Bring an apron or wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on, also bring along disposable gloves particularly if you are sensitive to oil paints and/or solvents

Maximum of 10-12 students in all our classes Our class sizes are small, ensuring you receive the individual tuition you need.

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$400 $380 Limited inc GST
Finding Gesture and Exploring Colour in Landscape | Master class with Ashley Frost

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