Working with paint

Four-week practical evening course

Courses and Classes

  • 3 October 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 10 October 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 17 October 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 24 October 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm

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Abstract artist Emyr Williams leads a course experimenting with the qualities of acrylic paint. Using “open” acrylics, a slow-drying paint, participants will explore the range of creative possibilities associated with this medium in relation to colour theory.

A painting can be made in so many different ways, yet one thing is constant and that’s the paint. Modern acrylic paint manufacture affords contemporary artists an unprecedented array of colours and consistencies to work with. Painting is unique as an art form as we apprehend it at light speed; this outcome though, has often been hard-wrought and carefully crafted over time. Extending and improving the handling of materials will ensure that the emotional resonance of colour can be magnified and given greater significance and meaning in one’s practice.

Through a direct and forthright use of a range of “open” acrylic paints, which behave similarly to oil paint, we will explore working spontaneously. We will explore strategies to facilitate a greater understanding of what colour can do through paint handling to produce thought-provoking results. The ambition is to make works which will not just look exciting in their own right, but can inform future decision making when dealing with colour in painting.

We will be making paintings from a number of different starting points including: primary and secondary source materials, abstraction and memory. Each of these subjects will afford a wide range of possibilities for being expressive, experimental and demanding in the use of paint.

Tuesday 3 October
Session one will explore:
- Working from postcards, looking at tonal contrast through colour
- Colour theory: primary, secondary, tertiary colour; earths; tints and tones
- A historical look at colour from different times and cultures

Tuesday 10 October
Session two will explore:
- Working from still-life exploring layering and the implementation of complements and harmonies
- Edges, instances, direction and pace
- A historical look at colour from different times and cultures

Tuesday 17 October
Session three will explore:
- Memory exercises - selecting the essentials
- Working with contrast and exploring modification
- A historical look at colour from different times and cultures

Tuesday 24 October
Session four will explore:
- Making abstract paintings
- Being ambitious and taking risks
- Comparisons and connections

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  • 3 October 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 10 October 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 17 October 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm
  • 24 October 2017, 6.30 — 9.30pm

Learning Studio, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£420. Includes all materials and a drinks reception at the end of the final session.

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