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Moving into the abstract: Experimenting with colour

Weekend art making course

Short course

● Fully booked

  • 3 September 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 4 September 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm

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Milton Avery, Blossoming, 1918 (detail).

Oil on board. 27.9 x 38.1 cm. Milton Avery Trust. Photo: Adam Reich. © 2022 Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2022.

Explore responses to landscape through colour, using watercolour and acrylic paint.

Join artist Emyr Williams to explore the potential of colour. Inspired by the work of Milton Avery, participants discover new and exciting ways of translating the world around us onto canvas.

This course has colour at its heart and takes an experimental approach to paint handling. Workshop participants learn new techniques for working with paint, focusing in particular on the emotional resonance of colour. Through mixing and preparing coloured surfaces, participants experiment with colour theory and colour layering.

By the end of the weekend, participants have developed their knowledge of the relationships between colours, and learnt how subtle shifts in paint application can provide significantly different visual experiences.

Milton Avery’s work is influenced by the advanced European modernism of Matisse and the burgeoning avant-garde of New York. Participants learn about Milton Avery’s place in the development of the Abstract Expressionist movement, and gain inspiration during an exclusive visit to Milton Avery: American Colourist. This practical art making workshop will be grounded in the wider cultural history of colour, teaching participants the skills needed to push their painting practice forwards in new and bold directions.

Emyr Williams is an abstract painter who has exhibited in the UK, Europe and North America. His work has won awards and is held in many public, corporate and private collections worldwide. He has taught in the UK, France, USA and Asia, including numerous courses at the RA. Emyr also writes about art for Abstract Critical, Instant Loveland, Abcrit and the Royal Academy magazine. For more information about Emyr and his work, visit his website.

Covid-19 update: We are looking forward to welcoming you back in a way that ensures everyone’s safety. Numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing, and we will be following the latest government guidelines. In the event of another national lockdown or enforced closure, we reserve the right to move this event online or to a future date. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to discuss any accessibility needs, please contact academic.programmes@royalacademy.org.uk.

Minimum age 18.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

  • 3 September 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm
  • 4 September 2022, 10.30am — 5.30pm

The Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£480. Includes all materials.