Bluecoat: dot-art: Abstract Painting (3 x Sundays)
Delve into the imaginative world of abstract painting with professional artist Madeleine Pires
Learn how to create expressive and colourful abstract art. Suitable for newcomers and for more experienced painters wanting to try something new and exciting.
***To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660***
Sunday 22 November, 13 and 20 December 2020, 11:30am – 5pm
(£125 for 3-day sessions)
Suitable for newcomers and for more experienced painters wanting to try something new and exciting.
Previous students: be aware that this is all new content for Autumn 2020!
Day 1 will begin with an introduction to abstract art, and a discussion about what art means today as a visual manifestation of human expression. Students will be invited to share (if they wish) the kind of abstract art they find appealing and what they would like to develop themselves.
Following this, we will focus on colour. We will look at examples of artists who have magnified and celebrated colour in their work, and use acrylic paint to make our own experimental pieces that celebrate colour.
We will look at contrasting colour, paint opacity/transparency and experiment layering lights over darks, darks over lights, bright over dull, blending edges etc. We will have time for appraisal and feedback, appreciating different people’s reactions and responses to our work.
We will experiment with different ways of applying colour: brushing, sponging, scraping, using different tools and textured items to apply paint with.
Day 2 will focus on composition, space and movement. This will improve the ability to isolate visual information and notice the essential qualities of a painting, which will in turn help us distinguish and employ differing abstract techniques.
We will practise locating a focal area in various examples, and determining what kind of movement has been used to make a painting. We will do some intuitive exercises to discover our own unique “movement” – wavy lines, straight lines, splatters, random, controlled, etc. We will look at shapes and use the shapes that appeal to us to create our own original pieces of art.
We will look at opposites: saturated and neutral, dark and light, busy and quiet, textured and flat.
Looking into the arrangement of these elements and their relationship to one another we will learn how to put these together onto paper/canvas, producing aesthetically pleasing arrangements and patterns.
Day 3 will combine concepts from days 1 and 2, plus experimentation with layering for depth, self-exploring, and how to be “confidently spontaneous and intuitive”.
We will be given the opportunity to choose from different loose “themes” which we will interpret with our own creativity and style.
“Themes” exercises:– Scientific Exploration – Musical Energy – Peace and Simplicity – Softness – Clash and Disorder – Invisible Currents – Intersections
Every student will receive specific and individual feedback, suggestions, encouragement and advice from the tutor throughout, with the freedom to be as vocal or as quiet as desired during discussion times.
This course will give you opportunities for improving practical skills; practising both inward reflection and outward appreciation; and developing your unique artistic voice.
Autumn Programme 2020, Sundays from 11:30am – 5pm
13 and 20 December
Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX
Situated in the centre of Liverpool, just behind Church Street, down Church Alley and in front of Liverpool ONE. You can enter the building via the front courtyard off School Lane, or through the garden at the back off College Lane. Nearest train station- Liverpool Central.
£125 for the 3-week course (full course must be booked in advance)
You will receive a list of essential materials 2-3 weeks before the course, if you want this list earlier please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a maximum of 12 places available on the course, so early booking is essential. To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660.
We have introduced a range of safety measures to keep everyone as safe and comfortable as possible. We ask everyone to please respect social distancing guidelines, all staff will be keeping their distance too.
Regular cleaning and santizing measures will be in place.
Cancellations / Refunds
Once you have made your course booking you are committed to it. This is because our courses have very small student numbers, and often sell-out and are unavailable to others. Therefore any cancellations may result in a place not being filled, or a course not being able to run.
Cancellations are permitted up to 30 days before the start of a course, and a full refund will be issued. Refunds will not be made for cancellations less than 30 days before the start of a course. If you are unable to attend due to illness, personal or professional commitments you do not have the right to a refund.
If you wish to cancel your place on a course that has not yet started and you have a friend or colleague who can take your place we can accommodate this substitution.