Thursday, 26 August 2010

Exploring textures in watercolour, pencil, pen and ink.

A report from Angela

A lovely group of people on this course - a delight to teach and so responsive. We had a lot of fun and humour throughout. Weather was pretty attrocious but we made the best of it by nipping out for the odd hour to some lovely nearby locations and then back in the studio to work on the paintings and drawings. Mixed media is so versatile and with added collage a lot of fun too. Have a look at some examples of the students work on this course and one lady was a complete beginner. It's amazing what you can make out of a pile of old logs!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Painting Reality with William Calladine, President of the Guild of Norwich Painters

A very enthusiastic group joined William Calladine last week to set out on the adventure of ‘Painting Reality’. This five day course is the first of a three part series, making a practical in-depth study of the methods and craftsmanship of the great masters of classical European oil painting.

This year’s group, as with previous years, were astounded and in awe of William’s vast knowledge and expertise. He delights in showing them how to gesso their boards, grind pigments and add various mediums to obtain their paint. Then there’s the painting in of the underlying structure of the composition and over successive days building up the layers of paint to achieve the form and luminosity of the subject. The work produced by the students was terrific as you can see and all intend to be back for Part II next spring to further their quest.

A quote from one student summed up the feeling of the group. ‘If I’d had to go home after the first two days, it would still have been worth every penny and more.

If you would like to know more about 'Painting Reality' with William, get in touch with Angela. or 01692 536486

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Renaissance Art Experience with Andrew Fawcett

Last week we welcomed back Andrew Fawcett, a regular tutor at BAC who has a wonderful fund of knowledge and experience painting icons and frescos as well as a lesser known technique of incising on glass known as Verre E'Glomise. All these techniques were in common use from the 11th - 16th centuries in Europe and have provided the background to our present day painting methods.

Andrew’s own work is truly beautiful and he also has a terrific gift of being able to pass on these methods of working to his students.

We are delighted that he will be tutoring again for us next year so watch this space for forthcoming dates for this.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Inspired by Summer in Norfolk ; report from Angela

Sue Williams and John Shave from Sussex have recently visited us to tutor hugely popular courses inspired by the hedgerows, gardens and landscape of Norfolk.

Sue's two day flower painting workshop using acrylic inks showed our students how to branch out and explore the potential of this lovely new media and John's patient and informative landscape painting course in oils attracted some new as well as regular students. The weather was kind and many delightful small oils were achieved working in the studio and outdoors in some of the favourite haunts immortalised by Edward Seago.

Sue and John have agreed to tutor for us again in 2011.
Sue will be taking students 'Around the Farm' from July 19th - 21st and also offering a two-day workshop 'The mystery of Venice' in acrylic inks on 10/11th Sept.. So even if you may never have the opportunity to travel to Venice, you can still learn how to achieve its fascinating colours, textures and atmospheric qualities working in our studio.

John will show you how to 'Paint sunshine in UK and abroad’ on July 22/23/24th.

John and Sue will join forces for a one day workshop on Sept 12th 'Extract - Subtract and Abstract' - An introduction into Abstract painting in any medium.

Also in Sept John will be taking you to some lesser known beauty spots for painting in oils the 'Wide skies and watery landscapes' which make up the beautiful and unique Broads scenery. Dates for this are Sept 13 - 16th.