"I could not recommend this workshop highly enough. As someone who doesn’t feel naturally creative or confident with colour, I was apprehensive about being bold and abstract. However, Jo was fantastic and made me feel enthusiastic and comfortable – it is a beautiful space to work in and the setting is really inspiring.
The workshop taught me how to layer up an abstract painting using various techniques, tools, colour and of course a touch of gold and silver! It was a really fun and well organised day, and great fun to paint with a group and share ideas. I look forward to going again!"
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9.30am (kettle on at 9.00am!) - 3.30pm
Welcome to an absorbing day creating your own piece of abstract art.
Whether you are familiar with painting or have never tried it, you will have the freedom to experiment and enjoy this fascinating process.
Your ‘canvas’ is smooth solid pine rectangle, pre-painted with a warm grey gesso. You can choose from a long single piece, 120cm x 15cm or two shorter pieces, 60cm x 15cm. These have hanging cords attached to the back for you to display your work either vertically or horizontally.
Jo will ask you to consider your colour preferences before you come to the workshop. It could be to blend in with a room or piece of furniture, or perhaps just use your favourite colours to brighten a plain wall. Bring along a swatch of material, cushion, or sample of house paint to really help you achieve something that matches.
The day starts at 9.30am with an explanation of all the wonderful products available; quality acrylic paints, highly pigmented pan pastels, a large range of pencils, crayons & specialist markers, collage items and precious metal leaf.
With Jo demonstrating, you will work on a small practice piece allowing you to get used to the products and how to build up layer upon layer of colour to produce a visually deep and interesting piece of art. You will then be ready to enjoy working on your larger piece.
Throughout the day you will gain handy techniques such as developing a ‘wet’ pallet to stop your paints drying out, how to work out what colours go well together – and what will add ‘spice’ to your work, how to blend shades of paint and pigments, how to create depth using layering techniques, how to apply gold, silver or copper leaf and many other snippets of interest.
Whether you prefer soft and muted tones, or vibrant and dramatic colours, you will have time to experiment and enjoy the freedom of abstract art. If you wish to develop a design rather than random abstract – that is no problem! The day is yours to enjoy. Jo will be there to make suggestions and provide guidance as much or as little as you wish.
Workshops finish about 3.30pm. Wall fixings are supplied, so you will go home with happy memories and your own work of art ready to hang immediately.
Places are limited to 4 on each workshop whilst we are social distancing. If you have a 'bubble' of 4 – 6 people, then a private workshop can be arranged – just send me an email via my contact page (press here) or give me a call. Workshop dates are below - press here to choose your date and book.
Gift Vouchers for this Abstract Art Day are the perfect present and come complete with a beautiful gift card. Please contact me to arrange.
Upcoming Abstract Art Workshop Dates
Monday 24th May (sorry, fully booked)
If you have been given a Gift Voucher, please use the contact form to let me know which date you would like to book. I will get back to you confirming availability. You can also text me on 07534 016688.