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Exploring Techniques

Tutor: Claire Harrison
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Start dates:  please see below next to each technique

In this series of six morning workshops Claire will explore different techniques.  Choose one, more or all depending on which techniques interest you

Materials lists can be found at the bottom of this page 

 

Charcoal and Graphite: Tuesday 6 June

Claire will share her enthusiasm for these two different mediums, demonstrating how to use each material and how diverse it can be!  We will be exploring from graphite powder and charcoal to textured papers to Suitable for all abilities. 

 

Watercolour – Understanding the Layers: Tuesday 13 June

This watercolour workshop will be looking at how to capture your chosen subject through washes and layers.  This technique allows the students to have a little more control over the watercolour rather than wet on wet technique.  Inspiration will be taken from Georgia O’Keefe and Cezanne.  Suitable for all abilities.

 

Colour Mixing & Theory: Tuesday 20 June

This popular workshop returns - Claire will explain the colour wheel in depth and demonstrate how to mix colours – and remember how to remake the exact same shade once it has run out!!  Inspiration will be taken from Matisse on how to use different colours together effectively.  For all abilities.

 

Drawing – Understanding Tone: Tuesday 27 June  

Learn the importance and diversity of tone and how to translate tones into a colour drawing.  Claire will look at the five tones as described by Leonardo da Vinci and how to find them in your subject; specifically looking at the subtleties and variety of tones available to us.  For all abilities. 

 

Understanding Colour and Fauvism: Tuesday 4 July 

Claire will explain the glory of colour of the fauves, how they used it and the theories behind it.  This workshop will demonstrate how they painted, and their revolutionary ideas behind their painting, inspiration will be taken from Matisse and Derain.  For all Abilities.

 

Linocut Printing: Tuesday 11 July 

Students will learn how to design their print and Claire will demonstrate how to use your tools and create different textures.  Claire will show you how to print and layer colours.  Students can choose the subject of their print.  For all abilities.

About the tutor

Claire is a Sussex-based artist with more than 27 years’ experience. A graduate of The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, she has successfully exhibited across the UK for many years, and has taught both adults and children in schools, colleges, art societies and art institutions .

Materials list for Charcoal and Graphite

Materials list for charcoal and graphite

Thick paper, Cartridge paper, OR bring 800gsm plain lining paper which is good value from any hardware store. 

Drawing materials choose from either graphite or charcoal – 

GRAPHITE 

  •  A range of graphite sticks 
  •  Graphite Powder 
  •  Brush 
  •  Water pot 
  •  Rubber/putty rubber 

 

CHARCOAL 

  •  A box of mixed Willow charcoal (great if you are a beginner) 
  •  Charcoal powder 
  •  Brush 
  •  Water pot 
  •  Rubber/putty rubber 

Fixative, this can be hairspray for extra strength/hold. (This is only needed for the charcoal/pastel drawings) 

Cardboard Stumps or Q Tips and wet wipes for charcoal and pastels only 

DON'T FORGET TO BRING AN IMAGE OR OBJECT THAT INSPIRES YOU OR JUST YOUR IMAGINATION if you prefer to work from that!!

Materials list for Watercolour

Materials list for watercolour 

Please bring the following equipment with you: 

Basic Watercolour Set including cadmium red, blue (preferably ultramarine or prussian), cadmium yellow, sepia (this will be extra to the set), alizarin crimson and cerulean blue white [please avoid Daler Rowney Aquarelle] 

Optional colours – please feel free to purchase colours you like or you think you will use as your budget allows. 

5 Brushes ranging from 1” Flat brush to very fine rounded 

Water Pot (glass jam jar?) 

Plain White palette (saucer, plate or tile?) 

Kitchen Roll (plain white) 

Watercolour Paper (Instead of paying a lot of money for watercolour paper buy a large sheet of Somerset Paper (thick textured printing paper) or equivalent, which can then be cut up). The cheapest option is lining paper (800-1000gsm) from a DIY store! This is a great alternative to watercolour papers and printing papers. 

An object or image, which you are interested in painting from or simply your imagination if you wish! Please note you will need several because you will be working on many pictures at any one time because you will need to wait for paint to dry before continuing. 

I look forward to meeting you. 

If you have any queries on the above list please feel free to contact me on 07973 410 111

Materials lis for Colour Mixing and Theory

Materials list for colour mixing and theory

This workshop will be in 2 halves, the first half will be about colour mixing and the theory behind colours. The second half will be about you putting the colour mixing you have done and understanding your colour palette into practice.

PART 1

NEED:

Lining paper, 800gsm, is a fantastic value, plain cream without a gummed back. Available at any hardware store. Other art papers/pads suitable but more expensive. OR A roll of small sticky address labels to paint each colour on so they can be peeled off and stuck on black paper to create a colour wheel.

REQUIREMENTS – Creating a colour wheel, this requires primary colours and is best done in Daler Rowney Designers Gouache in Primary Red, Primary Yellow and Primary Blue. BUT these are approx. £4 a tube and is quite expensive for one session, however these give the best colour representation. You can source cheaper in acrylic or poster paint (this can be childrens paint!!) but ensure that you buy true primary colours otherwise purple cannot be made. I will bring poster paint that you can use if you cannot source an alternative or do not want to purchase designer quality paints.

o Small brush, palette or plate for mixing and jam jar needed.

 

PART 2

CHOOSE FROM ANY OF THE FOLLOWING – WHAT MATERIAL INSPIRES YOU?

Watercolour
Student quality watercolour paints (tubes are preferable but not essential):

Basic Watercolour Set including cadmium red, blue (preferably ultramarine or prussian), cadmium yellow, sepia (this will be extra to the set), white

Optional colours – alizarin crimson and cerulean blue 

Jam jar

Kitchen roll

Palette (an old white tile/plate will suffice)

Or Pastels
Lining paper, 800gsm, is a fantastic value, plain cream without a gummed back. Available at any hardware store. Other art papers/pads suitable but more expensive ·A set of 12 conte pastels (chalks). These can be a set of greys/browns or mix of colours OR a set of 12 oil pastels

OR Set of Oil Pastels an alternative OR pastel pencils OR inscribe other “chalk” pastels

 Fixative, this can be hairspray for extra strength/hold.

 Eraser

 Q-Tips

 Kitchen roll/Wet hand wipes

Or Acylic

Pre-stretched and primed canvas (size of your choice)

Student quality brushes ranging from small/medium round and one large flat. (Approx 3 brushes altogether)

LARGE tubes of student quality paint (the largest tubes you can afford is recommended). Colours, blue, red (primary or crimson), yellow, brown and white.

 Palette – old plate?

 Jam jar

 Kitchen roll

 

DON'T FORGET TO BRING AN IMAGE OR OBJECT THAT INSPIRES YOU JUST YOUR IMAGINATION!!

Materials list for Drawing - Understanding Tone

Materials list for Drawing - Understanding Tone

Thick paper, Cartridge paper, OR bring 800gsm plain lining paper which is good value from any hardware store. 

Drawing materials choose one of the following – 

A set of pencils ranging from 2B – 9B 

A box of mixed Willow charcoal (great if you are a beginner) 

A biro 

A set of compressed charcoal (a grey set) 

Colouring materials choose one of the following: 

  • colouring/watercolour pencils (the more colours the better) 
  • set of coloured pastel pencils (the more colours the better) 
  • oil pastels (the more colours the better) 

Fixative, this can be hairspray for extra strength/hold. (This is only needed for the charcoal/pastel drawings) 

Q Tips and wet wipes for charcoal and pastels only 

Eraser 

Putty rubber 

Kitchen roll 

DON'T FORGET TO BRING AN IMAGE OR OBJECT THAT INSPIRES YOU OR JUST YOUR IMAGINATION if you prefer to work from that!!

Materials lit for Fauve workshop

PAINTING SECTION - please choose one of the following:

OIL 

  • Pre-stretched and primed canvas (size of your choice) 
  • Student quality brushes ranging from 0.25” to 1” flat and a similar range for rounded. (Approx 6 brushes altogether) 
  • Student quality paint (the largest tubes you can afford is recommended). Colours, blue, primary red, yellow, sepia (dark brown), and white. 
  • 2 large empty Jam jars with lids 
  • Kitchen roll 
  • White spirit (very cheap in Robert Dyas) 

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NEED TO TRANSPORT YOUR PAINTING HOME WET, AND TAKE YOUR DIRTY WHITE SPIRIT HOME WITH YOU.

OR

 ACRYLIC 

  • Pre-stretched and primed canvas (size of your choice) OR Painting paper or lining paper (available from any hardware store) 
  • Student quality brushes ranging from 0.25” to 1” flat and a similar range for rounded. (Approx 6 brushes altogether) 
  • Student quality paint (the largest tubes you can afford is recommended). Colours, blue, primary red, yellow, brown and white. 
  • Jam jar 
  • Kitchen roll 

OR

PASTELS 

  • Lining paper (from any hardware store) or good quality cartridge paper. Oil pastels would be preferable to chalk based pastels – get a set with as many colours as you wish to afford (12 colours an absolute minimum) 
  • Fixative, this can be hairspray for extra strength/hold for chalk pastels only. 
  • Eraser 
  • Q-Tips 
  • Kitchen roll/Wet hand wipes 

Please bring an image as inspiration to create in a Fauve style

Materials list for Lino Printing

Materials list for Lino Printing

Good quality cartridge paper, OR bring 800grade plain lining paper which is good value from any hardware store. 

  • Lino (please note you can purchase single sheets from other suppliers which will be MUCH cheaper than the example shown below) https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B003AF8YSC?colid=3STHNOVGJ3OX1&coliid=I2E87YEA6TLWBB&ref_=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl
  • Linocutting Tool
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004V2RE4I?colid=3STHNOVGJ3OX1&coliid=IT8BO3TAKVQF0&ref_=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl
  • Block printing ink (Seawhites sell cheap block printing ink OR System 3 block printing medium mix to mix with your already owned System 3/Daler Rowney acrylics

  • A roller

  • Marker pen eg a Sharpie, pencil and ruler

  • Safety equipment – I strongly recommend that you purchase a bench hook and a guard when using the chisel and cutting the lino, as the chisel will slip and you need to prevent it from going into your hand! 
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wooden-Dual-Craft-Bench-200mm/dp/B004RGPUSA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487337061&sr=8-1&keywords=wooden+dual+craft+and+bench+hook+tool

  • Lino hand guard
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Arts-Crafts/Educational-71080001-SG1-Safety-Hand-Guard/B003OD4KUG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487337127&sr=8-1&keywords=lino+hand+guard