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Capturing the essence of a changing landscape.

Tutor: Juliet Kac
Location: Preston Park
Next start date: Wednesday 19 May, 10.30am - 1pm, 4 weeks

What the course covers

Using a variety of drawing materials such as pastels, oil crayons and pencils, you will be guided on establishing compositions and developing them using the visual language toolkit i.e. line, tone, form, texture and colour. You'll have a choice of creating a series of sketches or developing compositions to a more finished stage. 

The Location

Preston Park - north end -  is full of surprises including a sheltered walled-garden, a manor house with an imposing lawn and gardens, St Peter's church set within a picturesque graveyard and many magnificent trees and pathways in a semi woodland setting. Benches in strategic places.

There are two takeaway cafe's nearby, a clean toilet block and a picnic area with seating.

 Paid parking is available within a short distance as is a regular bus service - 5 and 5A.


About the tutor - Juliet

Juliet has an M.F.A in Fine Arts (Auckland University) and a PhD on the relationship between music and painting (University of Brighton). She works as a professional portrait painter and continues to develop her abstract painting. She has many years’ experience in teaching oil painting, printmaking, life drawing and portraiture.

Testimonials - Juliet

I have loved painting in oils for many years. Joining a class with a professional and encouraging tutor has been a privilege and pleasure. Barbara

I love oil painting and feel happy that I'm improving my skill. I am getting closer to freeing myself up from the technical skills so I can express myself better. Anne

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Sketch book (s), pad of paper or loose paper or any other surface you wish to draw on.  (I would suggest no larger than A3). Bring at least six sheets to each session in case you need them.

A drawing board or flat surface to draw on and / or a portable easel.
Bulldog clips or similar to prevent paper from flying away.

Drawing materials.  
HB pencil and rubber
Drawing materials of your choice e.g.

            Pencils – a variety of hard and soft –  HB, 3B, 5B

            ink pencils, coloured pencils etc

            Charcoal – willow or compressed or charcoal pencils

            Pen, brushes and ink. 

            Pastels (oil and / or chalk pastels

You will need

- fixative if using soft materials such as soft pencils, charcoal and chalk pastels.

- a source of water and at least two containers if using ink or ink pencils

- paper towels or rags.


Other items - optional

- Something to carry your work and materials in.

- A stool or something to sit on.

- water bottle – thermos flask – nibbles

- old clothes or apron.