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Kara Strachan The Art Loft Workshops January to May 2019

For bookings and availability please contact Kara

Wed 30th January 10am-4pm ‘Snowdrops’ - £58

-       Discover how to paint using acrylic, dry and thick, with sponges and cloths, removing paint to create soft lights and darks.

-       Create the suggestion of flower heads with different forms of mark making.

Wed 6th February 10am-4pm ‘Spring Is Coming, Woodland Walks’ – £58

-       Work very dry to create atmosphere and movement with lights and darks of tree branches in the background. Adding and taking paint off the canvas to produce softer qualities.

-       Describe, with paint dappled pathways in early Spring sunlight.

Sat 16th February 10am-4pm ‘Hellebores’ – £60

-       Work very dry to create an atmospheric background to a floral painting.

-       Add and take paint off the canvas to produce softer qualities.

-       Understand when to introduce detail to the composition.

Wed 27th February 10am-4pm ‘A British Beach in Spring’ – £58

-       Work loose and free to interpret movement and depth in an incoming tide.

-       Suggest breaks in the waves and the transparency of the water.

-       Create textures in the surf with sponging, flicking and brushwork.

Sat 16th March 10am-4pm ‘Daffodils’ – £58

-       Working very loose and free to interpret the random spring growth of daffodils.

-       Allowing for your background to have movement and interest as much as your foreground using sponging with dry and wet brushwork. Knowing what to add and when to stop!

Sat 23rd March 10am-4pm ‘Seascape, Rock, Surf and Shadows’ - £58

-       Work loose and free to interpret movement and depth in an incoming tide.

-       Suggest breaks in the waves and the transparency of the water.

-       Create textures in the surf with sponging, flicking and brushwork.

Wed 3rd April 10am-4pm ‘Bluebell Woods’ – Cost £58

-       Discover how to use acrylic paint in thin loose washes for a warm glowing background seen through the darks and lights of the contrasting trees.

-       Use dribbling techniques and other mark making to create branches, bark and Spring foliage.

Sat 13th April 10am-4pm ‘Bluebell Woodlands and Pathways’ - £58

-       Discover how to use acrylic paint in thin loose washes for a warm glowing background seen through the darks and lights of the contrasting trees.

-       Use dribbling techniques and other mark making to create branches, bark and Spring foliage.

Wed 24th April 10am-4pm ‘Atmospheric Skies’ – £60

-       Discover how to paint using acrylic, dry and thick, with sponges and cloths, blended to create a colorful atmospheric sky

-       Use the underpainting method to form the lights and darks of shadows in the sand including splattering and flicking texture for rocks and seaweed in the foreground.

Wed 1st May 10am-4pm ‘Clouds Reflected In The Sand’ – £60

-       Encouraging you to think about vanishing points and horizons in your artwork.

-       Challenging you with underpainting and over layering, mirroring all that is in your sky in your sandy wet Beachscape. Mixing warm and cool tones in your paint to create perspective.

Sat 11th May 10am-4pm ‘Fruit Blossoms’ – £60

-       Working very dry to create atmosphere and movement with lights and darks of tree branches in the background. Adding and taking paint off the canvas to produce softer qualities.

-       Describing, with paint the beauty and smoothness of petals in contrast with the pollen filled stamens, using flicking techniques to bring the blossoms alive.

Sat 25th May 10am-4pm ‘Light After The Storm’ – £60

-       Exploring how to achieve lights and darks in breaking clouds, knowing when warm and cool tones need to be used to create a dynamic perspective reflected in the sandy landscape.

-       Using fingers, rags and sponges as well as brushes to make different marks and to move the paint freely around your canvas.

 

The Art Loft Workshops

Kara’s acrylic workshops run throughout the year at ‘The Art Loft’ at Curborough Hall Farm and Countryside Centre, in a lovely rural setting on the outskirts of Lichfield.

The aim of Kara’s workshops is to encourage those who are beginners and to guide those who already have skills and want to explore new techniques with acrylic paint, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Workshops are for a maximum of eight people. One artist’s quality canvas and the use of an upright easel per person is provided for this workshop. Step by step demonstration will take place throughout the day and critique and guidance will be provided.

Tea, coffee and homemade cake will be provided for ‘Elevenses’, essential for creativity.

 

What you will require on the day

-       Acrylic paint - Kara will be demonstrating from primary pallet, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Windsor Blue, Cadmiun Red, Crimson, Cadmiun Yellow and Titanium White.

-       Brushes of different sizes and shapes, they can be bristle of synthetic, cheap or expensive they will all make a mark of different kinds.

-       Rags for smudging and dabbing.

-       Although delicious ‘Elevenses’ are provided you may want to bring a packed lunch or pop down for a quick bite in Mabel’s Tearooms. There will a short break for lunch.

-       Plenty of enthusiasm and creativity!

Please contact me if you are struggling with any of the above equipment as I’m sure I will be any to help. If you have a set of acrylic paints please do not go out and buy more as I’m sure we can work with the equipment you already have.

Places on Kara’s workshops will be secured on receipt of payment. This can be by cheque, bank transfer or cash in person to the Art Loft, or by post. Cheques made payable to Kara Strachan please.

No refunds are given unless a workshop is cancelled.