Kara Strachan - Workshops

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Kara Strachan Workshops October 2019 to March 2020

 

Sat 26th October 10am-4pm ‘Old Kitchen Gardens & Potting Sheds’ - £60

-       Nature and structure combined.

-       Subtly suggest an outbuilding, greenhouse or potting shed to create an interesting background, in contrast with a natural loose foreground.

Sat 2nd Nov 10am-4pm ‘Seascapes’ – £60

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

-       Challenge you with underpainting and over layering.

-       Mark making with a pallet knife.

Wed 20th Nov 10am-4pm ‘Soft Autumn Colours, Seascape’ – £58

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

-       Challenge you with underpainting and over layering.

-       Create rock formations using different techniques.

Sat 30th Nov 10am-4pm ‘Poppies’ – £58

-       Work very loose and free to interpret the random growth of Wild Poppies.

-       Allow for your background to have movement and interest as much as your foreground using sponging with dry and wet brushwork.

-       Know what to add and when to stop!

Sat 7th Dec 10am-4pm ‘Festive Special, Rosehips’ – £58

-       Paint Rosehips using a primary colour palette.

-       Create a misty, impressionistic and frosty background.

-       Experience working on a deep edge canvas, using upright easels and viewing your artwork from a distance.

Wed 11th Dec 10am-4pm ‘Festive Special, Hellebores’ – £58

-       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.

Sat 18th Jan 10am-4pm ‘Snowdrops and Woodlands’ – Cost £58

-       Work very dry to create atmosphere and warmth behind the trees.

-       Explore techniques to create tree trunks and branches.

-       Create the suggestion of Snowdrops with different forms of mark making.

Sat 25th Jan 10am-4pm ‘Atmospheric Skies On A Winters Beach’ - £60

-       Discover how to paint with big brushes, sponges and cloths, blended to create a colorful atmospheric sky using underpainting and scumbling techniques.

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

Wed 5th Feb 10am-4pm ‘Waves Breaking and Crashing’ – £60

-       Work large, loose and free using underpainting and colour scumbling to interpret movement and depth in a huge breaking wave.

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

Sat 22nd Feb 10am-4pm ‘Vase of Spring Flowers’ – £60

-       Experience painting dry and thick, with sponges and cloths, removing paint to create soft lights and darks. Suggest vase shapes and soft background foliage.

-       Create an impression of flower heads with different forms of mark making.

Wed 11th Mar 10am-4pm ‘Daffodils’ – £58

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

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

Sat 14th Mar 10am-4pm ‘Spring Is Coming, Woodland Walks’ – £58

-       Work very dry to create atmosphere, warmth and light through the trees.

-       Apply dribbling and other watery techniques to create tree trunks and branches.

-       With paint, describe dappled pathways in the Spring sunlight.

Sat 21st Mar 10am-4pm ‘Coastal Cliffs’ – £60

-       Go large! Create an impression of a dramatic coastal cliff scenes.

-       Use acrylic blending formulas to slow down acrylic paint drying time.

-       Have fun with a pallet knife and experimental mark making techniques to create rock textures and cliff faces.

 

Kara Strachan’s Workshops


Kara’s acrylic workshops run throughout the year in Kara Strachan’s ground floor Studio Gallery 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 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, or by post. Cheques made payable to Kara Strachan please.

No refunds are given unless a workshop is cancelled by the tutor.