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30 paintings in a day - York City Centre


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30 paintings in a day - runs annually.

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Meanwhile, here are the course details:

Play, experiment, explore ... Free up your painting and drawing working on lots of pieces. Try out different media. See what you like. See what happens. Enjoy different papers from Khadi Paper to Moulin du Roy Watercolour. All Materials provided.
Play to create 30 paintings in a day!
This is a one day course in historic York, UK with artist Lesley Birch. Marygate Carpark is beside the venue at £12 a day.
An accommodation list with York hotels and B & Bs is provided by Lesley.

Class size is limited so please book early.
Suitable for all levels
£160 (15% discount for returners). The cost includes all materials, refreshments throughout the day - fruit, chocolate treats, gluten-free biscuits, fresh coffee, herbal teas, Assam teas, decaf options, plus a glass of Prosecco at the end of all the hard work. You only have to bring an apron and a packed lunch. Or you may wish to visit York's City Gallery cafe, just 5 minutes away from the venue.

To book: visit the website link below.

30 paintings - more info --

About the course:
- demos, instruction, exercises
- short, simple exercises demonstrated by Lesley
- one-to-one feedback/encouragement/advice
- suits both beginners and experienced
- work as fast or as slowly as you like (30 paintings is a challenge only!)
- takeaway information sheet

Discover what you like
Making time to play with materials is always a challenge, life gets in the way.
On this course, you’ll experiment with a host of interesting media - Sennelier Oil Pastels, Soft Pastels, Graphite, Inktense Pencils, Pastel Pencils, Acrylics & Mediums, Indian Ink, Collage, Posca Pens, China Markers and Charcoal.

Unify your work
Working to a theme helps discipline your approach and can be challenging, but, in the end I think it helps you focus more and produce a united body of work. We’ll be playing Game of Themes where you’ll be supplied with a theme based upon the natural world (a theme in itself).

Limit your palette to suit your theme.
By reducing your choice of colour, you can develop an exciting body of work, united and related to your theme. Warm or cool, saturated or unsaturated.

Discover smooth or textured
Working on high quality papers makes a difference to your final outcome. Lesley is a generous sharer of her creative techniques and methods. Surfaces include beautiful acid-free paper from 280gsm – 320gsm.
Your choice of texture (or not) will depend upon your theme.
Smooth - you can use acrylic mediums to stretch out and glaze the paint.
Texture - you can use acrylic texture mediums to thicken the surface and the paint

You'll leave this course with further knowledge of mixing media and a host of artwork pieces generated in our sessions ... with artistic food for continuing your journey afterwards ...

York is an exciting city to explore, so why not make a weekend of it. Book into a boutique b & b and explore the galleries and history of York. Accommodation list available.

This is an opportunity to receive tutelage from an established artist and experienced teacher.

About the artist: Lesley Birch has created and taught many classes over the years. She has a PGCSE in teacher training and has been painting for 20 years. She exhibits widely - including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and the Mall Galleries ING Discerning Eye. Her courses are challenging, but friendly and tailored to suit individual needs with creative class exercises to demonstrate various techniques.

Student Comments:
"a life changing course"
"really well planned and thought-provoking day"
"a generous and talented teacher"
"left me with lots to think about"

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All art materials, tuition, refreshments.


Lesley Birch at Lesley Birch Artist
St Olave's Church Hall
Margyate Lane
North Yorkshire
YO30 7DS
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