British Wildlife in Acylics with Tom Shepherd


Duration: Two days, 10am - 4pm

Price: £160

Run by: Peter and Kimberley Keegan
at The Courtyard Art Studio

01296 733200

The Courtyard, Claydon Estate
Middle Claydon
Buckinghamshire
MK18 2EX

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About the Course

We often share our everyday worlds with beautiful British birds and animals in some form, and during this course you will learn to paint them in a way that is full of life and movement. The focus will be on British wildlife, farmyard animals and birds.

Tom is a professional artist and tutor who leads many courses and workshops on painting in the UK and abroad. Known for his colourful depictions of wildlife, Tom's work has been exhibited at the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibitions in London.

Whether painting animals small in a landscape, painting a large group or making one or two animals the main focus of a painting, a few fundamentals can make a huge difference to capturing that all important feeling of 'life'. This course will involve a mixture of structured exercises, demonstrations and plenty of guided tuition for students encouraging you to get a big brush out and look at finding the balance between accuracy and letting loose. You will look at some basic comparative anatomy across all animals & birds - very useful in understanding the basics of how animals are put together as well as understanding how animals move, behave, sit, lie down etc... You will look at a painterly and impressionistic approach to representing fur and feathers as well as the essential fundamentals of shape, tone and colour.

You will be looking specifically at:

Breaking any animal, or individual parts of animals, into simple shapes
Creating form
Proportions
Lines of motion and creating movement
Giving an impression of fur and feathers
Creating exciting texture on the above
...and of course eyes, feet & wet noses!!!
Participants can expect to leave with at least one finished painting, with potential for many more. Students will develop a deeper understanding of how animals are put together and how they move and how they can represent this with a feeling of movement and motion.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

There will be a large selection of photographic references for you to choose from but participants are also encouraged to bring along their own preferred reference images. Images could include a selection of different British animals in lots of poses.

Tea, Coffee, biscuits and cold refreshments will be available throughout the day. Lunch is not provided although The Phoenix Tea Rooms, just next door, provide an array of meals, light lunches and snacks. Alternatively, there is a fridge and microwave in the studio kitchen for you to use if you prefer to bring your own lunch.

What to bring:
Acrylic paints in a range of colours.
Brushes in a range of sizes suitable for acrylic painting.
2 x canvas or similar painting surfaces in a size of your choice.
Materials such as charcoal, pencils, paper sheets and tracing paper will be provided for some art exercises.

Material fee:
For those who have are trying acrylics for the first time, paints, brushes and canvas paper will be available for an additional £10.



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Always guaranteed a great time when on a course with Tom - fantastic - can't wait for the next one.

- - #13518

Tom is an excellent tutor. His paintings are all about flow and movement and his enthusiasm for the subject is infectious.

- - #13517

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Course Start Dates

Monday 30th April 2018

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