Expressive Watercolour - 4 day art break at Slapton Ley Field Centre


Duration: 4 days

Price: £445

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About the Course

Residential watercolour course, run by the Field Studies Council.

This course is ideal for those who wish to loosen up their watercolour or use watercolour in a more expressive way using this beautiful translucent medium en plein air, in and around Slapton Ley. There will be plenty of demonstrations, and one to one guidance, whilst we explore using resists, lift off and wet on wet and play with other intriguing methods. We will spend time acquiring skills and techniques which lend themselves to a more atmospheric way of painting, with space to experiment in the studio but there will also be optional opportunities for those who wish to start with a more traditional approach. Whilst exploring the medium of watercolour we will also be able to paint en plein air in and around Slapton's beautiful Nature Reserve, the sea and beaches of Slapton Sands and Torcross and in the picturesque village of Slapton. We will have use of the FSC minibus for trips to paint the surrounding stunning Devon coastline. The evenings will be spent working up the days paintings and include colour workshops and stimulating slideshows of watercolours. A trip to paint at sunset or twilight will provide an exciting opportunity to paint using atmospheric techniques. Most of the painting locations involve minimal walking but sometimes we use country or coastal footpaths, which can be rough so please bring stout shoes. A folding stool and a watercolour easel would be useful as are a sun hat/ cream, midge repellant and rain gear. Hilary Jean Gibson is an experienced illustrator and tutor who teaches for the St Ives School of Painting, Cornwall and delivers guided tours for Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum. She has a 1st Class BA Hons degree in Graphic Design, an MA in the History of Modern Art and Design and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice. In 2010 Hilary wrote, illustrated and self-published a book about Godolphin (NT). Currently she is drawing and painting at the Leach Pottery St.Ives and working on commissions for Trelissick (NT). Hilary has taught art since 1980 and run F.S.C. art courses since 1999.

Hilary Jean Gibson is an experienced illustrator and tutor who has taught for the St Ives School of Painting, Cornwall and delivered guided tours for Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum since 1995. Hilary has a 1st Class B.A. Hons. Degree in Graphic Design: Illustration, St. Martin’s School of Art London (1979). Art Cert. Ed. Sussex University (1980) M.A. History of Modern Art and Design, UCF. M.A. Illustration: Authorial Practice, Falmouth University. In 2010 Hilary wrote, illustrated and self-published a book about Godolphin (NT) and is currently Artist in Residence at another National Trust Property. She has been teaching art since 1980 and has run F.S.C. art courses since 1999.

Book on Hilary's Summer Painting class 27 July - 30th July as well and recieve a £125 discount.

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What's included in the price?

The fee includes accommodation in your own room and all your meals.

Please enquire about the fees for shared room occupancy as well as non-residential rates (tuition only).

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Course Start Dates

Monday 30th July 2018

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