Moving Towards Abstraction at New Brewery Arts Gloucestershire

Duration: 2 days

Price: £170

Run by: New Brewery Arts

Contact: Clare Walsh


New Brewery Arts
Brewery Court

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About the Course

A 2 day workshop to discover yourself and the artist within. The freedom of abstract will release your artistic self and is a remarkably energising process.

The workshop will take you through a straightforward initial process working with supplied object references, making exploratory drawings and exercises in semi-abstract. moving away from representational and a totally recognisable form. The first day is very much preparation in assisting a mind set change to develop not only visual but holistic and emotional skills that open the mind to true expression.

Day two is a more personal journey using your own references. Along with your first days' experience you will produce at least one abstract piece. This workshop is not just about making a painting but learning

how to develop an inner understanding of your creative self and expressing it through paint.

From construction and planning until completing at least one painting in the workshop session.

Max will demonstrate how using simple visual shapes can become a semi-abstract painting using 'overlay' techniques and will help you to grow your personal insight as you paint. He will work with you in stages to ensure a complete understanding of method and process

You will be shown how to lay out the objects provided and make an exploratory drawing

Using the skeleton drawing you will be urged to use your paint within these to semi-abstract

You will be asked to supply a set of references for your own use on day two that could be visual audio, kinetic and tangible or just a memory or emotion.
No rules exist for paint colours or applicators and you may bring brushes, painting knives, plastic cards, sticks, pens, cloths or just your fingers anything to make a mark that works for you. Guidance for day two will be given on day one.

Tutor: Max Hale
Date & Time: Fri 25th - Sat 26th Aug, 10am - 4pm
Venue:  Bingham Studio, New Brewery Arts
REF: SW103-17
PRICE: £170 (£0.00 VAT)

All abilities welcome

The post-impressionist's mark making and bold handling of colour that gave such vibrant results has influenced Max's work greatly. He is inspired and invigorated by the emotion present in their paintings. 

Max finds subject matter everywhere although people in all situations are his first choice.          

Having spent so much time studying human form Max still relishes the struggle that a portrait or figure - whether in context or alone - demands.

You can turn any of our courses into a short break by staying in our on site accommodation. When you book a residential package you will get discounted accommodation in our stylish boutique hostel located in the centre of Cirencester in the Cotswolds right next door to New Brewery Arts. Our former 19th Century Cotswold stone brewery barrel store has been beautifully transformed into 21st century accommodation, light and well-appointed with a craftsman’s attention to detail. We offer guest accommodation for up to 43 people over two floors in 14 rooms, with a choice of single, bunk, family and double bedrooms, 12 with en-suite facilities. A ground floor disabled-friendly room is also available. The hostel provides a stylish communal dining and relaxation area, self-catering kitchen, laundry facilities and lockers for your bike. As with all our courses and workshops these are led by experienced tutors and as you will be part of a small group there is plenty of time to focus on you.

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

What's included in the price?

You will have access to tea, coffee and biscuits in the studio and a £5 voucher to spend in our cafe is included.

What you will need:
All tools and materials will be provided.

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