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The Expressive Portrait with Oliver Bedeman, 10/11 August

A painting by Oliver Bedeman

Duration: two days

Price: £165

Book with: James Ort
at The Phoenix Studio

The Phoenix Studio
Chinnor Rd
Towersey, Near Thame

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About the Course

Spend a lively weekend painting from a clothed model, exploring the drama and colour of pattern as a backdrop to a portrait. Suitable for beginners and those who wish to bring energy into their portraits.

The course is taught by award winning artist Oliver Bedeman, who brings his strong colour sense and narrative to the historic canon of portraiture. Over the two days you will be given demonstrations in how to construct a picture, the principles of oil painting and an insight into Oliver’s techniques. The rest of the weekend will be working towards producing a canvas with your tutors’ guidance, ready to hang on your wall! A selection of oil paints will be available on the day, but please bring any brushes or oil paints you would prefer to use.

What to expect from this weekend course:

How to plan a painting through under-drawing
How to map the facial features and edit as you progress
Demonstrations in several oil painting techniques, from washes to oil bars with one-to-one guidance along the way
How to employ colour and pattern as a dynamic pictorial device
An exciting, costumed model setup with plenty to inspire
Encouragement to experiment with the medium, and find what personally attracts you to an image
A strong art historical context with references available, from Gustav Klimt to David Hockney
A personal, open and encouraging class

Suitable for?

Some experience in drawing or painting will help, but suitable for all levels – we generally limit the age to 16+ years old

Need accommodation?

If you are travelling from further afield and would like to stay in the area for your visit then have a look at our recommended list of local B&B's, AirBnB's and hotels. There is a list on the Phoenix Studio website. If anyone has a campervan then you are more than welcome to 'camp' in our car park too!

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

What's included in the price?

Two full days teaching (10am-4.15pm)
A printed course handout outlining various techniques and references
Oil paints in a range of colours. Brushes and other materials will be available but please bring a selection of brushes and any oil colours you are especially keen to use.
Ready-made, clear primed canvas which can be painted straight onto or white primed. Ready to hang once fully dried!
Tea, coffee, biscuits/cakes
Use of a beautiful, purpose built art studio with all the equipment & materials you will need
Beautiful countryside setting

You will need to bring:

All the materials you need are included in the course fee however…
please feel free to bring a selection of brushes and any oil colours you are especially keen to use.

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 10th August 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Disabled access
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly

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