The Expressive Portrait with Oliver Bedeman, 10/11 August

The Expressive Portrait with Oliver Bedeman, 10/11 August

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.

COURSE DETAILS

DAY 1: SATURDAY

Sketching and planning your portrait

Working from a single, simple pose.

The day will start with 30 min demonstrations followed by 20 min warm up exercise.

Short demonstrations throughout the day with plenty of time for you to work on your own piece.

DAY 2: SUNDAY

Continuing your portrait.

Continue to develop your own portrait.

Demonstrations and guidance provided by Oli as and when needed.

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

What is 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

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&Bs and hotels.

This course is for you if:

  • You want to learn new skills both in drawing and painting
  • You want to loosen up, become more stylised or abstract in your existing painting
  • You want to inject new life into your creative practise
  • You want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a fun, creative environment
  • You love creativity, especially painting the human form

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.

Pre course prep

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£165 for the whole weekend, including materials, tuition, life model to study, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE ON WHAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE A POPULAR COURSE.

Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).

ABOUT THE TUTOR

Oliver Bedeman is an artist based in Wallingford, and was shortlisted for the 2018 BP portrait award and the 2018 Columbia Threadneedle Figurative Art Prize.

He has previously taught life drawing at the Royal Drawing School and on their outreach programme across London.

In addition to painting on canvas, Oliver also specializes in reverse oil on glass technique, also known as Verre Églomisé or Hinterglasmalerei. Fingers crossed he will teach this at a future course!

Click here to look at more of his work.

I love to see other people fall in love with free-style stitching, it is infectious and totally addictive!

Harriet Riddel – InStitchYou

Harriet has had great feedback from her courses.  Here are just a couple of testimonials:

‘Harriet has a natural, relaxed style of teaching. She is generous with tips and advice which must have taken her years to develop. The workshop was well planned and nicely paced making it a really enjoyable experience.’
Lucy Orr
‘I loved the workshop with Harriet! I enjoyed every part of the day and was really pleased with the stitch pictures I went home with. She was very kind and patient with me….a beginner in stitch! Thank you!’
Jan Long

£165 for the whole weekend, including materials, tuition, life model to study, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE ON WHAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE A POPULAR COURSE.

Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).


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