Expressive Figurative Watercolour with Aaron Jacob Jones – June 15th/16th 2022

Expressive Figurative Watercolour with Aaron Jacob Jones - June 15th/16th 2022

Meet Aaron Jacob Jones, a London based artist, tutor and live event illustrator who creates wonderfully expressive life drawings using watercolour and ink – they really take your breath away when you see them for the first time!

Aaron made his Phoenix Studio debut just before the pandemic. He ran a fabulous life-drawing-animation workshop – it was fabulous! What struck most about Aaron’s course was how passionate, focused and dedicated about his artistry. He really thinks about every aspect of his practise and shares everything he knows openly with his students.

Naturally I wanted him to come back again, but just focus on his painting this time – giving him time to share his wonderful insights and skills with our students. On this course he will show you how he creates his unique life studies, from using loose gestural mark making, mixing watercolours, and applying ink.

Producing vibrant and fluid figurative watercolour paintings is no easy feat. Many students struggle with overworking the paint, losing the elusive freshness, and never quite using this exciting medium to its fullest potential. Aaron helps artists of all levels overcome this and produce work they’re proud of.

Rather than a rigid step by step system only suitable for limited situations, Aaron teaches students how to analyse pose, lighting, and timing, and adapt their painting approach to suit. With this new mindset to figurative work, you will find something valuable to take away, whatever your usual style.

So much of watercolour is all about timing, and it can be frustrating trying to learn without immediate feedback and advice on the spot. Aaron’s attentive hands-on tuition could save you weeks of trial and error if you don’t know why your paintings aren’t working out how you wanted.

Aaron will guide you through a series of fairly short-posed exercises while you learn exactly how much water to use, how to time each step of your painting, and what does and doesn’t work when painting figures. Although life drawing is the main theme, Aaron’s underlying goals for this course are to help you understand the fundamentals of watercolour and how to use it to boldly and beautifully in any situation.

 
If you’ve ever wished you could add more colour and creativity to your life drawings, or if you’ve tried watercolour and struggled to get good results, this weekend could change your life!

Up until now, the pandemic has complicated running courses with life models. To ensure that our students remain at a safe social distance from one another, we will be having not one but two life models for this course. One model will pose in the main studio, the other in the marquee and they will swap places regularly so everyone gets to draw each model.

The course fee has subsequently gone up so we can afford to pay for two models.

COURSE DETAILS

DAY 1:

Meet and greet of students. 

Introduction to watercolour, covering various techniques and materials. 

How to make bold but harmonious paintings. 

A series of direct watercolour exercises, with an emphasis on brushwork.

Introduction to painting a model.

Tutored time painting model from life.

DAY 2:

Demonstration on how to take different approaches for different pose lengths.

Putting your techniques into practice, with poses of up to 20min. 

Aaron demonstrates effective ways to strengthen your paintings with ink.

Tutored time painting a model from life

This fun course includes:
  • Informal, hands-on drawing tutoring for every student
  • Materials and tuition on using watercolour for life drawing
  • Equipment, worksheets and guidance for creating animations
  • Step-by-step demonstrations covering…
    • The basics of how watercolour works, plus do’s and don’ts
    • Figure-specific painting techniques 
    • Tips for painting the hands and face
    • Direct watercolour painting (without relying on line)
    • Gestural mark making with paint instead of line
    • Painting approaches for different pose lengths
 
Suitable for?
Anyone who is keen to learn how to draw from life and explore watercolours.
We generally advise 14 years old+ though. Please note that the life model will be undressed throughout the class.
What is included in the price?
  • Two full days tuition (10am-4.30pm)
  • All materials (feel free to bring your own favourite drawing materials too)
  • Worksheet handouts to keep
  • Two life models for you to draw
  • Tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes
  • Use of a beautiful, purpose-built art studio with all the equipment & materials you will need
  • Beautiful countryside setting
This course is for you if:
  • You have some experience with life drawing, but want to improve
  • You want to bring a breath of fresh air and dynamism to your life drawings
  • You want to try watercolour painting but don’t know where to start
  • Your watercolours feel too tight and overworked, or too cautious and pale
  • You have tried watercolour but it was much harder than you expected to get good results
  • You want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a fun, creative environmen

Pre course prep

You will be sent an automated email on booking which prompts you towards a document that help you prepare for your time here. If this does not happen then please email James before the course.
 
Beyond the course
After the weekend you will be armed with many new skills to incorporate into your own art.
We run various life drawing classes each year from the studio and we can also point you in the direction of other more regular classes and venues too.
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.

£235 for a two day course, including tuition, life models, materials, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits

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

This course is back again by popular demand. Don’t miss out book your space today. Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).

ABOUT THE TUTOR

Aaron Jacob Jones

Aaron is a mostly self-taught artist, watercolour painting from life is Aaron’s main passionDedicated to capturing the moment and movement, Aaron approaches everything from figures to landscapes with a fresh, painterly eye and lashings of ink. Never one to confine himself to a studio or spend hours fussing over a painting, Aaron has spent his career working towards creating impressive original artwork from life in under 15 minutes.  

Aaron’s distinctive paintings can be found in such prestigious galleries as hoarded in piles under his bed because he hates selling things! 

Life drawing doesn’t have to be just an exercise – it’s a jumping off point for creativity in its own right. The limitations of timing and angle, the need to get something down without overthinking it… these things are, for me, what make life drawing a lifelong pursuitMy painting style evolved to suit the pressure of fast paced poses, using years of drawing discipline to capture convincing forms with minimal paint and line, in a seemingly effortless way.  

Aaron Jacob Jones – Course Tutor

‘I’m still in awe of the energy and ease these drawings came out of. I’ve struggled with drawing faces for eons and Aaron just explained it so well I found my confidence underneath all that south doubt and depreciation. I will repeat this Debbie Millman quote again – “Confidence is the successful repetition of any endeavour.”

Vanessa Lee

£235 for a two day course, including tuition, life models, materials, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits

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

This course is back again by popular demand. Don’t miss out book your space today. Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).


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