Demystify painting and build your studio toolkit. Join artist Hilary Jean Gibson in our studio where she will share with you how to free up your watercolour working with a single colour. Ideal for capturing landscape.
This is a recording of a practical one hour demo to help demystify watercolour and motivate you by building your confidence. This webinar was originally broadcast from our studios on 30th April. You will receive a link to access the recording immediately and will be able to watch it as many times as you like until it expires on 15th May 2021.
In this session Hilary works in just a single colour so you can focus on a range of tools to start to build your mark making vocabulary. Create lively and interesting effects. See how sprinkling salt on wet paint recreates the sparkle of light on water, or lift off techniques mimic the texture of rock. Learn how contemporary artists work in this immediate and dynamic way especially when trying to capture a landscape at speed.
Once you have booked a session, you will receive a link and can watch on demand until the webinar expires. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with our community of fellow students from around the world.
What will I learn?
Learn tips to make your watercolour more free and energetic
How to use tone to create a sense of distance
How to use simple techniques to create interesting effects
Approaches ideal for taking outside and working quickly in the landscape
Would this session suit me?
Absolutely if you are looking for some top tips to improve your watercolour painting. Ideal if you want to find out how to use watercolour in an expressive and free way so you can enjoy the medium more. The techniques work really well for developing exciting sketchbook work.
How Does an online session work?
Once you have booked, we will send you the recording link. You can watch this on a Smart TV, PC, smartphone or tablet and even cast to your TV from your phone.
You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.
Expressive Watercolour, Creating Marks and Texture (recording)
Mixed Media / Abstract
Sorry, this course is not currently available
In 1995 I became a tutor at St Ives School of Painting. Offering inspiration through my passion for drawing, water-based media and art history I strive to liberate a creative vision through direct observation and en plein air. My fascination in old buildings with a story to tell connects me to the studio’s historic narrative. Working in the space can feel like being inside one of my own drawings.
What to Bring
If you would like to join in with the live session you will need:
3 sheets of A4 watercolour paper ideally cold pressed and a board to tape it to. You can tape this into a grid using masking tape.
For paint you just need black watercolour and a range of tools – a selection of brushes including a flat and a round brush, a toothbrush, palette, clingfilm, salt, a small white birthday candle, sponge (small natural one or a dishwasher sponge cut into small bits), kitchen towel, and plenty of water at least 4 pots.
You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC, SmartTV, laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not really suitable to watch a webinar on as the presenter will be hard to see when they share their screen with you. You can revisit this recording as many times as you like for another two weeks.
Do I need a webcam/any equipment.
For our webinar sessions which are broadcast on the internet no webcam or microphone is needed as you just need to be able to see/hear hosts and you can communicate using the chat function. You can watch using a PC, Smart TV or tablet. A phone isn’t ideal as you will struggle to see enough unless you can miracast to a screen or smart TV.
For the longer online courses on Zoom you will need a laptop or tablet with audio and camera enabled so you can have a screen near where you are working. If you have a PC without camera or speakers, you can purchase a plug and play webcam for approx £25 which connects to a usb port. You will also need reasonable broadband connection and speed.
I have registered for the webinar but I cant find my joining link
The link will be emailed to you at least 30 minutes before the session. Please check your junk mail and if you can’t find the email please contact email@example.com and we will resend it. You can use a PC or tablet or even cast from your phone to watch on your Smart TV.
I paid for the session but missed it, can you send me the video?
Currently all our online sessions are recorded and the video recording will automatically be sent to all who booked on the session. You will have at least a week from the date of the session to watch it or up to a month for some of our longer courses and webinars.
How can I get help in choosing a course?
Our friendly expert staff are always happy to discuss your needs and our courses in more detail to help you with your decision. Please call us on 01736 797180
How do I get my work home?
Tutors have special techniques for transporting oil paintings and the school has plastic folders available in our shop for £3.50 or do bring a portfolio.
For international students we are happy to arrange transportation of your work back home.
What do I need to bring?
Absolutely nothing! All materials and aprons are provided although some people do like to bring their own set of brushes.
What do I do for lunch?
Courses allow an hour’s break for lunch and there are numerous places nearby or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch into the studio.
What times do courses run?
Most of our courses start at 10am and end at 4.30pm on the first day. Subsequent days we start at 9.30am ending at 4pm.
Weekend Courses run 10am – 4pm on the first day but the final day starts at 9.30 and ends at 3.30 with a short lunch break to enable people to get home that evening.
Do you have to be experienced to come to the School?
The School is a very friendly and welcoming place for all ages and experience. Our drop-in life classes and August half-day workshops are ideal for those wanting to have a go for the first time. Most of our longer courses are also fine for novices.
If any of the courses do need a bit of experience we flag this up in the brochure and on the website.
Booking a Course
Can I pay by cheque?
Please get in touch by phone and we can hold your place for a few days whilst you post your cheque (made payable to: St Ives School of Painting) to us at St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios. St Ives TR26 1NG
How can I reserve a place?
We will hold a provisional reservation for 24 hours if you give us a call whilst you find accommodation. Otherwise please book online or by telephone 01736 797180.
You can reserve a place with a £100 deposit; balance is due 12 weeks before course start date.
About St Ives
Where do I park?
The nearest long stay public car parks are the Island and Barnoon both 5 minute walk away. In the peak summer months it may be easier to park at the big top car park by the leisure centre and walk down into town. If you don’t fancy the walk up the hill at the end of the day there is a shuttle bus which runs from outside the cinema.
How do I get there?
Public Transport: If you are coming from further afield the main train line runs into St Erth which is a 15 min taxi ride away or you can take the St Ives Bay Line which runs approx. every 30 minutes. The School is a 10 minute walk from St Ives station.
Driving: M5 will take you to Exeter where we recommend that you take the A30 across Bodmin Moor and into Cornwall. After passing Hayle, leave the A30 at St Erth roundabout for St Ives. Turn right at the second roundabout. This road will take you through Lelant and Carbis Bay into St Ives.
Where can I stay?
St Ives has a huge selection of hotels, guest houses and self catering accommodation to choose from. Please browse the art holidays St Ives section on our website and give us a call if you would like any help.
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