Enjoy creating dynamic reliefs inspired by the landscape around you in this four-part online course.
Join artist Kitty Hillier and learn how to transform your drawings into 3D objects and back again. Inspired by your daily surroundings, wherever you are, Kitty will demystify her technique of building up and paring back a painting so you are left with an exciting new approach to creating work.
This course is a chance to play and experiment with new ways of working. See how to add colour and texture to your drawings, building them up to paintings, reliefs and mobiles, and then back again to drawings. By building this momentum in working, free-up your painting practice and see how you can work between disciplines to find different ways into abstraction.
Kitty will give clear demonstrations for you to follow, following four different ways of working over the four sessions. You will be encouraged to collect objects from the landscape and build your own kinetic response to your surroundings. Working through a the course, find ways to develop your ideas, using materials as a way to build a body of work over the four week course.
This course takes place on Vimeo and you will have access to the recordings for up to six months after the course ends. After the course continue to share your work with other participants and alumni of the Painting School on our private Facebook group.
In preparation for the class, Kitty will send a task list for you to work from.
Over 4 sessions , Kitty will be working in the studio live and recordings of the classes will be shared with you. Questions will be taken at different points in the session.
Session 1: 3 hours – watch on demand immediately
Watch the recording of the first session and using objects that you have collected from your immediate surroundings, spend time experimenting with shapes, form and texture. Kitty will demonstrate colour mixing using only primary colours and how to transform your sketches and observations into abstract shapes.
Session 2 : 3 hours – watch on demand immediately
Watch the recording of session 2 and transform your sketches and paintings into collage. See how ‘drawing’ with scissors as well as adding layers of paper and card can add movement to your work.
Session 3 : 19th July, 11am – 1pm
Taking your experimental sketches one step further again, create 3D rockers Rockers in simple forms using cardboard. Adding depth and movement to your work this way can help you progress your ideas even further into abstraction.
Session 4: 16th August, 11am – 1pm
On this last day, we move back into painting. Using our abstract 3D shapes to draw and paint from, see how moving from 2D to 3D and back again can add life and playfulness to your paintings.
What will I learn
Learn a new way into developing your ideas and approaches to painting.
Build confidence in working in 3D.
See how sculpture can inspire painting and vice versa.
Work with new mediums, see how different materials can build texture and dynamism in your work.
Work in a more fluid, intuitive way. Move quickly from piece to piece and lose your inhibitions in the process.
How does an online session work
We will send you a link the day before the session so you can join in live.
You can put questions to the tutor using the online chat function. We record the sessions so you can watch on demand, as often as you like, for up to 6 months after. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world. We will also set up a private Facebook group just for this course.
You can watch this on a PC, laptop or tablet and if you have chromecast or miracast you could even cast to your SmartTV from your phone.
Who would this course suit?
This course is suitable for all abilities. If you are interested in learning new skills and interests, or gaining confidence, experience, attitude and mobility in your painting practice, this course is for you. Kitty’s approach will help you build confidence in working between disciplines, integrating one into the other, and finding new ways in to creating a painting.
Seaweed, Seabed, Cove and Coast
Acrylic / Mixed Media / Landscape
What to Bring
We will send you a materials list to get together and any pre-course tasks.
You will need access to the internet and either a Smart TV, PC or laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not really suitable however cast your phone to a Smart TV.
Timings and Breaks
At 10:45 please click the link to join the live session.
Tuesday 19th July, 11:00 – 13:00
Tuesday 16th August, 11:00 – 13:00
You will have access to a recording of the sessions so you can revisit as often as you like for the duration of the course and for up to six months after the final live broadcast.
What our students say
Kitty was so brilliant throughout and created and encouraged a magical atmosphere of calm, alongside furious productivity. I enjoyed every second of it, it was exactly what I needed to loosen up my style and I will be embedding many of the techniques into my own practice. Wonderful people in a truly inspiring space!
Kitty has a lovely relaxed meditative approach and is so generous in sharing her personal processes.
It was delivered in a calming, easy to understand way. Kitty was supportive and encouraging, and pushed us out of comfort zones enough to get the best out of every student.
Online Art Courses – All
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 access to the course for up to six months from final broadcast date & a month for online life drawing 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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