Liz Hough, Costa Faena, 2017, mixed media, 60x80cm

Ways of Abstracting

Mixed Media / Various / Abstract

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Join artist Liz Hough in our studio to demystify abstract painting and explore alternative ways of seeing the world around you. Fire up your creativity with this one hour live online session designed to inspire and get you making and investigating at home.

Liz Hough, After the Rainbow, 2020, 60x80cm, mixed media

This is a practical one hour demo to help demystify the art of abstraction and motivate you by building confidence. In this session Liz explores with you what abstract art can be about and the possibilities it contains with examples and practical demonstrations and tasks set.

This session is a great taster for Liz’s March five month course Abstraction – Landscape a Sense of Place. We will investigate key questions an artist can ask about what is abstraction. Our search for answers will take us through art history, practical demos and tasks for you to do at home.

You won’t be seen or heard in the session but you can ask questions using the chat function. Share your work live with others on social media using the #schoolofpainting. You can watch the session live or later. We record it so we can let you revisit the session to refresh your memory for up to two weeks after.

Once you have booked a session, you will receive a link on the morning of the broadcast. All you need to do is follow the link. 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?


Delve deeper into why particular artists make abstract work.

Get insights into how to create dynamic compositions using paint, mixed media and collage

Approaches to loosening up your way of working


Would this session suit me?

Anyone with an interest in art, not just painters should love this session. It’s ideal if you need to loosen up your approach and equally rewarding for beginners. Great for those who would like to get more out of their visits to galleries.

How Does an online session work?

Once you have booked, we will send you a link the morning of the session before so you can join in live. All you need to do is follow the link ten minutes before the start time. You can watch this on a Smart TV, PC, smartphone or tablet and even cast to your TV from your phone.

You can put questions to the tutor using the chat function during the session. The sessions are recorded and you will be able to watch again at your leisure as many times as you want for up to 2 weeks. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with fellow students from around the world.

Ways of Abstracting

Mixed Media / Various / Abstract

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Through my teaching, especially mentoring on the year long Porthmeor Programme, I have made my own connections with the inspirations that come from St Ives. The School of Painting helps students develop their own practice with the emphasis on finding their own voice.

What to Bring

You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC, laptop, tablet with audio. You might be able to cast from your phone to a smart tv if you have Chromecast or mirrorcast enabled.

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. But we will be sending you a recording of the session so you can revisit it for up to two weeks.

Timings and Breaks

At about 4.50 pm please follow the link. We will play a video with audio so you can check you are connecting ok.

Any problems either receiving your link or connecting please contact info@schoolofpainting.co.uk and we will do our best to get that sorted before the start time.

We will start at 5 pm and work for 1 hour. We will pause for questions at different points during the session you can pose any questions to the artist using You Tube chat function.

FAQs

Online

Do I need a webcam/any equipment.

If it’s for our You Tube webinars and You Tube courses no webcam 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.

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. 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 the day before the session. Please check your junk mail. If you can’t find the email please contact info@schoolofpainting.co.uk and we will resend it. In the New Year we are moving from Zoom to You Tube Live. This should be easy to use, just follow the link and watch live on the internet. You can use a PC, smartphone, tablet or even watch through your Smart TV.

I paid for the session but missed it, can you send me the video?

The video recording will automatically be sent to all who booked on the session. Currently all our short online sessions are recorded and you will have two weeks from the date of the session to watch it.

Our Courses

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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