Ashley Hold

I have been teaching drawing and painting for over 13 years, from secondary school level to undergraduate and postgraduate level. I have observed how students struggle with certain aspects of drawing and painting and have developed my teaching practice to deal with these ‘obstacles’ to learning. My artistic practice and my teaching practice are bound together in a symbiotic relationship.

I am primarily concerned with drawing and painting aspects of the world around me. I have always been committed to working directly from observation, continually revising and re-working in an attempt to resolve the tension between a commitment to visual fact and a concern for pictorial structure. I am usually drawn to subjects that present great difficulties, both practical and aesthetic.

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Three Day Portrait 06/03/2020

£305

Using the flexibility of acrylic paint, learn the techniques for making a truthful portrait, including measured drawing, colour theory and composition. Develop a toolkit you can use in any figurative work.
 


LW - Sea and Rocks 08/05/2020

£285

Take advantage of our location and use the sea and the rocks along the rugged edges of St Ives for your inspiration. Learn the techniques you need to compose fresh and lively studies in oils, capturing colour, movement and texture. Working directly from observation explore the tension between reality, pictorial composition and imagination to help create a compelling painting.


 


Still Life Essentials 18/05/2020

£375

Describe the forms of a still life composition in oils using only the primary colour palette and white. You'll learn elementary colour theory and how to apply this in mixing shades and tints, essential knowledge that you can apply to any painting project. 


Four Day Portrait 25/05/2020

£395

Respected portrait artist Ashley Hold believes the first requirement for making a portrait is the ability to draw and paint what you see, as truthfully as you can. This course aims to give you a toolkit of methods to help you develop the ability to make a portrait, but which you can also use in any figurative work. Acrylic paint is an ideal learning medium because any mistakes can be rapidly and easily painted over.
 


LW - Sea and Rocks 28/08/2020

£285

Take advantage of our location and use the sea and the rocks along the rugged edges of St Ives for your inspiration. Learn the techniques you need to compose fresh and lively studies in oils, capturing colour, movement and texture. Working directly from observation explore the tension between reality, pictorial composition and imagination to help create a compelling painting.


 


Still Life Essentials 07/09/2020

£375

Describe the forms of a still life composition in oils using only the primary colour palette and white. You'll learn elementary colour theory and how to apply this in mixing shades and tints, essential knowledge that you can apply to any painting project. 


Three Day Portrait 02/10/2020

£305

Using the flexibility of acrylic paint, learn the techniques for making a truthful portrait, including measured drawing, colour theory and composition. Develop a toolkit you can use in any figurative work.


Three Day Portrait 05/03/2021

£305

Using the flexibility of acrylic paint, learn the techniques for making a truthful portrait, including measured drawing, colour theory and composition. Develop a toolkit you can use in any figurative work.