A Voyage of Discovery Painting Workshop by Gail Astbury

Gail Astbury

13 Dec

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD


Class details

Join us on a voyage of discovery this December. Gail Astbury leads a painting workshop special inspired by William Kentridge.

Tuesday 13 December 

10am – 12.30pm 

£20 per person

Limited to 14 artists

Who is William Kentridge?

He is South Africa’s most celebrated living artist and has an unmissable retrospective show of his works to date at the Royal Academy of Arts in London until the 11th December.

To mark this momentous exhibition, Gail will give a special one-off workshop into his greyscale water painting techniques. He always maintains an openness with whatever graphic medium he chooses, allowing for new or unexpected possibilities to happen during a very creative process.

With his water-based ink paintings, he deals with mistakes by simply discarding the paper and replacing it
with a new sheet. The papers are pages taken from old books, like dictionaries, map books or novels that
he has read.

There is brutality and beauty in equal measures in Kentridge’s work but in this workshop you will focus on his recent Flower and Tree Paintings which are stunning in both scale and richness. There is symbolism and his own memories hidden within these works, but there is also plenty of space for our own experiences and memories to come into play. We will paint as he does onto found printed materials.

You can bring in any books that you are happy to repurpose, and we shall collect a selection from second hand bookstores for us to use.

You don’t need to be an expert to enjoy this session, but you’ll get more from it if you have some experience in painting with watercolours. We limit our class sizes which means that you not only benefit from personal tuition, but also enjoy peer support. So, why not join us on a voyage of discovery as we explore the style of William Kentridge?


We supply the following equipment and materials

  • Watercolour Paper for the preliminary class and colour mixing exercises
  • Palette
  • Water Jars
  • Kitchen Paper
  • Cotton Buds
  • Sponges


You will need to bring:

  • Watercolour paints
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Brushes (various shapes round/flat/mop and sizes ranging from 4, 6, 8,10 and 12)
  • Watercolour paper for the final class painting
  • Watercolour sketchbook
  • Your Apron


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 13 Dec -
Tuesday 10:00 am
Fees: £20

About the tutor

Gail Astbury

Gail Astbury has a B.A. (Hons) Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon UAL and has recently gained an MA in Contemporary Arts Practice from Goldsmiths University and Tate Galleries 2014. Her work has featured in many prominent locations such as London’s Trafalgar Square, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Academy and she has works held in the collection of the MMSU Museum of Modern Art in Croatia.

Gail makes series of paintings and watercolours in her studios in London and La Péruse, southwest France. Her work starts with her immediate surroundings, taking photos, sketching and amassing a picture library to draw reference from. She then plays with the imagery, using scale, colour, edits and zoom to select and highlight interesting focal points. She uses a range of techniques from renaissance lighting and brushwork to the colour and decorative compositions of 20th century modernism through to contemporary mass media image making and production. The resulting paintings are celebratory, they tell visual tales and proclaim societal hopes and fears.  http://www.gailastbury.com 

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