The Art of Watercolours with Gail Astbury

Course Details

Where:
OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 6 Oct - 10 Nov
Tuesday 6:30 pm
Fees: £80 (£60 concessions)

The Art of Watercolours is a four week course led by artist and tutor, Gail Astbury.

Tuesday evenings

6.30 – 8.30pm

6 – 10 November

£80 (£60 concessions)

Limited to 10 people

It’s autumn; a season depicted by so many artists who revelled in the colourful array of nature. In this short course you will learn the techniques they used to produce stunning artwork.

The Art of Watercolours is suitable for

  • Beginners
  • Those with a little experience
  • Those who want to refresh their skills

Each week we focus on a different artist and examine how the season influenced their work.

To whet your appetite…

Week one: Georgia O’Keefe – This American painter has been named as “the mother of modern art” and her style is instantly recognisable. She is fascinated by nature and in this session we study her techniques of using autumn leaves. We look at how she uses the patterns and colours in her painting but simplifies the composition.

We also refer to David Hockney, Jennifer Bartlett and Sue Howells RWS.

You will need to supply your own materials for this course. We recommend:

  • Watercolour paints (solid pans)
  • Watercolour pencils
  • Brushes (various shapes round/flat/mop and sizes ranging from 4, 6, 8,10 and 12)
  • Watercolour paper
  • Watercolour sketchbook
  • 1 x Palette
  • 2 x Water Jars
  • 1 x Apron

About the Tutor

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