Plas Tan y Bwlch

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Plas Tan y Bwlch

NEW! Transforming the Artist – ‘Outside the Box’

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Course Number: K0801

Date: 4 August to 9 August 2019

Price: £533-£583

Course Leader/s:

Howard Coles RCA

Description:

A ready-made answer for those who do not know where to begin or for those whose efforts have failed to impress. Demonstrations, techniques, composition and a plethora of ideas enables originality. It provides instruction to help move to a looser, less conventional and more stimulating direction. Note: this is a popular course, early booking is advised.

This workshop is a creative approach for students who feel their paintings need the vitality and verve demonstrated in contemporary art, including abstraction. A ready-made answer for those who do not know where to begin or for those whose efforts have failed to impress.

Painters generally, become aware that their current work is but a pastiche of earlier work, with few of the ‘sparks’ that once brought life to their paintings and lift to their imaginative output and enjoyment. This is a course in which many of the conversations / methods, subjects, style and approaches to your painting will be exchanged for something different. Emphasis is on originality, vision, and the personal targets necessary to move towards a looser, and unconventional (and possibly) a more stimulating direction. If you are prepared to adapt or adopt other ways of painting, but do not know where to begin, the course aims to open doors to unconventional beginnings and a loosening of the prejudices that restrict one’s artistic agenda.

Be prepared to creative workshops and demos and mind and process stretching exercises. Re-think your approach to painting ‘Outside the Box’.

The course is designed to help would be artists see their work from new angles and to draw on their imagination without it being tied to a single method, media or overworked subject matter.

Conventions can be exchanged for something more playful, more testing, challenging and even unconventional – Now, that’s a challenge!

Demonstrations, techniques, composition and a plethora of ideas enables originality. It provides instruction to move from convention and towards a more stimulating direction.

Programme

Sunday
16:30 Arrive and collect room key.
18:30 Dinner
19:40 Illustrated course stratergy – Where am I now? Where should I be?

Monday to Friday
08:15 Breakfast
09:15 Off we go! ‘Where am I now? What do I need? How do I begin?’
Each day we will begin with a brief discussion on the possibilities that accrue via different ‘find and react’ approaches, plus a ‘practical warm up session’
Evening sessions include general / individual appraisal of the day’s work. Lecture / visuals plus practical painting.

MATERIALS:

Please bring one or two of your recent successful paintings and one or two that require resuscitating. This could include ideas, material that you have for paintings that you might use or modify on this course.

  • Your painting media
  • Sheets of A3 & A2 size paper, your sketch book or journal
  • Pritt Stick or paper adhesive, masking tape
  • Scissors, rollers, black markers, a flat cheap baking tray
  • A number of the small boxes that normally hold medicinal tablets approx 4” x 2” x 5” or similar
  • Please make and bring a few L shaped masks.
  • Any illustrations, cards, books or examples of artists work that appeals and any back-up work concerning subject matter you hope to employ on this course.

BOOKINGS

Bookings can be made online or by completing the official booking form, which should be returned together with non-returnable deposit of £50.00 (cheques made payable to Snowdonia National Park Authority). You will receive acknowledgement of your booking and a programme of the course when ready. The balance of the course fee becomes due 6 weeks before the start of the course.  Full details of Cancellation conditions are in the course brochure.  We recommend that you take out your own Holiday Cancellation Insurance.  If it becomes necessary to cancel the course, you will be informed in good time and a full refund of fees and deposit will be made.  Recreational courses include V.A.T. at the standard rate. Non Residents are welcome to join any course for whole or part days. The fee is £20.00 for morning or afternoon session and £5.00 for an evening session plus optional meals – lunch £15.50, packed lunch £7.50 and dinner £19.50. Reception is open daily from 08.00 to 10.30.  Please aim to register on the first day of your course by 16.30