What you will do
Four session course
In this course you will be experimenting with a selection of textures and media including mud from the farm, sand, polyfilla, acrylic and charcoal. The course will cover fundamentals of colours, composition and techniques, working from a combination of photos and sketches to create a 50 x 50cm canvas by the end of the course. Your teacher, Georgie, aims to teach people to loosen up and go outside their comfort zone – get out of habits like using small brushes and being a perfectionist. This is all about having fun and - being held on a unique farm setting in London - it’s a relaxed environment to be mindful and meet new people.
What to expect:
Week 1 - Georgie will show you examples of texture that she uses in her own art, for e.g. tissue paper, acrylic & heatgun, mud & glue, and demonstrate how to create these. You will then experiment with these techniques on MDF boards. The aim is to get a feel for creating texture. Georgie will keep instilling not to worry too much how it looks at this stage - the most interesting effects come when you're not trying! This is just the very first layer.
Week 2 - Bring in an image of somewhere you have been/a landscape that's caught your eye or an interesting texture you've seen. This can be on your phone/magazine/photograph. Don't worry if you forget as I have some photos at the studio First off, you continue with texture boards and introduce colours using acrylic paints. Usually people flit between two or three boards to account for drying time (the heat guns speed this up). You'll then start another board based on the picture you brought in and Georgie will talk about composition and colour. Make a start on this board, beginning with textures you've learnt. This will be an abstract piece and doesn't need to look exactly like the image!
Week 3 - Continue working on boards - Georgie will be on hand to give advice at all times. Mid-way through the session you will make view-finders to isolate an area of particular interest, in terms of texture, composition and colour, from one of the boards. You will base the final canvas on this. Apply first layer of texture and map out composition of canvas. Continue working on boards.
Week 4 - Continue working on canvas - add other textures and introduce colours. Georgie will demonstrate further painting techniques, including dripping, working with masking tape, sponging and glazing. Come away with three or four boards and a 50 x 50cm canvas that can all be framed, new skills, new friends and a good memories!
Did you know?
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About your host, Georgie Mason Studio
Georgie is an abstract landscape/seascape painter working from her studio on Stepney City Farm in East London.
She has been teaching art classes for years, from home in Suffolk, then from Stoke Newington Old Church and at Artbox charity in London. Since moving to the city farm she has held landscape painting classes and 'Paint with Georgie' Saturday classes from her studio. The set-up is ideal, with glass double doors looking out onto the farm, animals all around, and neighboured by a spoon-carver and a ceramicist. It's a wholesome and creative environment, physically close but atmospherically very far from the hustle and bustle of the city. The classes are relaxed and Georgie offers guidance and structure but also allows for freedom of expression and if people want to experiment or do it their way, they're more then welcome!
In her own work, Georgie is inspired by the natural world, having been brought up in the Suffolk countryside. She uses a variety of materials to build texture including polyfilla and mud form the farm. Since graduating from a degree in English Literature and History of Art at Nottingham University in 2014, she has had work accepted into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the Affordable Art Fairs and had solo shows at Boston Consulting Group, Palm Tree Gallery and Lavenham Hall Gallery. She’s had work shortlisted for the NEAC Annual Exhibition and NOA Prize and was winner of the Harry Walker Prize at the BSA Annual Exhibition. Her work is held in the private collection of the Museum of Goa in India and in boutique hotels across the UK.
Materials provided:Paper and pencils, acrylic paint, brushes, pastels/chalk/charcoal, mark making tools, Golden's gels and pastes, texture-making materials such as sand, mud, PVA, newspaper etc, MDF boards, 50 x 50cm canvas. Georgie also provides tea, coffee, biscuits and, if you fancy it, a bottle of wine. You're welcome to bring your own drinks and dinner too.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.