Led by French tutor Marie, who has a passion for setting up beautiful still lives and a life long experience of painting them, you will be taken through a step by step process of looking, noticing and painting. You do not need to have any previous experience to take part so don't worry if you have not painted or drawn for a long time!
You will use acrylics on canvas, and all materials will be provided - apart from aprons, if you would like to wear one then please bring one along.
With a little French chanson in the background, the class will be a moment for calm, slowing down and immersion into beautiful objects and colours. Fruits from the morning's market will be set up amongst authentic French fabrics, jugs and plates.
Shapes and shades will be discussed, before taking inspiration from some of the great French painters to start our own creative interpretation. You will be guided through a process of sketching, mixing colours, experimenting with different brushes and strokes. Together, we will enjoy a moment of creative simplicity and complete immersion in observational art.
Your completed still life will be ready for you to take home at the end of the class and proudly display on your mantelpiece for all to see.
Please note this class is also offered as the last session of a three-week course for a discounted price. Look for it in the listing under the title: Drawing and Painting Course.
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About your host, Marie Lenclos
Marie is a French painter and educator who lives and works in South-East London. She came to London in the 90s to study art at Camberwell College of Art, and never left. London is her home, her inspiration, her community.
Marie started painting at thirteen and painted regularly through her twenties. But then life took over and she stopped painting for twenty years. In that time she had two children, created a video production company, and ran a film club for kids at her local cinema. She also did a PGCE in adult learning and has been teaching creative subjects (stop-motion animation, digital projects, photography and art) in community settings for the last ten years.
The urge to paint came back in 2015, after a summer in Brittany playing around with oils and brushes. She now paints everyday from her studio in Loughborough Junction and is building a growing recognition in and out London. She regularly shows and sells her paintings.
Teaching art is a capital aspect of Marie's creative life. Having come back to her own practice so long after her formative years, Marie has a passion for nurturing the transformative experience of art in others. She excels in creating a generous and friendly climate where students are given time and space to really observe, slow down and experience the joy of making pictures . Her students are encouraged to pause and bring a moment of calm into their busy lives. Most report a greater sense of wellbeing and confidence after a class: Marie believes that this is because connections are made, between oneself and the world around us, between fellow students, between internal and external life.
All equipment will be provided. We will use pencils, paper, brushes, acrylic paint and canvasses. You may want to bring an apron and/or gloves to protect your clothing and hands if you want to. Acrylics wash off easily with water and soap, but can sometimes be stubborn on certain fabrics.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.