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Different approaches to painting trees, Watercolour workshop (explore various styles and techniques to paint trees, inspired by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Ian Sidaway)  with artist Julia Borodina -  When: Monday 17th September 2018 - Time: 10am - 3pm - Level: All - All materials and refreshments included - Cost: £40  - (just bring a packed lunch) Plenty of one to one - Limited places 

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During this workshop you will explore two approaches to painting trees. One is based on the work of the 19th century artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. His technique is focused on simplification of the elements including tone, colour and composition. You will learn how to simply use the brush to build up masses of trees in the very direct fashion. You will also be encouraged to paint with crumpled paper and even use mono printing. It is perfect time for you to explore rules of composition and practice creating dynamic but balanced designs when painting trees. The second artist you will investigate is Ian Sidaway. His distinctive painting style and methodology will help you to understand the structure of the trees when painting from observation. This method teaches you to explore colour, tone and intricate contours of tree shapes, it disciplines you to plan the stages of the work from apply glazes to establishing sky-holes within the foliage. You will come away full of practical solutions and creative ideas ego to include trees in your work with confidence. 

During the session you will:

  1. Practice to dot, dab, drag, roll your brush when painting trees;
  2. Produce colour beginnings (Turner’s term) – monochromatic studies with the focus on composition;
  3. Paint with crumpled paper, sponge, cloth – anything to increase the haphazard potential of marks;
  4. Make samples of watercolour monoprints;
  5. Learn how to paint groups of trees as individual blocks exploring positive and negative shapes.

Tutor: Julia Borodina is a Russian-born fine artist, who has a passion for colour, loose painting technique and enjoys using impressionistic approaches within her work. Julia holds a BA in Fine Art from Omsk University, Russia and an MA in painting from University of Wolverhampton. Julia has 10 years experience of designing and leading creative workshops specialising in watercolour, acrylic and oil painting. Julia's work has been exhibited at The Royal Institute of Painters in the water colours annual exhibition and at The Royal Society of Birmingham Artists.

Limited places available. Please get in touch to book a place or if you have any questions. Email: office: 01904 651085 mobile: 07851 299140