Innovative Painting

Thursday afternoons | 13.30-16.30 | £200 | 10 weeks 

These weekly classes will focus on developing your authentic voice in paint.

Through a series of playful experiments and more rigorous testing of art theories you will gain confidence in listening to your intuition and enjoy using your discoveries in your art making.

You will use mixed media to develop your ideas and Cläre will introduce you to a range of techniques. She will help you understand the properties of the materials and discover ways that they can best be harnessed to create your desired outcomes.

You will be working initially on paper and then progress to developing a series of small paintings on panels. The processes you will learn will be applied initially to abstract ideas but can then be incorporated into more representational work at a later stage.

You will be learning about design, value, colour, texture and finishing your work.

You will be introduced to ways in which you can critique your own work in a constructive way to help you develop as an artist.

This is the first time we are running this course but we hope to run it for three terms each year, each term consisting of 10 Thursday afternoon classes with breaks over local school half terms.

This course is suitable for beginners and those who want to extend their art practice.

Click on the booking links to see if there are still spaces, if their are none available sign up for new dates and similar courses using the waiting list tickets.

Tutor | Cläre Basel

Cläre is a mixed media artist passionate about materials and how they interact. She creates evocative, intuitive paintings inspired by travelling and storytelling. Her interest in colour and pattern stem from a fascination with the effects of weathering and decay and the cycle of regeneration. She works with oil paint, cold wax, acrylics & watercolour. Her work has been showcased at the Islington Contemporary Art Fair, The Stroud House Contemporary Gallery and has been bought by private collectors.

She has been working as a tutor and mentor for six years and her special interest is helping empowering learners to find their visual language and build a confident approach to art making.

During lockdown she explored the potential of mixing fluid acrylic layers with collage papers and found that these are extremely versatile materials for both abstract and representational work.

She studied Stage Design at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Fine Art at Central St Martins and Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Her continued interest in CPD led her take the Creative Visionary Programme with Nicholas Wilton in 2020.

Term Dates

September - December 2021
  • Thursdays 23rd September - 2nd December
  • Break week Thursday 28th October

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Innovative Painting – September-December 2021

Thu 23rd Sep @ 13:30 - Thu 2nd Dec @ 16:30

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Location | 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4XN, ENGLAND

Transport | The workshop is a few miles south of Cambridge city and can be reached by the route 13 buses. Follow the signs to Linton Zoo!

Participant Guidelines | Please read our participant guidelines which can be found here

Covid-19 Guidelines | Please read our covid-19 guidelines which can be found here

Access | Please note that our kitchen and toilets are on the first floor up 1 flight of stairs. If this is going to pose a problem for you please email us at [email protected]

Booking | Your reservation on a course is not complete until payment has been received.

Photos | We may take pictures during classes which may be used on our social media feeds and later in publicity. If you wish not to be in photographs please let the tutor and staff know at the start of the class.

Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email [email protected]

Availability | No spaces left? Email us at [email protected] to go on the waiting list.

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