Wednesday, 6 May 2015

23rd May -  Saturday

Portrait Workshop, 

10.00 - 4.00 

£40. All materials provided. 

Tutor is Val Gilman.


This portrait session allows time both to develop preliminary drawing technique and produce a sustained painting from the model during the three hours afternoon session.

By guided drawing and demonstration and through reference to the Artists, their techniques and materials, I would like each student to develop their drawing with both an understanding of the structure of the head and using a variety of materials and varied  approach. 

To quote Walter Sickert, I believe that primarily, "Drawing is the thing", and that we need to sharpen our observation and search as we try to draw and paint. We each have a unique opportunity every time we look at something to express our individual response. We need to draw regularly to facilitate this response and become more fluid in our work.

During the day there will be time for discussion about the nature of drawing and for reviewing the work.

All you need to bring is a combination of your own emotional response, keen observation and willingness to try out different techniques and materials. If you have specific materials you would very much like to use, by all means bring them. Pencil, chalk and charcoal, ink and Acrylics will be provided together with drawing and painting surfaces.


'I have painted for several decades, attaining my Bachelors degree in Fine Art (Painting) and a post graduate Art Teacher's Certificate. Following this I worked in Adult Education and taught in schools.

I have always worked in Oils and more recently, particularly in portraiture, in Pastels.Figure drawing, also, is a major focus of mine. Over the last few years I have been concentrating on landscape painting in situ, in the local environment. This work  was exhibited last year at Southampton City Art Gallery, Poole Arts Centre and The National Trust Discovery Centre at Studland, where I and other artists were invited to run summer Art workshops for the National Trust'. 

Val Gilman 7.5.2015



All abilities welcome including complete beginners!
Small friendly group.

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