Events and Workshops Information

Venue – Old Schoolhouse Kinnegad Co. Westmeath

Tutor – Kevin Flood

Mobile 086 2002969 or 086 0361169
email: info@kevinfloodfineart.com

SPRING/SUMMER COURSES 2017

Venue – Old Schoolhouse Kinnegad Co. Westmeath

Date                                               Medium                                         2 Day Course

April Sat 8th & Sun 9th            Watercolour                               €120.00

Theme: Colourful reflections in a Still Life subject

The subtle colours and translucent qualities of a group of red grapes and pears reflecting in a sparkling silver teapot – provide a magical subject to explore in watercolour.

The white table napkin contrasts with the deep shades of red that range from subtle brown red to crimson and red purples also the ochre greens of the pears. The colour contrasts are then echoed in the silver teapot.

This course will have instruction on:-
• How to simplify and paint the pattern in reflective objects.
• Using colour changes to capture the translucent quality of grapes.
• How to simplify and paint groups of grapes so that they look convincing.
• Exploring the use of transparent and granulating pigments to express the texture of fruits and other surfaces.
• How to use varied washes to paint clusters of grapes.
• Use shadow shapes as an important part of the painting – exploring their shape, tone and colour.

Watercolour paper – 300lbs Arches Not Pressed (if possible) OR
300 lbs. Saunders Waterford Series Not Pressed **
also some sheets of cheap 140lbs watercolour paper
**Not Pressed is also referred to as Cold Pressed. The surface is somewhat textured and suitable for most subjects.

Date                                                                 Medium                  2 Day Course

April Sat 29th & Sun 30th                              Oils/Acrylics                  € 120.00

Theme: Horses in a summer landscape

The beauty and elegance of the horse in a sunlit summer landscape, is the inspiration for this course.
The movement of the horse with her young foal playfully running at her side makes a striking subject.

Strong summer sunlight shows the anatomy of the horse particularly on the turn of the head and neck.

The feeling of warm summer sunshine is further enhanced by the beautiful warm harmony of colours that unite this painting.

This is an interesting and very rewarding subject to paint.

The course will have instruction on:-
• Basic techniques for drawing horses – working from very general basic shapes to a much more refined image.
• Using acrylics apply a basic pattern of light and dark to describe the overall form and then further develop the panting using oil paint, to show the underlying anatomy and muscles of the horse.
• How to simplify the background so that it suggests the feeling of light and shade on summer foliage.
• How to unify the horses with the background using a number of painting techniques.

Canvas size – 16in x 20in
Extra materials – sheet of cheap watercolour paper, charcoal and chalk.

Date                                                 Medium                         2 Day Course

May Sat 20th & Sun 21st                 Oils/Acrylics                       €120.00

Theme: Wild flowers on a May morning

A band of morning sun filters through a stand of old beech trees, illuminating a field, sprinkled with the white flowers of May. An old rusty gate merging with the cow parsley invites the viewer to explore this magical enclosure where an old house once stood.

The aim of the course is to refrain from painting the details of this scene and allow the colours to sing their own song.

This subject will enable us to explore the techniques used by the impressionists, to capture the unique qualities of light and time of day.

The course will have tuition on:-
• Understanding the techniques used by the impressionists and how to apply them to your own work to capture light and colour.
• Use the same basic palette of colours that Monet used and learn to mix a range of subtle colours from his vibrant palette.
• Creating colour interactions by using multiple small dabs of colour.
• Learn to interpret rather than copy the colours in a scene.

Additional colours: lemon yellow, cobalt violet (optional) cobalt blue, (emerald green or cobalt turquoise optional) cadmium red or light vermilion
Canvas/Board – 16in x 20in

Date                                                 Medium                         2 Day Course

June Sat 10th & Sun 11th              Oils/Acrylics                     €120.00

Theme: Summer in the garden

The summer garden offers endless possibilities for the painter.  There are some many memorable paintings by well-known impressionists particularly Monet and many Irish painters Osborne, Leech that are inspired by sparkling sunshine in a summer garden.

A section of herbaceous border that is dominated by the hot colours of summer is the inspiration for this course.

The intense reds of Ladybird poppies turn to orange in the warm sunshine to echo the strident orange of crocosmia, which is gently nudged into the yellows of the evening primrose.  Lemon yellow drifts into sun filled green that dramatically turns to inky blue greens in the shadow foliage.

The course will have instruction on:-

  •  How to use impasto and glazing to achieve more vibrant colour.
  • How to achieve a sense of light glowing out from a sunlit area within a painting.
  • Understand and paint more vibrant natural looking flowers by using the basic forms – rather than seeing the flower as a combination of details

Additional acrylic colours – cadmium red and cadmium orange also Acrylic Structuring paste

Canvas/Board 16in x 20in

 Date                                           Medium                              2 Day Course

July Sat 1 & Sun 2                      Watercolour                         €120.00

Theme: Patterns of light and colour on flowers

The violets blues of ‘Perle D’Azur’ clematis in dappled summer sunshine is the inspiration for this course. The pattern of light on the petals reveals an extensive palette of colours ranging from the palest crimson in the sunlight, through cobalt violet, to the deepest ultramarine blue in the shadow areas – making it a delightful watercolour subject.

The magical quality of light on petals creates a sense of form and reveals the varied textures of the petals. We will explore the range of techniques needed to describe the qualities of these flowers – using the unique characteristics of watercolour.

The course will have instruction on:-

• Ways to simplify the drawing process when painting flowers.
• How to apply masking fluid more effectively.
• We will explore how to use the first wash to create a sense of sparkling light that will glow through in the finished painting.
• Lifting techniques to enhance the painting not just correcting.
• Keep the background wash fresh and varied.
• How to convey the unique quality of the petals – textures, feeling of bounce and liveness of the flower.
• Intensifying the colours to bring the painting to life.
• How to put enough background detail yet avoid it competing with the main flowers.

Extra materials
Masking fluid

Watercolour paper – 300lbs Arches Not Pressed (if possible) OR
300 lbs. Saunders Waterford Series Not Pressed **
also some sheets of cheap 140lbs watercolour paper
**Not Pressed is also referred to as Cold Pressed. The surface is somewhat textured and suitable for most subjects.

Environmentally friendly solvents for use in the Studio
To help maintain a pleasant working environment in the studio when painting in oils,
I would ask that everyone attending our oil painting courses use only environmentally friendly solvents. “Zest it” is available from Evans Art Supplies, Tel 01 8726855. www.kmevans.com which can be used both for mixing with paints and cleaning brushes.
It is important to bring a basic set of acrylics (3 Primary – Red, Blue, Yellow also White & Burnt Sienna, 1 Flat Brush No. 6 or 8) as well as your standard oil painting materials on all the courses.

For many of the courses you will need to have at least two palette knives – one medium size and one small knife. These should have a very flexible blade.

Courses are only suitable for people who have some previous experience.

A booking deposit of 50.00euro is required to secure your place on any course.

Maximum No.10 people. Time 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Free parking.

The price includes Tuition and use of the Studio with Tea & Coffee

Contact: Ita Flood – Mobile: 086 0361169 or 086 2002969.
Email: info@kevinfloodfineart.com

This is a joint programme between the artist and the Arts Office of LWETB.
Sponsored by Midland Arts at LWETB

 

WATERCOLOUR MATERIALS

Any of the following brands – Winsor & Newton- Schmincke – Sennelier or Maimeri

Blues              Winsor Blue green shade

French Ultramarine

Greens           Viridian

Olive Green (Optional)

Yellows         Indian Yellow (Optional)

Cadmium Yellow

Aureolin or Cadmium Lemon

Raw Sienna or (Yellow Ochre)

Cadmium Orange (Optional)

Browns           Raw Umber

Burnt Sienna

Reds              Cadmium Red or Vermilion

Alizarin Crimson or Rose Madder Genuine or

Rose Madder Lake (Sennelier)

Magenta

Light Red or Indian red (Optional)

Brushes

1 large flat brush for washes 1”,½” flat brush also¼” flat brush

2” Sky Brush is also very useful (optional)

I also use a 1” Filbert (optional)

Round Brushes

14, 10, 8, 4, 2 (No. 20 optional)

Acrylic brushes are generally not suitable for watercolour painting I normally use either sable brushes or sable synthetic mix but good quality synthetic brushes can be used.

Masking Fluid

2 large white plates or ceramic palette

3 white Ceramic small dishes for mixing washes

Selection of pencils 6B, 4B, 2B.

Plywood Drawing Board

Sketch pad

Plywood Drawing Board

Kitchen Roll

3 Jam Jar

I strongly recommend buying Artist quality watercolour paper

300 lbs. Arches Not Pressed** or Rough or

300 lbs. Saunders Waterford Series Not Pressed** or Rough.

140 lbs. Artist quality watercolour paper can be satisfactory if it is stretched before attending the course, for this you will need gummed backed tape.

It would also be helpful to have some sheets of student quality 140lbs watercolour paper

**Not Pressed is also referred to as Cold Pressed.  The surface is somewhat textured and suitable for most subjects.

LIST OF MATERIALS FOR OIL PAINTING

For beginners we have marked the essential colours with an asterisk  *. 

Although it is not essential  I recommend artists quality in all the materials.

* Titanium white 200ml tube

* Cadmium yellow

* Cadmium lemon

Cadmium Orange (Optional)

* Yellow Ochre

Naples Yellow

Raw Sienna

* French Ultramarine

* Prussian Blue or  (Cerulean Blue)

* Cadmium Red

* Alizarin crimson

Magenta

Light Red

Alizarin Violet

*Viridian

Raw Umber

*Brunt Sienna

* Burnt umber

Brushes Filbert -  Artists quality Hog  (Brand – da Vinci Maestro 2)

Filbert  2, 4, 6, 8

Round 2, 4, 6, (8 optional)

2 Palette Knives (Small & Medium – with flexible blade)

Selection of canvases or  canvas boards

“Zest it”  Solvent**  + 3 Jam Jars

Refined Linseed Oil

Large wooden palette + dipper

Sketching material charcoal  +  sketchpad

Cloths for cleaning brushes

** Note about environmentally friendly solvents for use in the Studio

To help maintain a pleasant working environment in the studio when painting in oils,

I would ask that everyone  attending our oil painting courses use only  environmentally friendly solvents.

“Zest it” is available from Evans Art Supplies,

5/6 Meeting House Lane, St. Mary’s Abbey, just off Capel Street, Dublin .

Tel 01 8726855. www.kmevans.com  which can be used both for mixing with paints and cleaning brushes.

Please enquire for details when booking.

It is important to bring a basic set of acrylics (3 Primary – Red, Blue, Yellow also White & Burnt Sienna, 1 Flat Brush No. 6 or 8)  as well as your standard oil painting materials on all the courses.