The Heatherley School of Fine Art £65 / 60 Friends & Students 10am - 4pm

The workshop will begin with a number of life drawing exercises followed by work developing abstracted pieces using acrylic paint and collage. We will look at how figurative studies can inform abstracted ideas with a particular focus on colour, form and texture.


Participants need to bring acrylic paints, a sketchbook, pencils, charcoal or pens and suitable supports such as paper, canvas or board (please nothing smaller than A4 minimum, but preferably A3 or larger). You will also need scissors and/or craft knife, collage materials, PVA or another suitable adhesive. The choice of collage material is yours, for example newspaper, magazines, coloured papers, old maps, discarded notes, sheet music, brochures, annoying rubbish that's been put through your door, fabric, old clothing and netting, in fact anything you can cut and stick down!



Acrylic paints

Brushes of all thicknesses and types

Paper of differing thicknesses

If you prefer: paper stretched on a board

Pencils/graphite stick

Other drawing materials, perhaps including coloured pencils

Putty rubber

Plenty of plain paper towel

Water jar


Source material as suits: this might include sketches, studies, photographs (digital or otherwise), material for collage use.


The purpose of the workshop is to examine the choices that are part of the painting process so come armed with alternatives, inspiration and curiosity. We will aim is to free up your work and have fun with materials!