This one-day course considers how to work from photographs and found imagery to create interesting and exciting paintings. Michael Middleton will address several methods of working, techniques, drawing and composition and procedures in regard to watercolour and acrylic. Some experience with this medium is helpful, but not essential to participate in the workshop.
Structure of the day
-Showing examples of work
-Talking about practices and procedures
- The students will make a start on their own paintings
-Developing the paintings
-A discussion with the tutor and whole class regarding the paintings
-Advice on how to develop and resolve the work further
There will be a 40 minute lunch break, but students are welcome to continue working over this period, if they wish.
About the Tutor
Mike Middleton was born in Louth, Lincolnshire and studied at Farnham Art School, Sheffield Polytechnic and Chelsea School of Art. He works largely in watercolour, and acrylic but he is also a printmaker working mostly in etching. His subject matter includes domestic architecture, gardens and landscape. Working across different mediums offers the opportunity to explore imagery in all sorts of different ways. The painting, drawing or print can be thoroughly explored, tweaked and tested. Scale can be altered, colour can be discarded or invented and the artist is only limited by their imagination. Occasionally work even develops into three dimensions. Drawing is usually the beginning of the process but drawings are just the starting point even if they encompass print, collage, and colour. Subject matter is important but has to contain a set of formal qualities which can be developed. Occasionally there is a gentle subversive element at play within the work. Sometimes the titles give a clue. A wry look at modern life can be discerned beneath the carefully painted surfaces.