Alex Fowler – Exploring Colour with a Life Model

Sunday the 19th March, the 2nd and 9th of April
10.00am – 4.00pm

Cost £165

You will:

  • Work from the nude model
  • Explore your subject in terms of colour and shape
  • Learn about colour perception
  • Discover how to mix the colours you see
  • Feel the colour, rhythms and texture of your motif
  • Work one on one with Alex

Alex Fowler is a natural teacher with an easy charm and ready wit. He has a good grasp of the history of art and approaches his own work with rigour. He is what some would call a perceptual painter who attempts to put down in paint the experience of seeing.  From his artist’s statement:

“For Alex, painting is a wonderful way of engaging with the beauty and peculiarity of the visible world; whether working on a Landscape, Cityscape, Figure or Still Life there is similar joy in unpicking the perceptual experience. What makes it just so is never to do with an inventory list of things seen, but an experience distilled through eye, mind and feeling. The realisation is that there is nothing more abstract than the visible world, and the hope is to capture something of the visceral experience of place, whether working on a large still life painting in the relative calm of the studio or out in the streets of a foreign city.”

This course will be ideal for anyone wanting to improve their skills in oil painting with the support of a well known and highly regarded tutor.  Whilst we will be working from the nude model what is learnt is applicable to any genre of observational painting, we study the nude to train the eye. Expect to be challenged, expect to work hard and welcome epiphanies.

Each day will include painting, demonstration and discussion individually and as a group. We will be providing lunch and refreshments (modest charge) and will eat together in the studio.

If you are an experienced painter bring your usual kit but bear in mind the recommended materials for Alex’ workshops:

Materials list:

  • Oil Paints: Preferably artist-quality paint as the range of colour you can achieve will be far greater (but student quality paint will do). The following colours are recommended, but you may bring others too if you like working with them – Titanium White, Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light or Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson. Ultramarine Blue, Phalocyanine Blue, Quinacridone Magenta.
  • Palette Knife: not too small.
  • Brushes: A mixture of Filbert Hog or a Hog synthetic mix – sizes 2,4,6,12. A couple of larger brushes [as they keep things simple] and ones which come to a point would also be useful. [remember these materials are are recommendations – don’t worry if you haven’t got all of them on the day- just bring what you can].
  • Medium: ‘Zest it’ or low odour solvent, but no White Spirit. Empty Jam Jar or bottle.
  • Palette: White if possible, at least A3 or bigger.
  • Canvasses/Boards: Either acrylic primed canvas or MDF board – at least 18″x 26″. A smaller extra canvas or primed paper would also be useful. Rags or kitchen paper for cleaning brushes.
  • Drawing equipment: Masking tape, pocket sketchbook, soft pencils (2b at least), rubber, viewfinder.

We will have some A3 canvases to buy for £5, student quality but good enough.

Please tell us you’d like to come by filling in the form here and we’ll ask you to pay either the full amount or a deposit of £30.