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Working with Water: Exploring the Potential of water-based Mediums

20 April 2020 until 22 June 2020
The Edinburgh Drawing School

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This class will introduce students to techniques of working with a wide variety of water-based mediums. Students will work with a variety of different studio installations to use as a vehicle to explore the diverse and surprising qualities and abilities of watercolour, gouache, acrylic and mixed media.

This course is suitable for beginners, although it is aimed more at advanced students who already have a drawing and painting practice and are seeking to expand their repertoire.

The course will focus on a different painterly medium every few weeks, enabling students to get to grips with the particularities of each substance. Students will build on their observational perception and painting skills with each lesson, and will also learn new methods to help them expand their ways of approaching objects and space in a creative manner. We will also be looking at more abstract ways of working directly with water-based mediums, to push the potential of each type of paint. As a result, students will build their confidence in using a wide variety of media, and will successfully be able to identify and apply the methods that suit their aims as individual artists.

Sessions will normally begin with a comprehensive slide lecture illustrating the history, possibilities and advantages of each medium, as well as providing visual inspiration for the day.

Georgia O’Keefe, Arthur Melville, Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Klee, Lourdes Sanchez and Henri Matisse are some of the artists that we will be looking at during the course.

Ginny Elston returns to the Edinburgh Drawing School this spring after leading the Foundation Course at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China from 2018 -2019. Ginny is a Scottish artist and educator, whose interests lie in the languages of painting, drawing and printmaking, as well as installation art. Following her undergraduate BA Hons in Art History and French, she went on to study painting for 3 years at the Leith School of Art in Edinburgh. She began her teaching career there in 2013, and has since worked for the Edinburgh Drawing School, the Edinburgh International Festival and at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China from 2018 -2019.


Posted by: Ginny Elston

'Dark Nights, Hot Days' Gouache on paper

'Dark Nights, Hot Days' Gouache on paper