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14th March Experimental, Evocative Landscapes Mixed Media with Mel C. Hicks

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Experimental, evocative landscapes – mixed media with Mel Cormack-Hicks

Saturday 14th March 2020

10am – 4pm

All abilities welcome

Debunking composition! Melanie will show you how to create dynamic compositions with her easy to follow hands on teaching methods. You will experiment with composition and leave with the skills that will allow you to make use of composition with impact.

Colour Theory ~ Using colour really helps to evoke emotion in our artwork. All too often however it becomes an element of our artwork that we guess at. Melanie will show you how to use colour theory as a tool to create impact leaving you feeling confident about your colour palette.

What will I achieve?

You will create one or more landscape compositions during the course of the day. These landscapes will have a visual impact, using your newly found knowledge of composition and colour.

About Mel

A Fine Art painting degree from Cheltenham in the mid 90’s allowed Mel to find her artistic voice. Following this, she spent twenty years teaching secondary school pupils and just three years ago decided to become a full time professional artist. Her first solo show at Chapel Arts in Cheltenham launched her new career. She has exhibited at ‘The Other Art Fair’ a Saatchi affiliated show and is represented by Marine House at Beer. She is full of energy and enthusiasm for her new audience of students and is loving sharing her creative process.

All attendees receive 5% off in our shop adjacent to Studio One at Pegasus Art.

All of the materials below are available.

Tea & coffee will be provided throughout the day.

Recommended Equipment List

Please bring any materials you already have and would like to bring. This is a guideline for what to bring:

•Bring a selection of both dry and wet materials, then we can try out mixed media techniques!

• Bring oils, and also quick drying materials; ink, watercolour, watercolour pencils, gouache, acrylics, pencils, chalks, pastels.

• Bring five print outs of landscapes that have meaning to you. They could be several images of the same location from different angles OR different images. The printouts should be A5 size minimum. You can bring photographs, but please note, you will be painting on top of them and possibly tearing them up.

- Acrylic Inks from Daler Rowney – Prussian blue, Payne’s Grey, Cadmium Red, White and Sap Green – these are her staple colours:

- Watersoluble coloured pencils – blues, turquoises, reds and yellows. You can buy single pencils here:

- Masking fluid

- Glue stick

- Candle

- Pipette

- Palette Knife - any shape

- White gesso – any kind. Our Jo Sonja 250ml bottle is the cheapest:

- Golden gloss medium – this is a nice extra, but certainly not essential. Mel can show you how to use it:

- Amsterdam acrylics - Mel recommends Naples Yellow and White

- Five print outs of landscapes that have meaning to you. They could be several images / photographs of the same location from different angles OR different images. The print outs should be A5 minimum.

- Sketchbook – no larger than A4, any format.

- Boards, card, paper or canvas to work on depending on the materials you want to work with. I suggest not larger than roughly 8 x 8 inches in size or similar sized rectangle format.

- A packed lunch and water – there is no café at Griffin Mill.

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