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“I think that painting today is pure intuition and luck.”

Francis Bacon on Matthew Smith (1909-1992)

For most of us, our relationship with art begins with a line. We take a pencil or a crayon and delineate our idea. In our enthusiasm, we may even attempt to colour it in. In the experience of many, that attempt leads only to disappointment. We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is the difference?

This eight week course explores the gulf between drawing and painting and then seeks to provide a bridge between the two disciplines. Beginning with simple pencil studies, we will then develop our work in both charcoal and ink, gaining confidence in our abilities, before painting in bold colour.

The theme for this particular 8 week Pencil To Paint course will be abstraction and we will look at how form, gesture and emotion all play their part in successful picture-making, regardless of genre.

Topics will include:
    • Mark-making
    • Line, measurement and proportion
    • Notān
    • Colour: theory and mixing
Qualify for 10% discount on art materials at selected retailers when you attend your first session!

‘Thank you so much for all your patience… you explained the concept better than anyone else has done.’ P.R. Bristol


Claverton Down Community Hall
Claverton Down Road

Wednesdays 16:30 – 18:00
commencing 18 April for 8 weeks

Sessions: 8 x 1.5 hour sessions

Cost: £80
David regrets that he cannot accept pro rata payments.


You can book online quickly and easily using either a debit/credit card or PayPal. For alternative payment methods, please contact David.

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A limited number of 4-week tickets may be available for this course. Please contact David for details.


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