Amy Dury – Painting from Found Images (Online); Wednesdays, February 28-March 20, 2024

Date: Wednesdays, February 28-March 20, 2024
Time*: 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time, 12:30-3:00 PM Eastern Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylic

*International Students: Clocks change one hour forward in the USA on March 10. The UK & EU change clocks on March 31. Therefore, class time on February 28 and March 6 is 5:30-8:00 PM London Time. March 13 and 20 class time is 4:30-7:00 PM London Time. Please be aware of the time change when registering for this class.

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In this course we will be working from found imagery to create original oil paintings. Many artists use photography as their primary source, and in these classes we will consider how they have approached this and how we can mine the vast archive of C20th imagery in photography and film to inspire our own work.

We’ll approach color and composition in our own work by learning from the masterworks of other artists, both contemporary and historical.  There will be time in each session devoted to learning from other painters who use photography and film, and we will consider both the choosing of powerful imagery and the interpretation of it using colour, composition and brushwork.

What this course will cover:

  • Choosing powerful imagery from vintage film and photography.
  • Exploring playful ways to interpret images through drawing and painting
  • Using digital manipulation as an editing and composing tool
  • Exploring the psychological effects of composition and colour choices
  • Using simplified colour palettes to create atmosphere
  • Learning from other artists to inspire our choices
  • Examining ways to paint figures and faces


Students will be given lively exercises to follow, homework to complete and will be given feedback each week. Amy will demonstrate her approach to choosing imagery, using drawing and digital methods to compose, and starting a painting.

You’ll leave the workshop with a new confidence about making original choices and new ideas to use found imagery in your own painting.

UK-based painter Amy Dury works with oils to create evocative and nostalgic works of art. Combining elements of realism with occasional abstract and gestural brushwork, Amy’s figurative paintings have a distinct atmosphere to them. Each of Amy’s works have their own colour scheme, sometimes sticking to a palette of sombre blues, and at other times consisting of rich reds and earthy browns.

This class is full.  Please sign up for the Wait List to be notified if a spot opens up or if Amy adds another section of this class.

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About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • You will have access to a private class message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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