Amy Dury – Painting from Found Images (Online); Wednesdays, June 7-28, 2023

This class is no longer available for registration. Please view our Online Course Catalog for current class listings.

Date: Wednesdays, June 7-28, 2023
Time: 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time, 12:30-3:00 PM Eastern Time, 5:30-8:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil or acrylic

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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 no longer available for registration because it was held in the past.  Please view our Online Course Catalog to see current classes.