Date: Wednesdays, August 16-September 13, 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 (some drawing experience helpful)
Vuillard said, “A form or a colour exists only in relation to another. Form does not exist on its own. We can only conceive of the relations.”
Let’s explore Vuillard’s paintings together, his simplified forms and colour shapes. We use our own arrangements of things at home, distil and select what we see around us, and paint more like ourselves, not Vuillard or me.
People are encouraged to use scraps of card and paper, treat these as colour studies and have fun with the paint. Some experience of drawing is helpful but all levels are welcome.
Week 1 copy of a Vuillard painting, building up the main colour shapes.
Week 2 Sight-size painting of a chair in a corner of the room with a few things on it.
Week 3 Sight-size painting of ourselves as a figure in the room, in the mirror.
Week 4 Sight-size painting of a corner of a room at night, with window. A nocturne!
Week 5 Life-size painting of a still life set up with patterned cloth.
Michael Weller studied librarianship in Manchester and realised early on he didn’t want to be a librarian. Life-drawing cheered him up. Later he did a degree in Fine Art and studied portrait-painting at Lavender Hill Studios and drawing and painting with the New English Art Club. In 2015 he won the Le Clerc Fowle Medal for a group of outstanding paintings at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters’ annual exhibition, and the Winsor & Newton Award for a painting at the New English Art Club annual exhibition. michaelweller.co.uk
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