Sarah Spackman - The Presence of Flowers (Online); Thursdays, October 13-November 3, 2022

Date: Thursdays, October 13-November 3, 2022
Time: 9:30AM-12:00PM Pacific Time/12:30-3:00 PM Eastern Time/5:30-8:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Oil

Week 1

Students will bring a chosen flower to the workshop. We will look at the structure and individuality of the chosen flower and explore its particular character through drawing and tonal studies. We will also look at paintings of flowers by a variety of artists and look at the history of flower painting in oils. I will be drawing and painting along with the students during each session. Questions are always welcome as we paint!

Week 2

Students will again bring a chosen flower to the session and we will begin to look at the flower in its space- the composition, tone and colour of the picture. We will make value and colour studies exploring different set ups.

Week 3

Students will choose a set up. The chosen flower composition will be contemplated and discussed. We will explore the structure, form and specific character of the flower through the colour and value relationships over the whole painting.

We will begin to talk about flattening and abstracting the shapes and colours to create the form.

Week 4

We will look at students work and address any specific problems that have arisen during the painting of the flowers and their setups. I will paint a set up to demonstrate the process and there will be time for students to ask questions.

Sarah Spackman is a contemporary figurative artist particularly well known for her still life oil paintings. She works from a studio in Oxford that was once a punt building workshop.Strength of drawing and the delicate and subtle use of colour are two of the main qualities recognised in her work. Her practise focuses on the principle that good drawing is the basis of good painting and that colour should be used to enhance the organisation and definition of observed space and form. Sarah works in a considered way, with close observation. Her paintings are quiet in their presence but nonetheless powerful and engaging to the viewer. These are paintings that take a close look at things around us, take the object out of the ordinary and make the viewer look again.

Sarah trained at Byam Shaw School of Art, London and graduated from Camberwell School of art in 1981. She was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2019, and a member of the Small Paintings Group in 2021. Sarah’s work is in many private collections world wide as well as the collection of the Allied Irish Bank. Her work has also been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Competition , the NEAC, the ROI, the RBA and the Discerning Eye Exhibitions. Sarah exhibits regularly with several galleries throughout the

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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.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • 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. Find out how to access the class group message board here.