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Learn the painting secrets of the masters and have a go yourself!

12 June 2018 by Simon Birtall

Blackberry Gathering (1912), Elizabeth Forbes, Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery’s painting collection spans a broad spectrum of work from the Renaissance to the modern era. It includes artwork made in an engaging variety of contrasting styles, from the refined tempera paintings of the early Renaissance to the painterly, expressive brushwork and bold colour of the Impressionist era, to abstraction and beyond. Taken together, the collection illustrates the development in painting technique over eight centuries of artistic practice.

Coming up this summer at the Walker Art Gallery, over five consecutive Sundays in June and July, In the Style of… is a series of practical workshop sessions for adults that delves deeper into the working techniques of some of the great artists featured in our collection.

This will be the second series of In the Style of… workshops, following a series I ran earlier this year. The workshops are broadly aimed at both amateur artists and complete novices who simply want to ‘have a go’ and either enjoy some relaxing painting or to challenge themselves with something new. Alongside work by familiar names, the workshops aim to introduce visitors to paintings within the gallery they might otherwise overlook. In the upcoming series for example I will be covering Elizabeth Forbes’s beautiful Blackberry Gatherers (pictured here) and Harold Gilman’s sumptuously painted portrait, Mrs Mounter.

In addition to offering insights into painting techniques, I hope workshops also provide some inspiration to carry on the good work at home, encouragement to look more closely at paintings, and some basics to consider when thinking about how works were created.

As with the first season of workshops, the upcoming sessions will commence with a talk, given by myself, on the week’s featured artist with reference to (and in front of) one of their paintings in the gallery. Visitors will be taken step-by-step through the respective artist’s technical approach, with tips being given on reproducing key elements such as colour, texture and tone. As far as is reasonably possible, I aim to provide visitors with a simplified and logical route via which the work of that week’s artist work might be approximated in acrylics in a short timescale.

Following this introductory talk (and away from prying eyes!), attendees will have the chance to put their new found knowledge immediately into practice in the production of a painting in the artist’s style to take home. Attendees may choose to be guided with their work or simply left to their own devices. All materials will be supplied, and all paintings will be made in acrylics.

In the Style of… is a free event but booking is essential. To book a place on a workshop or for more information, please visit our Eventbrite page:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/walker-art-gallery-education-team-16670164995

Workshops (all 1:00pm to 3:00pm) are scheduled to take place on the following dates:

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