Painting Workshops

If you would like to explore your creative side’ this course is for you

This class is suitable for all skill levels; (for repeat / advanced students, the class will be tailored to suit your needs and skill level).

In this course we will work from life and will be drawing and painting with a variety of media. We will explore colour, spatial relationships, paper, painting tools and mark making. We will learn about tone, temperature, how to draw with paint and express ourselves with colour. We will look at some exciting art works and artists and will be painting with gouache or acrylic paint; and ink. Lessons may include the following activities: Gesture drawing and mark making, Colour mixing, Painting and wax resist, Portraiture, Painting with ink, or quink and bleach, Learning about negative space and creating compositions, Using collage to create a surface.

Emma will do demonstrations for each exercise. Our goal will be to create our own unique paintings while experimenting with new methods and ways of seeing. The course is designed to further your painting skills and knowledge of colour and will hopefully inspire you to go home and continue painting.

Your Tutor: Emma Copley

Emma Copley has a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MA in Fine Art from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge School of Art where she graduated with Distinction in 2017. She was one of 25 artists shortlisted in The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2016 and was a semi-finalist in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Award in 2015. Copley has shown her work internationally in exhibitions and fairs in the UK, the US, and Italy, including the ING Discerning Eye exhibition, Lynn Painter Stainers Prize, and The Other Art Fair London.

Emma has completed work for exhibition, commission, advertising and publication including recently; commission for British Airways; solo exhibition at London’s Hospital Club; residency at Stephen Perse Foundation Cambridge, award winner Other Art Fair x Habitat Print Award; longlist Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020, commission for Cambridge University Library to create a large painting installation, which was recently purchased and added to their permanent collection.

What you will need to bring to the first session

You will be able to add to your ‘kit’ gradually, but to start with it is helpful to have:

  • Vine Charcoal
  • Some Pencils
  • White Eraser
  • A4 Sketchbook for drawing and notes
  • Any other tools you like


Course Details

Day Thursday
Time 18.30-20.30
Weeks/Term 10 weeks
Start Date 15 September 2022
Cost £130
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