Capturing Movement with Jamel Akib

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Wednesday 17th April 2024


10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Course Description

We are delighted to have the hugely talented and multi-award-winning Jamel Akib joining us for another couple of workshops in April. Jamel has won the V&A Illustration Awards in editorial illustration twice, has illustrated three Booker Prize winners, and illustrated the cover for the Observer whilst still a student. As a painter, he’s won the Charles Pear award at The Royal Marine Society exhibition at the Mall, and ‘The Artist’ magazine prize at the Royal Marine Society exhibition.


Jamel will be running a ‘Capturing Movement’ workshop on the 17th April where students will look at how to add life into your paintings by introducing vigour to your brushstrokes and a punch to your colour. You will look at a variety of subjects: adding movement to a still life, a dancer, wildlife and birds.


All your strokes will emanate from a clear focal point, but the focus will be on achieving movement with a fast and loose approach.  You’ll focus on impressions of flight, or a fleeting glimpse of a dancer or a fox caught in sunlight.


This will be a pacy workshop where students will be encouraged to make instinctive and immediate brush marks, and not overthink or overwork their paintings.



Course Information

Ability level

All abilities welcome


Acrylic, Oils

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  • 4 canvases or canvas boards roughly 30 x 40cm or so


  • Paint in either oils or acrylics:
    Cerulean Blue / Azure Blue
    Cadmium Yellow and yellow deep
    Permanent Rose / Alizarine Crimson / Magenta
    Cadmium Orange
    Bright Green
    Green Gold
    Burnt Sienna
    Raw Sienna
    Ivory Black
    Titanium White
    Bright red / Cadmium Red
    Ultramarine Blue
    Burnt Umber
    Naples Yellow


  • For those painting with oils:
    Liquin, Sansodor, to thin oil paint
    Cold wax / liquin Impasto to thicken oil paint
  • For those using acrylic:
  • Texture paste to thicken acrylic
  • Brushes – long rigger for creating lines, flats size 4,6,8, 10, 12 and a two-inch brush
  • Jam jar / water pot
  • Old raga
  • A paint palette
  • Palette knife/s


Visual imagery will be provided by Jamel, but feel free to also bring your own.

Provided by Cornwall School of Art if required

  • Easels
  • Drawing boards
  • Water jars
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Clips

All art materials are available to purchase in the Truro Arts shop, 26 River Street Truro TR1 2SJ, and you will receive a 10% discount on all supplies for the course.


Jamel Akib

Jamel Akib was born in Leigh-on-sea, Essex in 1965 to mixed English and Malaysian parentage.  He moved to Sabah, North Borneo at the age of five and returned to England in 1978 and gained a BA honours Degree in Illustration in 1989. He now lives in Salisbury with his wife and two boys.  He began working for the Observer newspaper while still a student at art college, and has since become an award-winning artist involved in many exhibitions and commissions. Jamel has illustrated the covers for three booker prize finalists.  Jamel’s paintings and drawings have a vigour about them and convey movement, whether it is a portrait of a dancer, a musician or a wild animal or bird. The initial exploratory strokes are often left on the paper or board, and the portrait grows from these marks – the result is invariably painterly and full of energy. He has an instinctive and natural flair for knowing when things look ‘right’, and right they do – beautiful and expressive mark-making moulded into a masterful portrait that really breathes life.

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Our courses usually begin at 10am and end at 4:30pm, with a half an hour lunch break at around 1pm. There will also be brief morning and afternoon breaks, with free tea and coffee available in the kitchen area. At Lunch time you can make things nice and easy by pre-ordering a freshly prepared Coach House Lunch. Alternatively, you’re very welcome to bring along a packed lunch and any other refreshments you like.

On sunny days students and tutors are invited to enjoy breaktimes outside in the leafy courtyard or gardens surrounded by birdsong.




Wednesday 17th April 2024


10:00 am – 4:30 pm



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