How to Sketch in a Day with Peter Cronin
Most people look at the world in a way that prohibits them from an easy understanding of sketching. This course will introduce students to the correct way to look, thus enabling you to understand what’s before you, which will in turn allow you to render it simply onto your sketchbook.
The course will start with a demonstration of Peter’s technique and then the time will be spent sketching some simple scenes designed to reinforce the method of ‘seeing like a pencil’.
- an eraser
- A sketch book with reasonably heavy paper 150gm will be fine
- 3B pencil
- Some reference material if you wish.
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.
Peter Cronin was born in South Wales and worked in heavy industry as an engineer for twenty years before becoming a full-time artist in 2003. He is a self-taught painter in the plein air tradition and has been painting in watercolour for over forty years and oils for around ten. He has exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists and he is a member of both the Watercolour Society of Wales and the Pure Watercolour Society. He regards watercolour as the most demanding of medium, there being little margin for error. However in its purest form he regards watercolour as a very expressive medium in a confident hand. “My choice of subject matter reflects my impressions of the world around me. My preferred method of painting is to work outdoors directly in front of the subject, it takes a lot of technical competence, but the emotions of the moment are fresh and alive. My stimuli will be light and atmosphere but shapes count for me too. I love the way shapes merge and edges are lost and found again. I think the act of en plein air painting is such an all-consuming emotional burst, it always leaves me exhausted yet exhilarated. I paint mainly in watercolour in a traditional transparent manner. It is a fantastic medium once you have got to grips with the technique. Of late, oil painting has come onto the agenda, and I can see the merits of this tremendous medium too.” Peter has produced two books, one on his watercolour technique – Pure Watercolour Painting, and a more recent publication titled Sketching for the Absolute Beginner both through Search Press. He was the judge and mentor for the Welsh heats of the 2022 series Watercolour Challenge on Channel 5. Peter was the 2019 winner of the Canson prize for Best Works on Paper.Find Out More
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.
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