‘Light in the Landscape – the English Countryside’ in Watercolour with Richard Thorn
This one day watercolour class with Devon-based award-winning artist and tutor Richard Thorn will show students how to work from light to dark in successive washes, adding texture during the process. The theme will be a study of English countryside with the inclusion of a country lane, and students will be shown a number of techniques in the demo including how to tackle trees and shade, which they will then have the opportunity to apply. For Richard, it’s about conveying the beauty and nature in striking and dynamic painting.
Richard began his painting career in the early 80’s after a long sojourn in London playing Jazz. Recently, after having his work accepted for the last four years at the Royal Institute (for painters in watercolour) open exhibitions, he has won two awards for best watercolour. Light, texture and distance are his principal concerns. These elements predominate his subject matter.
“My principal inspiration for my paintings is light and seasonal change. Nature is the ‘canvas’ for these subjects. Nature not only provides the textures and colours provided by light and season, but also the deeper poetic. My attempts to communicate these themes become more defined as I progress in my techniques and my responses to nature. As an artist, my goal is not to render a scene or subject solely for its inherent qualities, but to imbue the emotional expressions illicited by nature.”
Richard has published a number of technique-based books, and has also contributed to many magazines including The Artist, International Artist, and Pratique Des Arts.
- A couple of sheets of a good 250 or 300lb rough watercolour paper – roughly A3 or A2 in size
- Watercolour paints (tubes or pans), preferably artist quality.
- A selection of watercolour brushes including a stiff oil brush for spattering
- A white ink or gouache
- Sketch book/ cartridge paper for sketching out composition
- Masking fluid
- Watercolour crayons (optional)
- A small support if working flat (table easels are provided if wanting to work upright)
- Board for mounting paper
- Pencils and or conte
- a palette for paints
- a water holder
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.
Richard began his painting career in the early 80’s after a long sojourn in London playing Jazz.Since those early days his paintings have been sold and exhibited in many leading galleries throughout the Southern region as well as America, Taiwan and South Korea.Recently, after having his work accepted for the last 4 years at the Royal Institute (for painters in watercolour) open exhibitions, he has won 2 awards for best watercolour.He was also invited to participate in the Quingdao International Watercolour Exhibition 2019 where he won an excellent work award. Art Promoters in China are currently showing his work and have asked the artist to return to demonstrate and exhibit. Light, texture and distance are his principal concerns. These elements predominate his subject matter. There is a constant search for new techniques toward those goals.“For me, painting is a continuum – an exploration. But watercolour is a medium that seems to be always one step ahead” Richard has published a number of technique books, and has also had his articles published in The Artist, International Artist, and Pratique Des Arts.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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