Loose and Free Flower Painting with Soraya French

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Thursday 14th September 2023


10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Course Description

The internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Soraya French will be with us to run this mixed-media course designed for anyone who wishes to explore the versatility of working with acrylics and inks on the theme of loose and free florals.
This workshop will suit those who wish to progress towards a looser way of depicting flowers rather than a tight and detailed style. The subject allows the students to experience working with acrylic inks or diluted heavy body colours or fluids to take the subject towards slightly more abstract forms. There will be examples of possible techniques through demonstrations as well as plenty of individual tuition throughout the day. Colour, composition, elements and principles of design will be touched upon during the course of the workshop. A fun and informative day for flower lovers and those who love working with bright and vibrant colours.

Towards the end of the day, we clear up space to showcase the works produced during the course of the day and although everyone will have plenty of individual appraisal throughout the day, certain paintings will be talked about if there are points that are of benefit to the group for learning purposes. This is on a voluntary basis and those who do not wish to show any of their work at the end of the day do not have to do this, they will have had their personal critique during the day, but this is a beneficial exercise for all. By the time the students leave this workshop they should be well versed in the versatility of acrylics and its related products and how to incorporate it into a mixed media painting. Finally, there will be an opportunity for a Q & session at the end of the day before we say goodbye.

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All abilities welcome


Mixed Media

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  • Important: The students are encouraged to bring some personal reference materials in the form of photos and sketches in order to produce original work. So please bring a selection of photos or sketches of your favourite flowers. You may work from fresh flowers in front of you or bring pots of flowers with interesting backgrounds,   Soraya would like to encourage the students to produce really original paintings with maximum input from themselves. She works from images on her ipad so it is imperative to bring your own references.

    Acrylic paints in tubes in the following colours (preferably artist quality): Ultramarine blue, Phthalo blue or Prussian blue, Lemon yellow or Benzimidazolone light, Cadmium yellow medium or dark, Cadmium red light, Quinacridone magenta, Burnt sienna, Yellow ochre, Titanium white. Phthalo green if you have got any.

    This is a very basic palette and can give you all the other colours you need, however, please feel free to bring any additional colours you wish or you feel may suit your chosen subject matter which are not listed above.

    A sketch pad and pencils for making thumbnail sketches.

    Acrylic inks, Magenta or Crimson,  scarlet or Flame red- Brilliant yellow, Lemon yellow, Prussian blue or Indigo and white. If you prefer watercolours to inks then please bring them with you

    Soft or chalk pastels

    Oil pastels if you have already got some in lovely bright colours

    Brushes – good selection of  both watercolour and acrylic brushes,

    Palette knife – very important for making texture

    Support: Watercolour paper or mount board, or MDF board or canvas, you don’t need all of them it is either or. Inks work better on an absorbent surface such as watercolour paper rather than Canvas boards. Please bring enough to do a couple of pieces.

    Stay-wet palette or a make-shift one  or a tear-off palette or similar

    Collage materials such as tissue paper, handmade paper and other interesting items that can be added to make interesting surfaces. Just a few pieces are required for one or two paintings.

    Watercolour palette if you are using inks

    PVA glue for sticking down collage

    Apron, masking tape

    Gesso, acrylic primer –  if you have texture pastes bring that too, please.



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.


Soraya French

International Artist and Author, Soraya works in watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics and mixed media with a variety of subject matters such as musicians, café scenes and African market scenes amongst others. Many of her subjects are travel based including people in everyday life situations. Soraya has received a number of prestigious art awards for her paintings in recent years and many of her paintings can be found in private and public collections both at home and abroad.

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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.




Thursday 14th September 2023


10:00 am – 4:30 pm



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