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Oils and Acrylics – Saturday Workshop

Join this one-day workshop for an experimental and enjoyable introduction to oil paints and acrylics.

Course overview


Spring term

Saturday 19 February 2022

09.00-09.30 Welcome session with tea/coffee
09.30-12.30 Morning Class
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-16.30 Afternoon Class


Sarah L Goy



Course details

With an abstract and expressive approach, students will begin with a series of warm-up sketching exercises using mixed media before moving on to acrylic paint.

Students will then move on to oils and canvas using ideas previously explored, with an abstract approach taking inspiration from the likes of Rothko and Kandinsky, experimenting with pallet knives, sponges and sticks. Your tutor, Sarah L. Goy, is a practicing and exhibiting artist, involved with community art in addition to running her own unique workshops. She will encourage students to explore the materials and their own creative expression during the day.

As well as exploring the environment in their work, students will have a dressed model for half a day which will provide the opportunity to capture the figure and form in their work with inspiration from the likes of Paul Klee and Matisse and their use of colour combinations to express emotions.

This taster day is all about exploring and experimenting with the gorgeous medium of oils and acrylics so that students can develop their own artistic style. At the end of the workshop, all students will have completed a painting of their own.

  • Guidance from a practicing artist interested in using a wide range of mediums and styles
  • A day in the art studio
  • Dressed model
  • Most materials
  • Lunch

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

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Sarah L Goy

Having graduated from Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design Sarah is a qualified illustrator and a contemporary artist.

The workshop aims to:

  • Explore and become familiar with oils and acrylic
  • Experiment and develop individual ideas, discovering new approaches to creating
  • Explore ways of self -expression through the creative process
  • A day to relax and have fun through painting

  • Gain confidence experimenting with a variety of techniques with acrylic and oils
  • Learn to see, feel and express yourself in a visual way
  • Learn a little about some famous artists works and what inspired them
  • Group share of work throughout the day
  • A painted canvas to take home with you (please note your painting will be wet but boxes will be arranged so you can take them home)

This taster workshop could be a bridge to further courses

This workshop is suitable for all levels of ability and experience, knowledge of drawing would be beneficial.

All course materials are included in the course fee.

All course materials are included in the course fee.

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