Responding To The Sea with Oil Paint

Responding To The Sea with Oil Paint

Responding To The Sea with Oil Paint


August 26, 2024 - August 30, 2024    
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


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Join Alison Johnston’s ‘Responding to the Sea with Oil Paint’ Summer School for an inspiring 5-day journey exploring oil painting and the glorious Moray coastal landscape! 

Begin your artistic journey by drawing inspiration from the beach, and exploring space, colour, and texture under Alison’s guidance. Develop unique responses to this captivating subject, amplifying your artistic skills.

Embark on a beachside adventure at a beautiful Moray beach (don’t forget your suncream!), engaging in exercises blending drawing, painting, and writing to expand your creative toolkit. Back in the studio, translate your beachside sketches into stunning paintings.


Course Highlights:

Creative Exploration: Delve into space, colour, and texture at the beach, translating observations into stunning artworks.

Artistic Techniques: Learn diverse styles and methods from revered painters, like Miquel Barcelo, Francis Walker, and Joan Eardly, enriching your painting practice.

Collective feedback sessions will illuminate your progress, ensuring a seamless application of learned techniques. By the course’s end, you’ll possess enhanced drawing, painting, and observational skills ready to elevate your art.

Take home: a collection of vibrant oil paintings, each reflecting your unique responses to the sea.

Lunch and materials: Enjoy inclusive leisurely lunches, providing time to refresh and exchange ideas with fellow artists. All materials are provided, ensuring you can focus on your artistic exploration without any concerns.

Don’t forget to pack clothing and footwear suitable for Scotland’s unpredictable weather. Feel free to bring a compact seat for your outdoor sessions too! And remember to bring along sun cream for the sunny days.

More about Alison Johnston:

Alison Johnston, originally from Dumfries and now a local resident, draws from the coastal beauty in her extraordinary seascapes. Educated at Edinburgh College of Art, her illustrious career in illustration and animation includes contributions to projects like “Fireman Sam” and collaborations with “Aardman Animations.” Alison’s exhibitions across the UK, coupled with commissions for Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, and the Royal Bank of Scotland, reflect her deep exploration of temporal nuances and the profound connection she forges with each subject. Her current residence infuses her art with the influence of local coastal scenery, creating a unique and resonant expression. 

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