City Landscape Painting with Louise Balaam

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About The Course

The tuition was excellent, with lots of new ways of looking and approaches to painting. I learnt a lot which I can use in my own practice’– Caroline Smith

July 25th & 26th | Oils | 2 Days | experience in working in oils essential

10am – 4pm both days

This course will be an exciting opportunity to be tutored by a New English Art Club member and a highly inspirational artist. To start Louise will introduce her work, and outline her way of working. Throughout the two day course there will be a focus on learning to loosen up, and the importance of working quickly and directly. Students will draw outside (weather permitting) and create studies using oil on paper, concentrating on simplifying impressions and identifying the main visual ideas. We will then begin to work on a painting, or maybe more than one. There will be a critique at lunchtime on the second day.

Students will move between drawing outside and painting as they prefer, and Louise will provide one-to-one tuition and offer guidance as the students work. Some of Louise’s own work and sketchbooks, together with information about other relevant artists, will be available as reference and from which to draw inspiration and knowledge.

Much  of the work will be done in our warm and well lit studio at our London HQ Trinity Buoy Wharf, there is easy access to the outside, views of the Thames and lots of sky for drawing and painting en plein air if you wish.

Includes field easels, drawing boards, palettes and good coffee.

Pay full amount or deposit.

Balance due no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of the course, see Terms and Conditions for full details.

About The Tutor

Louise Balaam NEAC – Head of Painting

Louise Balaam is an abstract landscape painter who trained at Kent Institute of Art and Design, Canterbury, (BA) and at Christchurch University College in Canterbury (MA). Her work is inspired by an emotional response to the natural world, in particular to the quality of light. Her process is to draw outside and then paint in the studio, aiming for a direct and intuitive response to the experience of being in the landscape. The aim is to somehow convey the experience of being there, the weather, sounds, smells and the process of walking through the landscape, as much as what can be seen. In the studio, she uses the drawings to help focus her memory, but doesn’t work directly from them – she finds it works better to put the source material aside and to paint intuitively, so that the painting becomes an entity in its own right which starts to make its own demands – in a sense, it begins to answer back.

Louise sees her work as relating to the English landscape tradition - Turner and Constable are both big influences, especially Constable's sketches, and modern British artists such as Peter Lanyon and Joan Eardley are also important to her. She draws outside and then paints in the studio, aiming for a direct and intuitive response to the experience of being in the landscape. She was elected a member of the New English Art Club and of the Royal West of England Academy in 2011, and lives and works in Kent. She is currently represented by the prestigious Cadogan Contemporary, Chelsea, London.

About The Venue

Trinity Buoy Wharf

‘Great tutors, friendly hosts and fab locations, and everytime I go I meet a bunch of lovely new friends. I cannot recommend The New School of Art enough. Keep up the great work and Thank you.’ – Abigail 2017

Our London HQ at Trinity Buoy Wharf is the School’s permanent home, forming part of the creative quarter of London’s Docklands. The small but perfectly formed first floor studio overlooks the Thames and across to the Millennium Dome, with far reaching views and surrounded by a lively creative community.

With plenty of natural light our well equipped studio is a wonderful place to paint in and with lots of outside space this location works well for plein air painting also.


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Price: £275.00 Date: 25th July 2017 Location: London Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Medium: Oil