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Re-interpreting still life

The Re-interpreting still life 2-day course is about exploring ways of creating the pictures you want – not being constricted by what you see in front of you.  Gain control of how you use your page.  Working from still life objects you will be encouraged to rigorously re-imagine the display in creative and personal ways.

Suitable for: Beginners, improvers and intermediate artists. 
Sat + Sun weekend course

Re-interpreting still life - oil pastel drawing

Key Information


11 – 12 Nov 2017

Days: Sat + Sun
10 – 4pm


Includes most materials

Places available
  • My courses are suitable for everyone.  But why?

    Mixed ability classes are dynamic and offer increased learning opportunities.
    Beginners are inspired by working alongside more experienced learners.
    Experienced learners build self confidence by sharing their knowledge and skills.

    Streamed classes can put a ‘glass ceiling’ on your learning and limit your progression.
    Adult learners bring a life time of skills and experience to the class.  This can’t be streamed.
    I believe in leaving the opportunity open for unexpected leaps of learning and creativity that can propel students beyond the narrow definitions of ‘beginner, intermediate or advanced’.

     This is why – We draw. We learn.  Have fun – together.

  • Essential items to bring
    Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    Drawing paper:
      Winsor & Newton, Medium Surface Cartridge Pad – A2, 220gsm   -or-
      Daler Rowney Fine Grain – heavy weight drawing pad – A2, 200gsm

    Optional items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course

  • Diaries from previous courses

  • “Very intense, but light-hearted – very focused.  A good pace – gently challenged! I became more courageous.”
    Barbara B

    “Second day I felt locked unable to do anything and with help from Brian moved through it to complete a full picture.”
    Ruth J

    “You learn at a steady pace with 1:1 guidance and encouragement.  The course is hard work but at the end it feels it’s worth every penny/minute.”
    Linda H

    “Very relaxed, bright, very helpful and a must do for anyone wanting to learn more of what potential and skill they have.”
    Sophie T

    “I have learnt to look beyond what you can see, think about positioning of objects and developed a new love of oil pastels.”
    Nicki M

    “Very structured, very helpful instruction, very intensive – but very enjoyable and learnt a lot.”
    Jayashree J

    “Challenging and something very different, but lots of help and inspiration along the way. Stretching, well planned progression of exercises and finished work. Lots of materials, inspiration, and help.”
    Lorraine W

    “Don’t hesitate to book it. You’ll meet all abilities there and Brian matches his approach to your skill level. All levels of experience are catered for in a welcoming and small group”
    Neale G

    “Very Good. Facilities are good, a nice light studio. Refreshments available. Lounge to use for lunch. The teacher, Brian, is very informative and knows his subject. He is very nice and is a good manager of people and their needs.” Janet F

    “Inspiring teaching, atmosphere and personal tuition/feedback very well organised. Great equipment and facilities provided. Great place to enjoy learning something new.” Chris W

  • Weekend Course: 10 – 4pm
    Tutor: Brian Raymond

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

    Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.

  • Have a look at the Course gallery.

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    Apart from your sketchbook and essential drawing materials, all the following are included as part of the course fee.

    • Charcoal (compressed and willow)
    • Chalk pastels
    • Soft pencils 
    • Emulsion paint
    • Acrylic paint
    • watercolour paint
    • Wax crayon
    • Inks
    • All the equipment, brushes, etc you need
    • Newsprint

    The following items are provided
    Drawing boards
    Masking tape
    Bulldog clips
    Newsprint paper
    Other materials: eg, acrylics, drawing ink, etc.

Course structure

All too often we simply draw what we see in front of us rather than search for that personal viewpoint to make a drawing that expresses your ideas and unique view of the world.  You will learn techniques that will help you ‘mix things up a bit’, and through a variety of drawing, painting and mixed media techniques create very personal responses to a variety of still life themes.  By the end of the 2-days you will have learnt a variety of techniques and have taken a significant step towards finding your own voice as an artist.

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to see what you need to bring.

Day 1
The course begins by looking at other artists still life drawings and paintings.  Through talking about the art works we will begin to learn how other artists create unique looking images.  You will then work through a creative process to enable you to discover unexpected ways of ‘seeing’ the still life in the centre of the studio.  This process will result in a completed mixed media drawing by the end of the day – that will capture a unique version of the real thing!   

Day 2
How do we find the artist’s voice within, that will enable us to express our own unique view of the world?  Today we will look a little deeper to find ways of making images that are highly expressive and personal.  I will encourage you to create drawings that express more about how you feel than describe the still life you are drawing.  This process will culminate in a drawing that represents the beginnings of a journey that, over time, will ultimately enable you to find your own unique artists voice.

Student Quote

“Don’t hesitate to book it. You’ll meet all abilities there and Brian matches his approach to your skill level.  All levels of experience are catered for in a welcoming and small group.”
Neale G

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What can I expect

Part of the Be more Creative series of courses the Re-interpreting still life course is designed to support your ongoing development as an independent and confident artist.  You will have the opportunity to learn a variety of techniques, processes, artistic best practice, all sprinkled with a dose of good old fashioned inspiration!

  • Loads of individual 1:1 tuition, and teaching by demonstration and examples.
  • Short Courses that will encourage your independence, self-confidence and creativity.
  • Flexibility to explore your own ideas.  
  • Honest and supportive feedback through tutor-led and group ‘critiques’.
  • Encouragement to take chances in a supportive and learning-led environment. 

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