Matisse – May 2022

“Thoroughly enjoyed the experience where you can learn, enjoy and be free to express how you use line, colour shape and gesture to express emotions…”

Jay E
A lovely evening sharing with students all about how the Fauve artists like Matisse brought colour and emotion to the forefront of self-expression. Really worthwhile workshop that I hope has helped students learn about the expressive quality of colour, shape and gesture from Matisse‘s techniques, and how they may apply this to their own work at home.
Read further to find out what the students thought of their experience.

Student Comments

“The class was relaxed and friendly. I learned about the association of colour and emotion – and how the Fauvists and especially Matisse worked with colour. [My course highlights were] discussions of Matisse’s technique – historical content and ways of working. The course has met my expectations and was very enjoyable.”
Lisa S

“Very relaxing! Good mix of theory and practical. How to mix colours… now understand how to paint more with feeling rather than just what I see.” My course highlights were the “background theory was very interesting, enjoyed the practical.” It has motivated me to try further courses in future and to have a go at painting at home.”
Sue B

“No pressure, great guidance and all resources provided. A real sense of achievement at the end and great to share our attempts. I learnt to consider energy in my painting and to do it via brush stroked, direction and colour. I felt better at expressing specific emotions in my paintings. [My course highlights were] individual guidance and explanations. I did find the explanation at the beginning long-winded as I really wanted to get on with the practical activity.”
Jeanette D
“Informative, chance to experiment, all materials provided. [My course highlight was] playing and experimenting.”
Ruth B
” A well-paced exploratory lesson focusing on colour, gesture, and emotions. Good regardless of your ability. I have learnt to be more expressive with the choices I make when I paint. [My course highlight was] looking at the different emotions represented in paint. I feel I now have new tools to use in my own work at home.”
Richard K
“I would definitely recommend. [I have learnt] about moods and colours within your paintings. Was pleased with my work. [The course] met my needs as a beginner.”
Brenda F
“Thoroughly enjoyed the experience where you can learn, enjoy and be free to express how you use line, colour shape and gesture to express emotions, not worrying about perspective. [My course highlights were] painting the different states of emotions, reviewing peoples work.”
Jay E