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Thurs 15 June: George Irvine – ‘Drawn to Painting’


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Thursday 15 June 2023: 9.30am to 4.30pm ‘Drawn to Painting’ Drawing from the landscape, progressing to a painting

Suitable for any level of experience including beginners.


Join me on a day exploring the idea that drawing ( in a variety of ways) can inform a more considered piece. Start the day with a discussion around some examples where drawing is a tool for ‘finding out’! As Leonardo Da Vinci said ‘drawing is a form of enquiry’. I will give some practical advice on using the materials before you make a start . If the weather is good we will explore the landscape around Emmetts Grange. If not then I have a rather terrific still life in mind to set up in the huge cattle barn. When appropriate we will use our drawings ( and location if need be) to inform a painting. Please bring a white canvas ( any size ) or an unprimed board ( any size ) so I can show you how I would prime it at the start of the day (dry while we are drawing) Bring oils if you like or acrylic paint for a start to a final painting. If you don’t finish then you can take it home and use your drawings as assistance! I can provide the drawing materials and paper. A sketchbook for notes would be good. An A3 drawing board, some masking tape, and a light weight easel would be good too. Perhaps a portable chair if you have ? But let me know if you need any help on that front.

George is a landscape artist and a colourist working in oils. He has recently relocated to Exmoor with his family and it is from here, in this glorious landscape and from his studio in Simonsbath, that George makes his paintings in direct response to the landscape. Time and change in the landscape is something that occupies a lot of George’s thinking which is reflected in the movement, colour and light that you will see in his work. George has had several successful exhibitions since leaving full time teaching that explore the diversity of landscape across Great Britain. His work explores themes on nature and our place up against it; through painting, photography, drawing and printmaking. After 12 years teaching in what was at the time one the country’s leading Secondary Art Education Centres – Stowe School, Buckingham, he and his wife Victoria set up and ran a busy Art Centre for all ages.


Includes: Tuition, some materials, 2-course lunch, drinks, tea/coffee, cake.

Terms & Conditions: Payment is non-refundable unless a replacement is found.

The Curious Curator & The Gilbert Gallery, South Molton bring you 4 days of inspiring creative workshops at Emmetts Grange, Simonsbath, TA24 7LD.

2-course lunch supplied daily by the Exmoor Forest Inn, Simonsbath.


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