Saturday 21 July – Saturday 4 August 2018
Castelnau de montmiraln Tarn, France
The aim of the course is to help students with their aspirations and problems on an individual basis. Each of them, whatever their current level of achievement, will be encouraged to develop and follow his or her own interests, using the medium of their choice. There is no restriction on the kind of painting to be done: landscape, townscape, figure, still life or abstract work will all be equally welcome. The teaching will be mainly informal. The course starts with each student being asked to do a painting of any subject they wish in their own time. The Course Director, Francis Pratt, discusses this with them individually with a view to discovering something about their interests, responses and aims. For the remainder of the session he will work with them, as intensively as necessary, to find ways of promoting, reflecting and realizing these in their paintings. Francis is able to do this because of his wide experience of teaching at all levels from evening class to postgraduate and because of his special knowledge based on his research at the University of Stirling, Scotland, where he was first the Cottrell Memorial Fellow and then a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology. Due to the relevance of this knowledge to virtually all aspects of painting and drawing the course can be specially recommended for both advanced artists and complete beginners.
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