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Date: 25th – 26th November 2023
Medium: Oil Paint
Participants: Maximum 10
Course level: The course is suitable for all levels but please be aware that a basic competence in oil painting techniques is needed.

Dave West is a full time artist and art tutor originally from South Wales and now living in North County Dublin. He studied Illustration at the Carmarthenshire College of Art & Design and more recently gained a degree in Art History.

Dave’s practice comfortably crosses several art forms and he is equally at home working in pencil, charcoal, pastel and oil paint.

Dave is passionate about ‘plein air’ painting which involves working (in all weathers) directly from the subject. In 2017 he won the Gold Mayoral Award at the ‘Art in the Open’ international plein air painting festival.

He has had numerous solo exhibitions and exhibited widely in Group Shows including the Royal Hibernian Academy and Royal Ulster Academy, and in the UK with the Royal West of England Academy, Royal Society of Oil Painters, Royal Society of Marine Artists, The New English Art Club, The Royal Society of British Artists, and the UK Pastel Society, at which he won the 2013 Schminke Award.

About the course

During this two day studio-based course Dave will introduce participants to the essential building blocks of representing the landscape in oil paint. These crucial aspects of theory will enhance your existing painting practice and allow you to move beyond simply painting ‘what you see’, allowing you to be more adventurous, creative and create more dynamic paintings. Each day will be a combination of classroom based tuition and some painting time to practice the concepts learned.
This course is suitable for all levels of ability but you should have a decent grasp of painting in oils before commencing.
Topics covered will include:
  • Selecting a scene, editing and composition
  • Value map and plane changes
  • Theory behind skies and sunsets
  • Mixing greens and painting trees
  • Aerial perspective
* The course takes place in the beautiful Artform modern light-filled studio with 24hr access for each visiting artist, and runs from 11am to 5pm on the first day and from 10am to 4pm on the subsequent days. Cost does not include accommodation, on request Artform offers artist accommodation options. Details on art materials and safety will be provided after signing up to the course. Artform operates Health and Safety studio policy in keeping with updated national guidelines (for further information please see here https://www.artform.ie/covid-19/).

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