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Date: 29th August – 1st September 2022
Medium: Oil Paint & Drawing
Participants: Maximum 8
Course level: The course is suitable for all levels but please be aware that plein air has additional challenges over and above studio painting and might not suit beginners in oil painting.

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.

Course Concept

The course will explore the landscape of the local area and how we can create quick and effective paintings.
Each day will begin with a short short studio-based tuition session where Dave will cover specific aspects of landscape painting such as choices of colour palette, mark-making using creative but relevant techniques, and both aerial and linear perspective. The rest of the day will be spent painting outdoors at varied locations in the Dunmore East area. During the outdoor sessions participants have the choice of following a structured painting with Dave or working on their own ideas and composition with occasional one-to-one guidance. The day’s painting will close with another short studio-based session. This course is suitable for any level of ability but please be aware that as plein air painting has additional challenges over and above studio painting, and it is not suitable for beginners in oil painting.
* The course takes place in the beautiful coastal village of Dunmore East and the Artform modern ligh-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 comprehensive Health and Safety studio policy as well as full credit/refund policy for artists affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

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