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Date:  8th – 10th May 2024
Artist: Sebastian Thommen
Medium: Watercolour
Participants: Maximum 10
Course level: All levels

Sebastian Thommen has been painting in watercolour since his early teens. A hobby he kept close to his heart and not wanting to taint with the added pressure of “having to make a living from it”, he pursued a career as a theatre and film actor. In the recent years, he took up painting professionally, and in 2023 was awarded the Silver Award and the Artists Choice Award in the Art in The Open International Plein Air Festival in Wexford. 

Course Concept

“I love painting en plein-air in watercolour, I love the benefits it has for body and soul, and I love teaching it and sharing my enthusiasm for it. Nothings better than capturing the moment, quickly in a sketch pad, in between rain showers or in the shade of blistering heat, and then, using the sketch as reference in the comfort of the studio to create a beautiful painting with locked in memories.” Sebastian will work both outdoors and in Artform studio. He will cover the fundamentals required when venturing outside to ‘capturing the moment’. He will bring you on a sketching adventure around the beautiful seaside village of Dunmore East helping you to enhance your composition and overall technique. He will then show you how to use your outdoor sketches as a reference material during the painting stage in the studio. He will help you to grow more confident creating free and loose paintings that capture the essence of the nature scene from your sketches.
Sebastian has a lighthearted teaching and he creates a positive atmosphere which makes learning and absorbing information easy and fun.

* The course takes place in Artform modern light-filled seaside studio with 24hr access for each visiting artist, as well as in the beautiful seaside environs of Dunmore East, co. Waterford, 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 will be provided after signing up to the course.

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