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Artist: Neal Greig

Course Date: 28th – 30th June 2023
 Oils, Charcoal
Participants: Maximum 10
Course level: Beginners – Advanced
Course Cost: €360

Neal Greig was born in Belfast in 1965.  He completed a BA Hons in Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art from 1983 -1987 then went onto postgraduate studies in Drawing and Painting 1988 – 1989. He was awarded the Andrew Grant Scholarship for Postgraduate Study. In 1991 he was Artist in Residence at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and was awarded other residencies with at Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship (Vermont, USA), Ballinglen Fellowship, O’Reardon House Fogo Island Newfoundland, Ontario Art Society Field Trip and Cill Raillig Art Studios. In 2018 Neal was elected to the Royal Ulster Academy. Neal has exhibited both in Ireland and the UK, his work is held in private and public collections including the Norther Ireland Arts Council collection. He had a solo exhibition with Gormleys Fine Art in October 2020. Neal’s inspiration comes from the quiet corners of woodlands and lakes of Tyrone, Fermanagh, Armagh and Monaghan as well as the west coast of Ireland, and further field.

Course Concept

The course will focus on developing skills in oil painting and charcoal drawing.

In the studio setting I will give demonstrations. We will look at the properties and potential of the oil paint. We will learn about mixing colour through use of a limited palette. We will study how various tools, implements and brushes can create innovative and lively methods of paint application. There will be an emphasis on controlled experimentation with the materials in order to gain confidence with the medium.

Daily, we will venture out to paint in the landscape.

I have found, through experience, that my best instruction techniques are a combination of practical demonstration, discussion and question and answer. Individual practice on location will be the main method of development. I will give one to one advice as the course progresses.

Charcoal drawing is a good technique to learn. Through drawing we will learn about the composition of the subject.

Developing confidence and familiarity we can investigate the space, exploring texture, tone and depth. This invaluable preliminary gathering of information is useful and can be brought into play when developing an oil painting.

The course can be taken independently or combined with the two day watercolour sketching course led by Neal immediately before this course: in which case the invaluable preliminary information gathered in watercolours will be brought into play during the charcoal and oil course when developing an oil painting.

* The course takes place in Artform modern light-filled seaside 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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