The village of Casole d’Elsa and its surrounding landscape is a wealth of stimulation for all lovers of the Tuscan landscape, architecture and way of life and it is the intention of this course to allow the student to explore the many visual opportunities that it has to offer.
Consequently, we will be offering a course that as its title suggests covers a whole range of techniques and media that is specifically designed as to offer the student the possibility of not only exploring their preferred medium of their choice, but also to have the opportunity and encouragement to explore other media or mixed media techniques if they so desire.
In many ways the essence of such an open ended course has its basis on the Workshop concept which caters for all levels of ability, subject interest and media preference – the main difference being that it also has a resident tutor/artist whose main purpose is to assist each individual student to develop their ideas and skills at their particular level.
Introductory demonstrations will be given on various techniques, together with a number of evening presentations on our work and the work of other artists to complement the practical sessions. Tuition will be on an individual basis and with our encouragement and guidance, I hope that you will leave the Centro with the confidence, skills and enthusiasm to continue your own explorations and to develop your ideas further.
MICK AND THEA ARNOLD
Mick and Thea are very good friends of Vince Tutton, who for medical reasons is not able to take the course himself this year. They did a sterling job last summer and recieved enthusiastic reviews from the students:
"Mick and Thea were absolutely brilliant. Mick's gentle manner but real passion for exploring creativity was perfect. Each morning at 9.30 he had all us painters gathered round and discussed many things from Cubism, to Expressionism, and other subjects, and gave us many examples - a fascinating and enlightening way to start the day. I think his attention to everyone as individuals was very much appreciated and the "end of holiday" show looked amazing. Such a variety of work and everyone very happy. Thea was very helpful also and her quick use of the ipad to show us so many glorious paintings was a good idea. Very nice people." C.Tate, Surbiton
Their web site is www.theamickarnold.net
It will not be necessary to bring the full range of materials listed. During the introductory sessions all materials used (except the more expensive paper and painting boards) will be provided at a small cover charge. Following these workshops you will be expected to use your own materials. You should also bring your own brushes, pencils, eraser, sketch book and palette.
Basic colours recommended- Titanium White or Flake White (quicker drying), Ivory Black, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt Blue, burnt umber, raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, lemon yellow, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, viridian green. N.B. The now alkyd range is an excellent versatile paint, ideal for quick drying needs. It is more subtle/sensitive than acrylics. If using acrylics a GEL RETARDER to slow drying time is most useful.
Chalk pastels: (soft) Rowneys Artists' soft pastels. Assorted boxes available, including "Landscape' range (No. 12L or 36L). You can purchase individual sticks to suit your own colour range.
Oil Pastels. Rowney Craypas - assorted boxes.
Conte Crayon: Black, white, sepia bistre, red sanguine,
The Centre provides basic materials such as gumstrip, chalks, drawing pins, glue size and light drawing paper. We are also equipped with static and portable easels, drawing boards and sketching stools.
AT THE CENTRE
We have a small shop where we stock a limited range of paints, several types of cartridge, tinted and watercolour paper, hardboard, canvas, stretchers, primer and fixative.
In the village you can buy turps, white spirit, linseed oil, Kitchen paper etc.
We are equipped with easels, drawing boards, some sketching stools and portable easels. We provide light weight drawing paper, chalk and charcoal.
There are art shops in the neighbouring towns of Colle Val d'Elsa, S.Gimignano and Siena so it is often possible to replenish your supplies during the course.