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The Glasgow Boys and Girls – Pattern, Texture and Brushwork

July 20, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A Still Life workshop exploring the revolutionary techniques of pattern, texture and flat brushwork found in the work of the Glasgow Boys

This event combines a series of videos for you to work through at your own pace and an online meeting to discuss your work.

The Glasgow Boys and Girls were great travellers and highly influenced by what they saw. Their style was derived from an eclectic mix of Japanese art, French impressionism, Breton painters and English portrait painting. Using oil paints and simple techniques we will explore and re-create their style on a canvas. There will be a link to a virtual tour of the Glasgow Boys and Girls Exhibition at the currently closed Granary Gallery in Berwick by Prof Maria Chester to view before you begin the workshop. You will be sent the links to four pre-recorded demonstration sessions with Gill, which you can work through at your own pace to produce your still life painting. Finally, you will receive an invitation to attend a live zoom meeting with Gill and Maria where you will have an opportunity to share your work and ask questions.

This may seem like a challenge but you will be guided at every stage. The workshop will take elements from some of the paintings in the exhibition, in particular, the composition and brushwork seen in the foreground of the famous work by Sir James Guthrie, ‘A Hind’s Daughter’ (National Galleries of Scotland)

The Glasgow Boys style was very different to the smooth, fine work that came before it and is the forerunner to looser, modern painting styles. This is a great workshop for you if you want to improve your brush technique.

Session 1:Tour of Exhibition with commentary by Prof Maria Chester (30 minutes)

Session 2: Introduction: Gill will examine the working methods of the Glasgow Boys and introduce you to the materials and pigments that you will need to work in their style (14 mins)

Session 3: Composition : You will then work out your composition and do a very loose sketch in thin paint on the canvas (11 mins)

Session 4: Blocking In: Using large flat brushstrokes and loose layers we will gradually build up the paint textures and patterns (16 mins)

Session 5: Final Painting: Using Gill’s almost finished piece we will analyse the brushwork and textures that the Glasgow Boys and Girls explored in their paintings (6 mins)

Session 6: Gill and Maria will give everyone the opportunity to share their work and ask questions on a live Zoom session (30 mins), to be held on Monday 20th July at 4pm

You will be sent links to all the above sessions when you book a place, and also an image of Gill’s still life set -up in case you want to use the same still life for your own painting.

Materials you will need:

  • a small selection of water based oils (Jackson’s art supplies do a good range, as do Foldyard on Bridge St. You will need a warm and cool version of red and blue, a yellow and a white. So no more than 6 or 7 colours.)
  • A canvas or board (minimum 30cm on smallest side)
  • Hog hair brushes, particularly large flats
  • Rags, palette and jar for water.

Session 6 will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to www.zoom.us and look at the tutorials. An invitation to each lecture will be emailed to you.

If you book this course online, we will hold your personal data in accordance with our privacy policy. If you do not wish us to hold your personal data, please book by post (see www.berwickea.co.uk) and do not supply an email address.