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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Making your Mark and Exploring Abstract Landscapes

  • Location: Slapton Ley
  • Tutor: Bethany Holmes
  • Dates: Friday 19 July 2019 to Monday 22 July 2019
  • Times: 05:30 PM - 09:00 AM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £315
  • RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £295
  • NON-RESIDENT: £190

This course will show you how to create beautiful pieces of artwork, exploring exciting ways to create marks and build up imagery in a fresh and contemporary way. You will explore techniques around layering and work over the three days to create your own individual impressionist pieces. You will learn how to study the landscape in front of you, creating abstract shapes and form. The course will include quick exercises to banish artist block and inevitably make you see both the landscape and your artwork in a new, exciting way. We will aim to record the atmosphere, the mood, the sounds of the Devonshire landscape, using a variety of media including watercolour, acrylic and charcoal. We will spend time developing techniques to complete larger, impact pieces. We will also pull natural tones from the seascapes that surround us to create complimentary colour palettes.

Bethany Holmes creates unique textured artwork inspired by the British landscape. With a passion for colour, her paintings blend a palette of emotive shades built up through layers. Bethany’s paintings are created through a process of building up and scraping back layers of paint & mixed media, exploring the balance of colour on a blank canvas. Bethany looks to impressionism as a source of inspiration, the texture within her art takes form from studying the way the British landscape changes and develops. After training at Nottingham Trent University, Bethany graduated with a degree in Textile Design in 2012. Since then she has featured in Country Homes & Interiors, exhibited at ‘The Other Art Fair London’, ‘Art Fair East ‘and in 2018 celebrated her first Solo Exhibition, amongst many other highlights. “ My paintings are an extension of my senses. I look to nature for inspiration, to create a relationship between landscape and canvas. The use of texture, colour and mark explore how I see the British landscape. Through a process of covering up and sanding back intricate layers are revealed. I love seeing my paintings grow organically, just like the beautiful British landscape. I want people to see something new whenever they study my work, to get lost in the marks and composition. “

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RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY) : £315


RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM) : £295


NON-RESIDENT : £190


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