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8 Roumelia Lane
Bournemouth, , BH5 1EU

01202302702

Classical Art Academy run Drawing and Oil Painting Classes Courses Workshops and Painting Holidays from their studio in Bournemouth, Dorset.  Art courses, classes and workshops in Drawing and Oil Painting for all ability levels and ages.

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Our Course Calendar For This Year In Date Order


Nov
20
9:00 AM09:00

Understanding Light and Atmosphere

This NEW one day course is an ideal follow on from our working with colour course. As with photography, having a basic understanding of how your eyes see light and colour, the colour spectrum and what happens when light hits an object, can be helpful in capturing the right atmosphere for your painting. 

The differences in a midday landscape versus a sunset on the sea, creating the right emotional narrative in your portrait. This course will help to unlock some of this mystery and show you how to apply this within your painting. 

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Nov
11
to Nov 12

Portrait Painting From Life Model; 2 Day Painting Course

This is a two day studio based course in how to paint a portrait from a life Model.   Working with the same model over 2 full days will give you a great opportunity to complete quite an in-depth study. There will be a focus on capturing likeness with accurate skin tones.

You learn how to map out the image onto canvas using an imprimatura underpainting, a painting method used by the old masters of the renaissance.   Once the imprimatura stage has been completed the focus changes to an Alla Prima classical painting technique using a reduced palette of colour.

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Oct
25
to Oct 27

Norwegian Fjord - August Wilhelm Leu

One of our most popular courses and an opportunity to take 3 days to study and create your own unique version of the August Wilhelm Leu oil painting (pictured).  

Martin has broken this down into a simple step-by-step process and will be demonstrating each stage. You will cover how to work from a photograph and well as techniques for gaining accurate colour and tone. 

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Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

Working With Colour

This one day course will give you the opportunity to learn how to put colour theory into practice and mix the right colour every time. Colour theory is often only partially taught and modern colour wheels incorrectly sold as guides for paint pigment. 

You will leave this course with a new found confidence and understanding about how to control colours to create the desired effects within your paintings. 

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Sep
3
to Sep 4

Portrait Chiaroscuro Painting From A Photograph; 2 Day Course

This is a two day studio based course in how to paint a portrait from a photograph.   Many portrait artist work from photographs or use a mix of live models and photographs within their work.

In this short course you learn a simple way to scale up and transfer your photographic image onto a canvas quickly and efficiently keeping the proportion shape and likeness intact.   You learn how to map out the image onto canvas using an imprimatura underpainting, a painting method used by the old masters of the renaissance.  

Once the Imprimatura stage has been completed the focus is then on producing a Classical Chiaroscuro painting.  A tonal value study matching the delicate monochrome values of the photograph.  

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Aug
30
to Sep 1

Wild Seas inspired by David James

David James is a British Old Master, whose paintings hang in several galleries across the UK including our very own Russell-Cotes Gallery here in Bournemouth. 

On this 3 day course you will be taught how to capture these crashing waves in a realistic style, using a David James painting as inspiration. Returning by popular demand. 

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Aug
16
to Aug 18

Stormy Seascape; 3 Day Course

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Course Dates ;  16th, 17th and 18th August 2016

In this 3 day course we combine two very popular elements within a painting, Sea with a Stormy Sky.   The impact of a stormy seascape has throughout history and still remains today to be one of the most popular subjects artists paint.  Very few amateur artists can achieve believable seas or skies with any confidence and this course demonstrates both in easy step by step stages.

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Painting Holiday;  Mevagissey Cornwall  7 Day Holiday
Jul
29
to Aug 5

Painting Holiday; Mevagissey Cornwall 7 Day Holiday

Our Students on Holiday in Mevagissey Harbour 2015

This year our En Plein Air painting holiday is being held in a stunning converted farm on the Cornish coast. The painting course focus is to capture a number of different beautiful seascapes / landscapes over 6 days of tuition. The venue has truly impressive on-site facilities, including a purpose-built art studio and an indoor swimming pool. Come and join us for this great artistic get-away.

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Jul
25
to Jul 27

Clouds and Skies; 3 day Course

Interested in seascapes or painting outside? This course will really help develop your skills for creating a stunning sky. Over these 3 days you will be taught how to paint a graduated sky and build big, atmospheric, fluffy clouds.  

Using a carefully selected palette of colours and the right brush techniques your sky will come to life. 

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Jul
3
9:00 AM09:00

Working With Colour; 1 Day Course

This one day course will give you the opportunity to learn how to put colour theory into practice and mix the right colour every time. Colour theory is often only partially taught and modern colour wheels incorrectly sold as guides for paint pigment. 

You will leave this course with a new found confidence and understanding about how to control colours to create the desired effects within your paintings. 

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Jun
24
to Jun 25

En Plein Air - Hengistbury Head. 2 Day Painting Course

Hengistbury Head is a 2,000 year old Iron Age Fort near Christchurch and an great venue for an En Plein Air two day painting course.   Near by there is a large modern cafe serving hot food and drinks and a National Trust museum, shop along with toilets.  An ideal location for big cloudy skies with views of the estuary and the Iron Age fort.

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Mar
29
to Mar 31

Landscape With Trees

Interested in landscapes and/or painting in the wilds? This is a NEW wonderful introduction to landscape painting with a focus on trees. Here in Dorset we are surrounded by stunning landscape, and it’s truly thrilling to be able to paint it. 

It’s a bit cold at this time of year to be outside painting, so this is a great opportunity to get stuck into some studio work. Join us for these 3 days and produce a stunning painting to take home. 

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Working With Colour
Mar
11
9:00 PM21:00

Working With Colour

This one day course will give you the opportunity to learn how to put colour theory into practice and mix the right colour every time. Colour theory is often only partially taught and modern colour wheels incorrectly sold as guides for paint pigment. You will leave this course with a new found confidence and understanding about how to control colours to create the desired effects within your paintings. 

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Still Reflective Waters
Feb
5
to Feb 7

Still Reflective Waters

This new 3 day course is poetry in paint. You will be shown how to create and understand the relationship reflections have with the world around the water. The colour and beauty mirroring the banks of the water and skies above. This course has been designed at the request of many of our students. We hope you enjoy it. 

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Turner Dramatic Skies
Jan
23
to Jan 24

Turner Dramatic Skies

This course is fantastic for beginners and more experienced artists looking for some oil painting tuition. Students will learn how to create realist effects with the right blending and watch it evolve into a loose stunning sky .

A really helpful opportunity to gain oil painting tuition and practice of brush control.  Create your own Turner-style masterpiece in oils to take home. 

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