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Start Painting from Photos


Course Information: pending

Type: Adult Education

Level: Beginners & Improvers

Time: Tuesdays 4 – 6PM

Dates: 5th November – 26th March 2024

Duration: 4 weeks

Venue: The Studio, Barton, Oxford

Fee: £78.00

Concessions: £60 with coupon code: CONCESSION (Learn how to use your discount code)

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Start painting from photos is what it says on the tin! This beginner-friendly 4-week course aims to take you from first principals to finished masterpiece. Bring your own photo and learn how to transform it into a beautiful painting from start to finish. This is a project-based course where we will be working on the same piece week-by-week, to make something really special.

You will learn a little bit about photography and how to take your own reference pictures, as well as other resources. Learn to look critically and enhance what you see with colour and contrast. The aim is to learn how to create a realistic painting but not to turn you into a human photocopier! You will translate what you see through the filter of your own unique perspective, emotions and experiences to make something original.

Using the grid method you will learn how to make an accurate drawing with correct proportions. We will be working at a larger size for greater detail (A3). I will show you have to create tonal studies to understand and enhance contrast. We will practise blacking in, choosing a focus, and creating the illusion of detail.

The main mediums for this course will be: Acrylics and coloured pencils. Acrylics are great for creating broad areas of colour and glazings, whilst coloured pencils are excellent for rending fine details.

Your Art Teacher

Amy Letts

Amy Letts is a visual artist living and working in Oxford, UK. She creates paintings by combining traditional and modern techniques including materials. Amy Letts often depicts landscapes and nature, especially local landscapes from Oxford. She also enjoys creating fantasy paintings inspired by mythology and comics.

While Letts’ style is recognisable, it is frequently experimental and evolving. While this artist will often go back to the same themes, it is with a new approach almost every time. Therefore Amy Letts’ style is best described as: “always something new.” If you’ve seen one exhibition, believe me, you haven’t seen everything!

Amy Letts has vast knowledge and skill with many mediums including Watercolours, Acrylics, Oils, Coloured Pencils, Ink, Graphite, Charcoal, Soft Pastels, Oil Pastels, Digital Illustrations and 3D Printing. She actively participates in art workshops and community events, sharing her expertise and encouraging aspiring artists to pursue their passion. She regularly runs classes from her studio for StART Art Classes and creates YouTube Videos to share her creative process.

Amy Letts Art website.

Start Painting from Photos