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Towards Abstraction

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Start date: 11th Jan 2024

Time: 12:00 - 14:30

Cost: £112

Day: Thursday

Duration: 8 weeks

Tutor: Richard Squire

Course code: 24SP008

Towards Abstraction

A course for people of ALL abilities.

A chance to explore ways of developing your own Abstract Art works from figurative/realistic images and forms or one’s imagination.

You may work from your own images or those supplied by us.

We shall examine various ways of developing Abstract works and then carrying them out choosing from a wide  of materials. We will explore different methods of working and look at the work of leading exponents in the field of Abstract art.

A chance to lose oneself in the process of using colour and making personal images. 

Bring an overall and an open mind please.

All materials supplied.

What you can expect to learn

To paint imaginatively 

To learn about colour

To learn about texture, form, shape and tone

To break away from ‘realism’

To develop confidence in handling paint and mark making 

To build one’s own emotional Artistic self

To work in ways that can be beyond words 

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Richard Squire

Richard Squire

A wartime baby born in Halifax, failed my 11 plus but passed every subsequent exam. Had to prove my abilities. I still trying to.
I’m a retired Art College graduate. An ex High School Art teacher who’s lived in Harrogate for some many years.

My training covered many areas from; academic, classical style drawing and painting across a range of mediums; to casting, pottery, print-making including lino, etching & lithography plus lots more things for eight brilliant years.

I’ve taught Art to people of all ages and experience for 56 years.
I love to work with anyone wishing to develop their Artistic selves whatever their age, experience or ability.
We’ve all got Artistic potential. Art is in me and makes my life complete.

In a mid-life career change I trained to teach the Deaf; another visual world. For many years I fought with Deaf and Hearing people for the rights of Deaf children to access their education via Sign Language and Interpreters. A fight that is still going on.

In retirement I was a volunteer worker at Henshaws Arts and Crafts, Knaresborough for 15 years until I had to care for my handicapped wife. I’ve also run local Art Clubs and Groups for around 20 years.

That’s about it so far, I think.
I’d love to see you and to help your Artistic self forward

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