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Painting the Walk

Wed 9 August, 2017, 10:00amFri 11 August, 2017, 4:00pm


Date: Wed 9 August to Fri 11 August
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Price: 115 – 120
Venue: Jubilee Stores

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Wed 9 – Fri 11 Aug, 10am – 4pm  £120 / £115*

We will start with a walk along the River Medina, to collect shapes and colours of things you notice, things that stand out for you, that wink at you along the way. In the classroom, you will then select from these elements and create a composite representational or stylised or abstract painting of the walk. In case of bad weather, please come supplied with images (photos or sketches or paintings) of landscapes you have walked through or simply like, to work from. Suitable for any level. A full materials list is available – please ask for this when making your booking.

Martin Swan has a BA in Philosophy and has worked as an artist since leaving university in 1981. He was elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists is 2005 and became Vice President in 2015. His current practice is painting marine subjects, landscapes and abstracts, mainly using oils, but also acrylics and gold and silver leaf. Abstracts are becoming more important in his work. He has exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London, the National Maritime Museum, Portsmouth Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, the US Embassy, Quay Arts and in galleries in New Zealand and France.




The class will be both inside Jubilee Stores and outside along Newport Quay and the River Medina.

Students will need to bring:

For outside (drawing, and collecting colours, the elements of a painting).

  • a drawing implement of your choice – pencil, pen, charcoal etc
  • An A3 sketch pad.
  • a small painting set – water based recommended (watercolour or acrylic),
  • watercolour paper or similar (a small A5 pad will be sufficient, or cuttings from a larger pad)
  • brushes, water bottle, small (plastic) jar, small palette (not flat).
  • a small fold up seat might be useful, but not essential.


For inside (putting elements together to create a composite painting of the walk)

  • students can choose any medium or mix them as they wish.
  • colours – watercolours, acrylics, oils or pastels.
  • watercolour paper (140lb), canvases, canvas boards or paper, pastel paper.
  • brushes, palettes, palette knives, trowels etc


For specific mediums:

  • Watercolours – gummed paper strip (for stretching paper), a cupped palette, not a flat one.
  • Oil – white spirit or turps (for thinning and cleaning), some corks and masking tape (or similar).


Jubilee Stores has drawing boards, easels, jars and paper towels.


Lunch – bring your own lunch, your genius and good humour. Or you can pre-order lunch from Quay Arts café (5 mins walk away). Tea and coffee are available for 20p.

If you are a beginner, or have little experience, and are unsure of what to bring, you are welcome to contact me and I’ll talk you through it and make suggestions. Likewise any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Email: swanmartin@hotmail.co.uk  Tel: 530894 or 07790179176

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