Project Description

Join local artist Hester Berry and be guided through the process of creating an oil painting. You will need to provide your own materials.

Saturday 26th March 2022, 10am – 4pm

Cost: £50 / £40 concessions
Book via Eventbrite (concessions only available from the gallery shop)

During this landscape painting workshop, students will be guided through the process of making an oil painting, with attention paid to tone, colour-mixing and mark-making.  Each student will have their individual needs met while they work, and all abilities are welcome.

Hester Berry’s practice is rooted in traditional representation and methods, but she constantly challenges her understanding of “painting” and explores ways paint can represent effects such as light, time, movement and climate. She uses marks as economically as possible, distilling the image / feeling / moment into what is necessary, so that through objective representation there is enough room for subjective interpretation. 

Having grown up in rural Devon, Hester has always been interested in landscape and the environment. Her traditional university training in Aberystwyth nurtured this interest and also led her to explore life drawing and portraiture. After continuing her studies to complete an MA in Fine Art in Wimbledon, she taught life drawing and painting in Brighton and London. In 2016 she returned to Devon, where she now lives and works.

Participants will need to supply their own oil painting materials.

Materials List

  1. Oil paints
    French ultramarine, burnt sienna, titanium white, a lemon yellow, a warm yellow (cadmium deep hue, but if not, any yellow), yellow ochre, Prussian/cobalt/pthalo blue, viridian, sap green /terra verte, a red (crimson maybe). Any additional colours would be useful, but these are pretty essential. Windsor and Newton is good and reliable.
  2. Turps/Zest-it, linseed/poppy oil
  3. Zest-it is good – it’s dilutant and brush cleaner. Hester suggests poppyseed oil, but linseed is good too.
  4. A couple of pots for dilutant and medium
  5. Palettes – Hester just uses a cupboard door, any scrap of smooth wood, or perspex or glass, or a plate!
  6. An easel to use.
  7. Primed boards or canvas
  8. Ampersand smooth primed artists panel is a reliable brand. Size-wise, go with what you are comfortable with but if you’re not sure 9 X 12 ” up to 18 x 24″.  Hester likes to prepare boards a few days beforehand with a neutral warm brown ground (burnt sienna and ochre) diluted with a little turps or zest it).
  9. Brushes and palette knives
  10. A range of brushes, including some flat ones. Hester use a 3/4 inch chisel brush.
  11. Rags for cleaning brushes
  12. Some images to work from, either printed or on a device. Hester will provide some images to work from but it’s best to bring your own if possible.

Please note that concessionary tickets are only available from the gallery shop or by calling 01237 471455