Saturday, 27 June 2015

Developing an online painting course.


This is me doing interactive painting with visitors at the Windsor Contemporary Art Fair last November.

Around six months ago I decided to create an online painting course.
The reason for this was a demand from people following my fb page and encouragement from fellow artists and friends. I occasionally do workshops and projects to promote creativity in the community, but time is often an issue and creating my own art has taken 

Having thought long and hard about how  this will proceed I looked in depth at the way I create.
My working process and methodology is unorthodox and very intuitive, focussing on creating calm from a rather chaotic and colourful background.

Starting off with colour shapes


Completed still life.


A busy visual to start off a landscape painting.



The landscape painting nearing completion.

To demonstrate this practically in the course I have experimented with shapes, colours, a variety of techniques and drawing marks. A tentative formula and working process to be implemented in this course will include live elements and interaction thanks to digital technology with virtual 'hands on' elements to be included by myself drawing digitally on students' developing artworks to offer guidance without actually touching the physical item.

It's quite tricky to explain, and I will release a short video to explain the process in more detail. 
Meanwhile, I've documented the creative process of one of my still life paintings in a time lapse video and demonstrated some of the techniques to be used in the September course.  

I limit places on the course to 60 in order to interact with students effectively. A further course might be added in October as the September one is nearly full.Further courses on Landscape painting and a more Floral design based option will be offered early 2016.If you are interested in the course, have a look for detail on the link at the top or see  www.explorecolour.com


Explore Colour Online Course 12-20 September from Este Macleod on Vimeo.


Registration opens on Monday 29 June with the option to benefit from an early bird 15% discount with preregistered students being offered spaces first.
Early bird discount is offered for 24 hours until 12pm 30 June GMT.
Course price is £150, with the discount, £ 127.50
A deposit of £27.50 by end of June will secure a space at the discounted rate in the course from 12-20 September.
Payment of £100 is payable on 1 August onwards. 

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Este! I just want to say I applaud you for limiting your class size. People often ask me why I limit MY online class size, since, theoretically, you can take an infinite number of people. My answer is that you can't give effective feedback to an infinite number of people. But then I wonder.... am I the only one giving feedback on online classes? THANKS for reassuring me. I'm sure the class will go great!

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    1. Thanks so much Jane, I have been doing online classes myself, and this is one aspect I think is important in particular with such a 'hands on' subject as painting. The prerecorded tutorials forms the backdrop element of the 'live' course and everything in the videos will be demonstrated again over the two weekends, with a different outcome, based on this particular way of painting.

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  2. Este-quite a long time ago when you first started talking about teaching an online class I contacted you and I believe you were keeping a list of people--is this the list of pre registered students? Thank you

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  3. Yes please Este! I've sent you an email re wishing to do this with you.
    Thank you for your hard work in preparing this for us.....it's very exciting!
    Kind regards
    Jann Parkes

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  4. Please pencil me in Este, I shall search for your email. Maureen Sinclair

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  5. I want to be preregistered! What do I need to do? Registration opens tomorrow - aaaccckkkk!

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    1. Hi Susan I do not seem to see your name on my list of registrants. unless you are Susanne Baum-Deierlein. If you would like to register do so on www.explorecolour.com there is a paypal link, Leave a comment for the month you would like to take the course in, and Early bird to receive the 15% discount as you contacted me in June)

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  6. I sent an email, I hope that puts me on the pre registration list! So want to take this class!

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  7. SO happy to have found your art, and to learn you are teaching a class on line, how lucky are we? (very) How do I pre-register??? my email. rena.doodle@hotmail.com thanks!! =)

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  8. This class looks fantastic! I am already taking two other classes this summer. Hopefully you will offer this class in the fall/winter? Love your use of color.
    Pippin

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    1. Hi Pippin I have no set dates for follow up as I am travelling and exhibiting. If you want to sign up for mailing list I can keep you posted. Regards Este

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  9. I love how you use a variety of colors. Your work is very fun and playful.

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  10. I am sure that will be very handy to learn about the painting. What will be the cost of this online course. Either it will be free or you will charge for this?

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