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A two-day workshop focusing on the contemporary landscape painting methods of Kieran Stiles.

We will be working mainly from direct observation of the shrubberies, hedgerows and trees of the landscape around Little Buckland Gallery.

This landscape painting workshop is for people who would like to learn something new and exciting, who are willing to leave their existing approach aside and fully participate as a group in exploring new and experimental approaches to painting in a series of structured sessions. Kieran will encourage you to explore alternative methods of representation and unconventional ways of applying and working the paint using stipple brushes, toothbrushes, palate knives and sponges.
Discover how the use of preparatory sketches made with water-based mix-media such as acrylic and watercolour can inform and characterize oil paintings. This process of drawing and mark making can allow a selection of visual moments to be documented with immediacy and vitality, in a way that cannot be achieved by any other means. During these two days learn how to translate these studies into more developed oil painting on board. Some (but not extensive) previous experience of painting is required for this workshop.

About Kieran:

Kieran studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art. He is represented by Browse and Darby, Cork Street, Mayfair, London. His work is held in several prestigious collections internationally including the permanent collection of Merton College Oxford University. He is Elected Associate Member of Merton College Oxford, where he also holds the position Visiting Fellow in the Creative Arts. Kieran lectures and teaches themed practical and philosophical workshops in connection with the major exhibitions of The Ashmolean Museum Oxford, Merton College Oxford, and various other Universities, Museums, Schools and various artistic societies in London and Oxfordshire. 

“Kieran’s evocative paintings fizzle with life and electric colour. Each work is a painterly expression of his imagination and individual sense of place. Layers of oil paint are superimposed with fractured marks, dashes and splatters that capture the spirit of a continually changing landscape.” Browse and Darby.


All Materials are provided in this workshop, except please bring the following two things:

  1. Arches watercolour paper Block 140lb/300gsm Hot Pressed: 18x26cm for preparatory watercolour studies, drawings and notes. 

Can be purchased from Broad Canvas in Oxford. https://www.broadcanvas.co.uk/arches-aquarelle-block-140lb-300gsm-hot-pressed-18x26cm/6037061

  1. A4 colour printed photographs of landscapes (English summer, Cotswolds or similar) that inspire you as reference material. 

All other materials are proved. (However If you wish to bring your own oils, watercolours, brushes and any other materials in addition, please feel free to do so, but not necessary)

This event will be taking place at Little Buckland Gallery

Tickets £190 to include a light lunch each day

Group size limited to 10

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am on 10th April 2020 and 2 weeks earlier for Benefactors of the festival.