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2020: Introduction to Illustration and Painting – Online

Venue: Online

Dates: This online workshop ran from Monday 17th August 2020 until Friday 21st August 2020.

Workshop Information

Course Outline

Day 1: Grid Method for Drawing

Create an illustrated composition by copying an image. You will need a pencil, a photocopy of the image you want to copy, as well as a ruler to accurately measure and transfer your design to canvas or painting paper.

Day 2: Colour Meaning for Monochromatic Painting

Using wet on wet technique, we will explore the symbolism of different colours to paint your grid illustration, limiting your palette to create an additional layer of meaning in your art by manipulating grayscale with tone. You will need acrylic paints and paintbrushes.

Day 3: Sizing up for Still Life

Put together a still life composition with household items to create a drawing using comparative measurement technique. You will need a pencil and an easel or something to prop up your canvas or painting paper.

Day 4: Colour Theory for Painting

Paint your still life using a colour wheel, learning how to control contrast and harmony for the colour scheme in your composition. You will need acrylic paints and paintbrushes.

Day 5: Transcription

Create a painting composition using the techniques you’ve learned about during the course. You will be given four different options of historical artworks to choose for your research and interpretation, as well as examples of transcriptions by famous painting masters.


This workshop will be run by Creative Dimension Trust tutor, Rene Gonzalez. Rene is a London based artist whose work reflects on the role of myth, folk art and magical realism in modern secular societies. His canvases feature dream-like landscapes and characters and colourful, dramatic visual language, carrying on from his background as a graffiti artist and mural painter in Costa Rica.



Students must report for group teaching at 10am for a 30 minute tutorial. Following the first session, students will go offline to create their own work. The afternoon session will include private one-to-one sessions, a show and tell, and a briefing for the following day.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops give you a valuable chance to develop a range of transferable skills. This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in: Conservation, Signwriting, Calligraphy, Fine Art, Illustration and Animation (to name a few).


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 16 to 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 8 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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