What Goes Where? Mixed Media | John Lovett Bienarté

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What Goes Where? Mixed Media | John Lovett

What Goes Where? Mixed Media | John Lovett

The importance of planning prior to painting.

It is easy to simply copy what is in front of you but by planning, rearranging and adjusting a much stronger painting will emerge.
Getting the big structural arrangement right from the start also makes the painting process much easier and freer.
Join John Lovett in exploring the importance of planning and placement as we work through a variety of different subjects.

John Lovett will take everyone through the following painting processes:
We will use a variety of materials and techniques to squeeze more out of our subjects. Our goal will be to amplify the character and atmosphere of the subject using watercolour, gouache, ink, charcoal, gesso and a variety of pencils.
We will take an experimental approach, allowing accidental effects to occur, but learning when and how to modify and control these effects.
We will work with what emerges from the developing painting, rather than trying to produce a predetermined result.
We will work hard, it will be a lot of fun and, as well as learning some brand new skills, we will produce some exciting paintings.

What will I learn?

Under John’s guidance and demonstrations, you will learn how to:
Carefully examine subjects before manipulating them with a series of thumbnail sketches to clarify and adjust the composition.
Extract maximum impact from the subject, not merely reproduce it.
Examine a number of different watercolour techniques and also incorporate gouache, gesso, ink and charcoal into our paintings.

You will be provided with a variety of subjects, as well as plenty of advice and assistance from John. You will also have ample opportunity to put your learning into practice, have a lot of fun and perhaps even produce some masterpieces!

Who is this workshop suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for all skills levels.
Ask our friendly team for advice if you are not sure if this workshop is for you.

What do I need to bring?


• Bring your lunch and snacks or you can purchase from cafes close by. We do have a fridge and microwave at the studio for your convenience.

• Bring your painting gear and as many questions as you wish to ask.

What will be provided?

Tea and coffee (please bring your own cup)
A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
Connection to the Bienarté art community

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Course testimonials:

  • This is my second Workshop with John and everyone does "Lovett".... he is a very patient man and a great tutor, and we learnt a lot of handy tricks and skills.
  • Learned so much in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • John's supportive approach allowed everyone to apply his technique and process to their own style and direction. Everyone ended up with their own individual works, while picking up some great new techniques. All in a nurturing and non-judgemental environment - wonderful!