Oil Painting Workshop

A level Art and Design students recently attended an oil painting workshop with artist Scott Bridgwood who had visited us earlier this year to teach life drawing.

Scott is a full-time professional artist having graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 1992. After exhibiting in and around London, he emigrated to Rome, Italy where he lived and worked as an artist for ten years. He now lives in Leicester where he still works as an artist and teaches Life Drawing and Portraiture at Attenborough Arts in Leicester. He is a member of the ‘Leicester Society of Artists’.

This was the students’ first experience of painting with oils. They made a series of observational studies of fruit and then painted a composition combining the fruit with a jug or vase. Scott explained how to mix unsaturated colours to create a harmonious effect. Students were also encouraged to think about hard and soft edges and the use of complementary colours to create shadows. This artwork supports the work students are doing for their A level qualification and will be particularly useful for those students wishing to apply for foundation and degree courses in Art and Design subjects.

The workshop was an excellent opportunity for students to broaden their portfolio and gain knowledge from a professional practitioner. The students were a credit to Harington in the way they conducted themselves and the work they produced.