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(Barnoldswick) Painting with Malcolm Bullock - Mondays - 1.00 - 3.00 - May 2014

Dog Rose - a simple flower portrait in acrylic
Public Library, Fern Lea Avenue, Barnoldswick, BB18 5DW. 01282 812147
Mondays afternoons May 2014
Painting on Mondays at Barnoldswick Library May 2014

7th May - Wed 10-12 (Due to Bank Holiday)
Crina Bottom - A Landscape Painting using Derwent Inktense Sticks
A painting featuring the farm at Crina Bottom nr Ingleton. Done in Inktense which is a water-soluble acrylic colour in a block which dries into a waterproof film. We have used this medium for monochrome subjects previously but this time we will be using 4 colours

12th May - Mon 1-3
A Flower Portrait - Flower Portrait in Acrylic
Given the success of the last flower portrait this is back by popular demand.

19th May - Mon 1-3
Spritsail Barges of the Thames and Medway - A Maritime Scene in Acrylic
A Thames Barge sailing in a tidal estuary - a subject favoured by artists such as Edward Wesson, Edward Seago and Rowland Hilder. Today, however, we will create our own unique painting of this subject.

28th May - Wed 10-12 (Due to Bank Holiday)
Tree Studies - A Landscape in Oil Pastel or Charcoal on an Acrylic Background (Mixed Media)
Something a bit different as we draw trees on an acrylic background. I keep getting asked about oil pastels well this is one way to use them.

This was the Press release for May:
Bookings are now being taken at Barnoldswick Library for Monday afternoon Painting classes in May. There are some changes, however, due to the bank holidays when the classes move from Monday afternoon at 1.00pm in the meeting room to Wednesday at 10am. The May program features painting with acrylics and starts on Wednesday the 7th May at 10pm with a session painting a landscape featuring Crina Bottom near Ingleton using Derwent Inktense sticks, which when wet release colour that behaves similar to Acrylic inks. The following week the classes move back to Monday afternoon at 1pm where on the 12th they are painting a flower portrait in acrylic – always a popular subject. The class on the 19th of May features a Maritime scene where acrylics will be used to paint a Spritsail Barge as used on the Thames and Medway. The final session for the month moves back to Wednesday morning at 12 on the 28th May and will consist of a tree study using oil pastel on an acrylic background – this has been inspired by the many questions raised in the past by people whom want to know how best to use there oil pastels to good effect.

All classes are independent of one another and the cost is £9.50 per half day paint-along session and includes all materials and instruction needed to complete the painting - just come, sit down and paint. To book just call into Barnoldswick Library where they keep the booking list and painting programs or contact Malcolm on 07776036674 or just turn up as there is usually an extra place set. see for further information. You can also follow what is going on at

Due to the nature of the classes the painting sessions are suitable for both the Beginner (some people have not painted since school) and the improver (those who wish to hone their existing painting skills). In each class I will demonstrate how to paint an effective scene in watercolour or acrylic. There is also the occasional session where the painting is done in line and wash, pastel or even oils (oils is usually a full day session). The sessions usually take place on Monday afternoons from 1-3pm but occasionally switch to Wednesday mornings when there is a bank holiday. If the session warrants it we take a full day but there is usually a half day option providing there is space.

Course Fee - £9.50p/afternoon session - This includes all art materials as well as the loan of brushes etc

The sessions feature a paint- along where the participants will start and finish the painting within the session. The techniques used to produce the painting will follow a step by step approach. This method of teaching allows the individual to quickly develop confidence in using the paints. Skills are also built up through the explanation of the various techniques used in painting the scene as well as the theory, such as composition and colour theory, that goes with it. The development of a personal style of painting is encouraged through individual assessment at various stages of the painting. No one paints exactly the same, we are all unique.

Booking is preferable as course numbers will be kept small to ensure individual attention. I do usually set an extra place or two so it is also possible to turn up on the day.

Booking can be taken at the information counter at the library (01282 812147) or call, text (07776036674) or contact me via the "contact me" page of this website and I will pass the booking on to the library.