The Art Intense improvers courses and workshops are perfect for students who are looking to join a class to further enhance their skills with practise, professional guidance, and the company of other improving artists. The classes are filled with students of mixed abilities. Including those who have only just completed a beginner's course to students who have been learning for a number of courses. As Briony tutors all Art Intense beginner's and improver classes she is able to adapt her guidance to suit each student's skill. Therefore, every student will receive personalised tuition and advice for their capabilities and all students despite their level of experience will be able to attempt the project set.
The improvers courses are made up of 3-hour lessons that take place once a week at a particular location. Each term there is a new curriculum so students can return to the same class but not repeat any lessons. Each course covers a wide range of subjects which are intended to inspire and broaden your artistic knowledge and practice. The lessons covered include pencil drawing, watercolour, and acrylic. There will be at least 4 classes per medium to enable students to have sufficient time to understand how the medium works before moving on to the next.
The one-off workshops concentrate on one subject and a complementing medium. Whether this be "Charcoal 'Fan Ho' Photography" or "Impasto Acrylic Vespa's" each workshop is a standalone lesson. Workshops are open to anyone with or without experience as the classes are limited to a small number and therefore gives Briony time to advise and tutor each individual student based on their needs.
If you have attended an Art Intense beginners' course, you will have already been taught all the foundation skills used by Briony to create each 'improver' artwork piece. Students who have not attended an Art Intense beginners' course before but who would not consider themselves a 'beginner' are encouraged to join either an improver course if they are keen to improve their abilities in a creative environment. Another option would be to organise a set of private lessons where Briony will teach you all the skills needed to feel confident joining an improvers course.
In preparation for each class as part of a course -Students will receive an email with a
link that will provide you with all the relevant information you will require ahead of
the class. This includes a copy of the original project artwork completed by Briony
along with several process pictures to give students good visual representation of
how the artwork was approached. There will also be a comprehensive instruction
sheet that specifies the exact materials Briony used such as paints, brushes, and
size/type of supports. Students will have a selection of reference photos for
inspiration including the exact one used by Briony. You are encouraged to bring a
copy of an image and/or a copy of the sheet with you - Either printed or downloaded
onto your tablet/phone.
At the start of each class Briony will have her finished artwork on display for students to study and use as a reference, or inspiration if needed. She will then talk through the project and explain the choice of subject and the artwork objectives. This will be followed by a comprehensive 30-40 min live demonstration that covers all the techniques and tips students will need to know to attempt the artwork themselves. During this time students will be able to take notes and ask questions while Briony works. After the live demo she will then be available to offer personalised advice and tuition to each student individually.
Unlike a franchise where classes can total 30+ students, and can include beginners working alongside, the Art Intense classes are capped at 16 students. All of which are ‘improver’ students that will be taking on the same project to insure only one lesson is being taught and to better allow time for 1-on-1 evaluations.
Every improving artist who wants to sign up for an improvers course is encouraged
to practice at home as well as in the class as this is vital for the natural
growth of creativity and skill. Therefore, students have usually started to accumulate
their own art supplies and equipment. Many students like to continue a project at
home and complete the work in their own time. As many brands offer different
versions of pigments and quality it is never beneficial to start a piece of artwork with
different materials to ones you have at home. Therefore, students are required to
bring their own equipment to class such as brushes, mediums, supports, water jars,
& palettes. Art Intense will provide basic art materials such as tape, drawing boards,
table top easels, and some drawing tools.
For dates and locations of upcoming Art Intense courses & workshops please follow the link below or send an enquiry.
Guildford venue -
Blackheath Village Hall
To see examples of previous improver class projects and students artworks please see below
No landscape or horizon line. The aim of this composition is to accentuate large format
clouds. Streaking light and lost edges will be the techniques to achieve the wispiness needed.
Smooth vs textured application of paint. Looking for a good contrast from the smooth metal of the scooter, to the gritty look of a side street. Palette knife might be a good choice!
For a contrast from a full edge to edge watercolour this will concentrate on a central floating composition. Emphasis on details and wet-on-dry layers. Aiming for semi-realistic outcome.
A painting Briony had been excited to try for a while. Experimenting with washes to create a hazy colourful night sky. Maybe some scratching out to encourage highlights right at the end.
For enquiries about Art Intense please contact Briony directly using the number and/or email below.
Alternatively, you can fill in the form and Briony will get back to you as soon as possible.
07988 805 345