Preparing for an Exhibition
‘Make Them Look Twice – Improving your Presentation’
This two hour session focuses on using mounts and frames to present work (on paper) so that it looks its best. Following a short introduction on current trends I use a painting to explore how a picture is subtly, or not so subtly, changed by the mount and frame. This includes:
- different widths and colours of mounts and frames
- how to present unframed work
- double mounts and introducing depth with box frames
- the correct choice of materials
- choosing the best part of the work – not always the obvious
During the break participants consider three different presentations of the same picture and estimate an exhibition price – the results can be very surprising. After the break they divide into groups and experiment with mounts and frames to make their pictures look their best.
I draw the session to a close emphazising:
- keeping presentation simple and neutral
- considering mount and frame together
- being generous with the width of mounts
- using colour sparingly
- introducing depth and shadow
‘A well presented, interesting and informative workshop, which really engaged our members. We learned how to maximise the impact and presentation of our paintings, through thoughtful mounting and framing’ Chichester Art Society
Please add 40 pence a mile for venues more than 15 miles from Chichester. I am happy to travel but will charge expenses for journeys more than about 50 miles from Chichester, please get in touch to discuss this. Payment by cheque, BACS or PayPal. .
What’s included and should I bring anything?
I bring everything with me, including a substantial easel. For the second half please bring a painting/drawing on paper to experiment with different presentations. If you expect more than about 40 people please contact me to discuss the best way of arranging the second half.
New Demonstration – from April 2018
‘How did cow’s urine get into your paintbox? The fascinating story of pigments through the ages’
This two hour session is about where colour comes from, how it’s prepared, what it’s mixed with and how new colours were discovered. The first hour is a well illustrated talk going from the cave art of Lascaux in the Dordogne and finishing with Titian in the Renaissance.
There’s lots of lovely stories along the way; for example vermillion was so expensive that the Romans gave it an armed guard to get it from the mines in Spain back to Rome. Wealthy Romans used vermillion for their wall paintings but the less well-off used red ochre, not such a vibrant red but about a tenth of the price. Sadly the vermillion could kill through heavy metal poisoning!
For the second half it’s roll up your sleeves and put on an apron. I’ve prepared lots of small wooden panels with several layers of rabbit skin gesso. Everyone has a go at making egg tempera, start by using a glass muller to grind the pigments on a marble base, before adding distilled water and egg. Then use the tempera to paint on a wooden panel – it should last 500 years!
Please add 40 pence a mile for venues more than 15 miles from Chichester. I am happy to travel but will also charge expenses for journeys more than about 50 miles from Chichester, please get in touch to discuss this.
Everything is provided but please bring an apron for the second half. If your group is larger than about 40 please get in touch to discuss the best way of arranging the second half.
I have given many demonstrations over the past four years, have eight years’ experience of teaching mount cutting workshops, am qualified to teach adults and have public liability insurance. I really enjoy running demonstrations and workshops and have had some lovely reviews.