24th - 26th June
Tutor: Andrew James
Andy hopes to help improve individuals drawing and painting skills by means of improving observational abilities as well as enabling greater facility with the materials themselves. The group will be working directly from the model. Andy is a hugely supportive and creative tutor and his workshops are extremely popular.
Day one begins with a portrait demonstration. This demonstration will be open to the public and will conclude at 12.30pm. The afternoon session will be slightly longer than usual and drawing will be the principal focus. During the following days Andy will concentrate on painting.
The most compelling quality in Andrew’s craft is his unique and vital relationship to paint itself. This strongly sets him apart from so many of his peers. He has always understood what paint is and what it does. His marvelous handling of pigment has been hard won, with a great deal of his time and focus being spent at the canvas. Yet, it is this hypersensitivity to his medium as an organic thing in itself which distinguishes his painting. Andy's book 'Painting Self-Portraits' is publised by The Crowood Press.
Based in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Andrew James is a highly sought after Artist, who has worked on many prestigious commissions of public figures. Winner of the Carroll Foundation Award in 1998 and of BBC’s Star Portraits with Rolf Harris, Andrew was elected Vice–President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2008 and a member of the New English Art Club in 2017.
2017 Elected a member of the New English Art Club
2013 Winner of The Changing Faces Prize, Royal Society of Portrait Painters
2011 Winner of the Artists Award, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
2008 Elected Vice President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
2004 Honorary Member of Hesketh Hubbard Art Society
2004 Winner of BBC’s Star Portraits with Rolf Harris. Selected by TV’s Antique Expert, David Dickinson at the NPG
2002 Elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP)
1998 Winner of the Carroll Foundation Award for the portrait Ivy Cole, Royal Society of Portrait Painters