Turf Projects to run new summer art courses in Croydon town centre

By - Saturday 14th July, 2018

Turf Projects is running a number of new art courses over the summer, for painters and multimedia creatives. All levels are catered for!

Image by Turf Projects, used with permission.

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Painting Toe-Dipper: an introduction to painting with Charlie Reed
Painting newbie, or just want to learn new techniques? Dip your toes into painting at our taster sessions with painter Charlie Reed! Discover how to use inks, watercolour, acrylic and oil paints to create a range of expressive, painterly techniques. Book sessions individually or save by booking on to all four sessions together.

£35 per session
£125 for four sessions (save £15)
All materials provided.
Book at http://www.turf-projects.com

Turf Projects, 46-47 Trinity Court, Whitgift Centre, Croydon CR0 1UQ

About the sessions:

Ink Painting: Sunday 22nd July, 14:00 – 17:00

Learn to create a range of energetic and expressive marks in ink using a variety of tools, creating form, detail and texture in a bold and expressive ink painting.

Watercolour: Sunday 29th July 14:00 – 17:00

Experiment with a range of watercolour effects to create a still-life painting made from direct observation.

Acrylic Paint: Sunday 5th August 14:00 – 17:00

Get an intro to colour theory and colour mixing; then create a bright and bold painting exploring light, colour and pattern.

Oil Paint: Sunday 12th August 14:00 – 17:00

An intro to oil painting from still life. Paint directly on to primed plywood and learn to use the tactile qualities of oil to form expressive, sculptural effects.

Image by Turf Projects, used with permission.

Do I need to bring anything?

All materials are provided. You only need to bring yourself!

About Charlie Reed

Charlie Reed is an artist who specialises in painting, printmaking and drawing. He is inspired by the urban landscape and in particular London’s canals and rivers. He studied Fine Art at the Royal Drawing School, University of Brighton and Wimbledon College of Arts. His most recent exhibitions include If The Walls Could Talk at Alice Black Gallery and Constant Amid Change at Turf Projects. Charlie draws and paints in the landscape and later uses these studies to develop larger work back in his studio in Stockwell. Alongside his art practice, he also works as a secondary school art teacher.

Adobe Toe-Dipper: Get to grips with Adobe creative software
Heard a lot about publishing software, but not sure where to start or which programs to use? Want an intro into how to create your own professional publication? Led by arts educator Alex Harwood, dip your toes into one of the most commonly used Adobe apps – Indesign – and discover what it has to offer.


To book a place, click here.


Turf Studios, 39-40 Keeley Road, Croydon CR0 1TF

About the session:

Adobe InDesign: Wednesday 18th July 19:00 – 21:00

Create an interactive PDF on the theme of personal histories, exploring layout, colour, typography, effects and publishing. Adobe software subscriptions should be purchased separately if desired, though you can download free trial versions to explore what they have to offer through this course.

Will I need to prepare or bring anything?

* Bring your own laptop.

* Adobe software should be downloaded prior to the session. You can download free trial versions to explore what they have to offer through this course – we’ll send you instructions in good time.

* You’ll need to bring along some personal visual and audio materials on your laptop to use in the session – photographs, art works, video, music, etc.

* Don’t worry, we’ll send full details of all the above in good time ahead of the session.

About Alex Harwood

Alex Harwood is a visual artist and arts educator specialising in and combining both traditional and digital media including; painting, mixed media/collage, graphic design, photography and filmmaking. His personal practice is largely participatory and collaborative in nature, aiming to engage audiences with social, political and universal themes through the art of storytelling.

Now based in South London for over five years, Alex was previously a member of the Islington Mill Arts Academy and Mirabel Studios collectives in Salford and Manchester, exhibiting art works in several group shows. He has also shown works at the Salome Gallery and Lovely Art Gallery in London. As an arts educator, Alex has worked for over ten years in a variety of capacities for numerous charity, public health and education organisations. He also works as an independent tutor, providing one-to-one arts tuition to both academic students and adult learners.

About Turf Projects:

Founded in 2013, Turf Projects is the first entirely artist-run contemporary art space in Croydon, South London. Established by creatives with a personal connection to the borough, Turf is a registered charity organisation working to support artists, curators and the public through an ambitious programme of free exhibitions, workshops and events. Turf is currently operating out of temporary spaces with a limited lifespan, which we’ll be turfed out of sometime next year due to impending redevelopment here in Croydon. As a result we’re working to build up savings for a (hopefully more permanent) move in the near future.

As a registered charity, all proceeds from courses will go directly back into this savings pot, into paying the artists and makers running the courses, and into providing Turf’s free exhibitions and events, with the main programme remaining completely free as always.

If you have any ideas for courses you’d like to see, or would even like to offer your skills in leading a creative course yourself, we’d love to hear from you.

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