Ashley Hold

I have been teaching drawing and painting for over 13 years, from secondary school level to undergraduate and postgraduate level. I have observed how students struggle with certain aspects of drawing and painting and have developed my teaching practice to deal with these ‘obstacles’ to learning. My artistic practice and my teaching practice are bound together in a symbiotic relationship.

I am primarily concerned with drawing and painting aspects of the world around me. I have always been committed to working directly from observation, continually revising and re-working in an attempt to resolve the tension between a commitment to visual fact and a concern for pictorial structure. I am usually drawn to subjects that present great difficulties, both practical and aesthetic.

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Three Day Portrait - Inspired by Hockney 29/03/2019

£295

A three day portrait course with leading portrait artist Ashley Hold. You will work from a model on all three days in a small group, giving you lots of time for one to one instruction. This course would suit you if you have experience of painting from the figure and want to advance your approach under expert guidance.
 


LW - Sea and Rocks 10/05/2019

£270

Take advantage of our location and use the sea and the rocks along the rugged edges of St Ives for your inspiration. Learn the techniques you need to compose fresh and lively studies in oils, capturing colour, movement and texture. Working directly from observation explore the tension between reality, pictorial composition and imagination to help create a compelling painting.
 


Three Day Portrait 28/06/2019

£295

Respected portrait artist Ashley Hold believes the first requirement for making a portrait is the ability to draw and paint what you see, as truthfully as you can. This course aims to give you a toolkit of methods to help you develop the ability to make a portrait, but which you can also use in any figurative work. Acrylic paint is an ideal learning medium because any mistakes can be rapidly and easily painted over.
 


LW - Sea and Rocks 13/09/2019

£270

Take advantage of our location and use the sea and the rocks along the rugged edges of St Ives for your inspiration. Learn the techniques you need to compose fresh and lively studies in oils, capturing colour, movement and texture. Working directly from observation explore the tension between reality, pictorial composition and imagination to help create a compelling painting.


 


Three Day Portrait 18/10/2019

£295

Respected portrait artist Ashley Hold believes the first requirement for making a portrait is the ability to draw and paint what you see, as truthfully as you can. This course aims to give you a toolkit of methods to help you develop the ability to make a portrait, but which you can also use in any figurative work. Acrylic paint is an ideal learning medium because any mistakes can be rapidly and easily painted over.