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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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.


 


PM - Coastal Oils 16/09/2019

£35

Walk on the wilder side of St Ives, using the timeless medium of oils to explore the form and textures of earth and water. Gain insight into painterly techniques that capture the convergence of rugged rock and swelling sea. 


AM - Sea and Rocks 16/09/2019

£35

The breaking waves and rocky outcrops of St Ives inspire this drawing workshop. Working from direct observation, explore line, tone and composition. Learn technical drawing methods that capture the forms and atmosphere of the coastal landscape. 


AM - Introduction to Portraiture 20/09/2019

£35

This drawing workshop offers an introduction to the structure of the portrait, exposing the architecture of this challenging subject by teaching you essential measuring techniques. The emphasis  is on process rather than producing a finished product, giving you confidence and control in your approach. 
 


PM - Tonal Portraiture 20/09/2019

£35

An opportunity to examine the tonal structure of portraiture in paint. Study how light affects the contours and shapes of the human face and how to describe this using tonal colour. An ideal follow-up to the morning's drawing course, create a resonant connection with your subject using the unmatched flexibility of acrylic paint. 
 


AM - Measured Still Life 22/09/2019

£35

Measured drawing is a fundamental tool for accurately describing shapes and proportions in any subject. This workshop introduces you to a method that enables you to work quickly - ideal for making studies and drawing in situ to develop later using tone and shade. 


PM - Still Life Essentials 22/09/2019

£35

Describe the forms of a still life composition in acrylics using only the primary colour palette and white. You'll learn elementary colour theory and how to apply this in mixing shades and tints, essential knowledge that you can apply to any painting project. 


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.
 


Three Day Portrait 06/03/2020

£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 08/05/2020

£275

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.


 


Still Life Essentials 18/05/2020

£355

Describe the forms of a still life composition in oils using only the primary colour palette and white. You'll learn elementary colour theory and how to apply this in mixing shades and tints, essential knowledge that you can apply to any painting project. 


Four Day Portrait 25/05/2020

£375

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.