Francesca Owen is a specialist in pigments and dyes. She studied at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art under the guidance of Turner Prize nominee, Phyllida Barlow and the current Head of Painting, Andrew Stahl. She has researched painting pigments and dyes as far wide as Laos, Australia and Spain and more locally Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.
Francesca has been teaching since 2010, leading workshops on paint making techniques. She shares her unique practice and love of painting the landscape of West Penwith, using pigments that are handmade and local to the places she is painting about. Her five week course at St Ives School of Painting shows you how to process your own pure pigments, turning them into painting mediums. Working both outside and in the studio, she works with students to study the essential qualities of the land and sea and how to relay these in a painting. Visit her website to find out more about her work.
Learn how to build up layers in your landscape painting using the rugged coastline around St Ives as your inspiration. Over four days explore different styles and mediums with two different tutors. Initially create drawings, monochromatic studies and coloured grounds, influenced by weather and atmosphere. Back in the studio develop an expressive, intuitive response to the landscape with a focus on structure and space.