Pick up a paint brush with the NG

Whether you are a seasoned painter or perhaps new to the art world, the National Gallery has a host of art classes stating this month which are bound to have you wanting to pick up your paint brush.  


Abstract painting  

Starting on Thursday, 18 April, this class is held every week from 10am to noon. The course is designed for both beginners and intermediate painters.  

Students will be introduced to a selection of media and tools that create different textures, while developing a sense of composition and balance in the distribution of colours and forms. The course is being taught by Solenn Carriou, the daughter of a well-established French painter.  

Solenn has attended art courses in North America, culminating in the studio of Canadian artist Lydia Panart at the Avenue Road Art School of Toronto, where she studied the various techniques of abstract painting. Solenn is an experience and dynamic teacher and a strong believer in the importance of studying colours with her students as the basis of abstract painting.  

$170 ($153 members), 7 sessions. 



If you’ve always wanted to draw like the classical masters, this class is for you.  

Held every Saturday morning, from 10.30am to 12.30pm beginning 13 April, the class is designed for those who want to learn basic classical drawing skills from the ground up.  

Students who have already completed a drawing class will be given more advanced work while new beginners will receive instruction suitable for their level. The class is being taught by Gabrielle Wheaton. Gabrielle attended one of the most select art schools in the world, the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto, graduating with a diploma in classical realist art in 2009. She has been an artist in her own right for many years, exhibiting at Cayfest, through the Visual Arts Society and for the McCoy Prize in 2004. 

$320 ($288 members), 10 sessions. 


Sketching for life  

Sketching is uplifting and a great way to learn how to paint. This course teaches a variety of techniques such as pencil and pen drawing, watercolour washes, wet on wet and dry brush.  

The class will be held every Wednesday evening for nine weeks, beginning on 17 April. The class is taught by local artist John Broad. Originally from the UK, John has been living and painting in Cayman since 1989. John’s work is always infused with colour, movement and vitality and he is well known for his ability to “speed paint”, something which he often does at fundraising events. The painting is then auctioned off for charity.  

$222 ($198 members), 9 sessions. 

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