Picton Castle and Gardens

‘Salt and Ink’ Art Workshop with Janet Chaplin

Local artist Janet Chaplin, a regular exhibitor in our galleries, will be running the first in a series of exciting workshops in our newly restored Heritage Centre classroom.

Janet paints in a semi abstract style which focuses on contrasts of colours and textures, details and atmosphere. She uses mixed media to create pieces, working from life before taking sketches into the studio.

Graduating from Gwent College of Higher Education in Fine Art In the early 90s, she has worked as a Teacher of Art since then, painting and creating whenever she could. She has always painted using colour as a language to express her thoughts and feelings. “I have a multi-disciplined style, soft sculpture, stained glass, bookbinding to name a few”, explains Janet “exhibiting in Italy and showing my work in Wales and beyond, plus accepting commissions has given me the confidence to use media and colour, texture and scale. But it’s my recent painting which really has excited me.”

This workshop provides an exciting opportunity to work with Janet using the techniques she prefers to create a wonderful and unique piece of art. One of these techniques is using salt and ink together, to achieve a vibrant and unusual finish. You will experiment with colours, creating deep hues and unusual blends, adding different salts to create texture both in the ink and on the surface. Using both watercolour paper and blackout material, you will create several small paintings based on the gardens here at Picton to take home and treasure forever.

Beginning at 10.30 with an introduction, you will start to experiment with the inks and salt on watercolour paper. While the first layers are drying, the group will explore the walled gardens looking for inspiration and foliage to use later on.

After a break for refreshments, you will continue experimenting using the foliage and exploring composition with card mounts to create little abstract images.

We’ll then break for lunch, compliments of Maria’s restaurant, where you will have the choice of a lighter lunch with soup and sandwiches, or a courtyard lunch consisting of a selection of cold meats, salads, new potatoes, a platter of deli cheese and freshly baked breads, and a selection of fresh fruit. Veggie options will be available.

In the afternoon session, you will learn how to stretch a canvas over a frame, providing the perfect surface to build layers of ink, salt and leaves. By the end of the day you will have this framed piece of art, (similar to the photographs below) and your experimental pieces from the morning session to take home, and hopefully the knowledge and experience to go ahead and create further pieces yourself.

This workshop will be available on 9th & 10th October, and there are 8 places each day.

The workshop is £80, and will include lunch and refreshments, and all materials. You will also have access to the grounds for the entire day, including The Welsh Owl Garden & Zoo.

Suitable clothing for painting is recommended. The workshop will take place in our walled garden courtyard learning room, which is fully accessible and a short walk from the car park. The room has a wood burning stove, which we will light if it’s on the chilly side!

To book your place on the workshop or for any further information, please call 01437 751326, or email admin@pictoncastle.co.uk



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