will kemp art school https://willkempartschool.com acrylic painting tips and techniques Sun, 19 Dec 2021 15:36:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://willkempartschool.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/cropped-willkempartschoolfavicon-1-32x32.png will kemp art school https://willkempartschool.com 32 32 The Art Studio Renovation Diary – Update https://willkempartschool.com/the-studio-renovation-diary-update/ https://willkempartschool.com/the-studio-renovation-diary-update/#comments Sat, 18 Dec 2021 19:07:11 +0000 https://willkempartschool.com/?p=28081 After years of painting trips, holidays and a rollercoaster of a property search, we’ve finally found our dream studio in Cornwall. Leaking roofs, copious amounts of whitewashing, numerous skips, and an epic space once the working studio of Royal Academy artist Sandra Blow, in glorious St Ives.  I’ve been taking lots of photographs and Vanessa […]

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A Thanksgiving Thanks! https://willkempartschool.com/a-thanksgiving-thanks-3/ https://willkempartschool.com/a-thanksgiving-thanks-3/#respond Sat, 20 Nov 2021 17:19:32 +0000 https://willkempartschool.com/?p=27057 In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank all the students and well-wishers that have supported the Art School blog over the last year. It’s so inspiring when students share their creativity, progress and fantastic painting successes. Have a great weekend, Vanessa & I are wrapping up warm, soaking up nature and walking the coastal […]

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Fishing Boat at St Michael’s Mount – Acrylic Step-by-Step Tutorial for Beginners https://willkempartschool.com/acrylic-step-by-step-tutorial-for-beginners/ https://willkempartschool.com/acrylic-step-by-step-tutorial-for-beginners/#comments Mon, 18 Oct 2021 10:41:11 +0000 https://willkempartschool.com/?p=26545 Will Kemp, Fishing Boat at St Michael’s Mount, 10 x 8 inches, Acrylic on Board Morning class, After posting photos from my recent trip to St Michael’s Mount, the most popular request was to create a painting tutorial of the little blue boat. So here it is, a new free step-by-step acrylic lesson! Grab a […]

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Exploring St Michael’s Mount, the Castle & Recovered Portraits https://willkempartschool.com/exploring-st-michaels-mount-the-castle-recovered-portraits/ https://willkempartschool.com/exploring-st-michaels-mount-the-castle-recovered-portraits/#comments Sun, 03 Oct 2021 16:38:17 +0000 https://willkempartschool.com/?p=26407 After a week of steady mizzle, the skies cleared, and it felt like the perfect autumnal day to head off and explore the nearby island of historical St Michael’s Mount in Marazion. Nestled on top of a rocky hill, surrounded by blue water, it truly is an incredible sight, even as we approached by road: […]

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How to Create Strong Painting Compositions using ‘Notan’ Design https://willkempartschool.com/how-to-use-notan-design-to-create-compelling-compositions-in-your-paintings/ https://willkempartschool.com/how-to-use-notan-design-to-create-compelling-compositions-in-your-paintings/#comments Sun, 29 Aug 2021 09:57:07 +0000 https://willkempartschool.com/?p=26141 ‘The combination of lights and darks especially as used in Japanese art : the design or pattern of a work of art as seen in flat areas of dark and light values only.’- Webster Dictionary Out for a beach stroll early this morning, as the sun was coming up behind the boats in the harbour, […]

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New! Acrylic Still Life Course https://willkempartschool.com/acrylic-still-life-course/ https://willkempartschool.com/acrylic-still-life-course/#comments Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:47:59 +0000 https://willkempartschool.com/?p=25239 Morning class, I’m Will Kemp, and welcome to the first course in my new series ‘The Morning Paintings”. I’m super excited about these because they are easy-to-follow single project courses that you can complete in just a few 1 hr painting sessions. Each one will follow the same approach: A single painting from start to […]

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New Horizons and Coastlines to Explore with an Art Studio move to the Sea! https://willkempartschool.com/st-ives-seals-and-a-new-studio/ https://willkempartschool.com/st-ives-seals-and-a-new-studio/#comments Mon, 21 Jun 2021 18:53:01 +0000 https://willkempartschool.com/?p=24950 Godrevy Lighthouse, St Ives Bay A few weeks ago, on the first wave of lockdown easing, we had a chance to explore and meet some of our new neighbours. They had grey fur, hidden ears, and love fish. Looking down into Mutton Cove is a grey seal colony, close to the South West Coast Path. […]

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Studio Notes // 004: Monumental Art and Modern Still Life https://willkempartschool.com/monumental-art-and-modern-still-life/ https://willkempartschool.com/monumental-art-and-modern-still-life/#comments Mon, 17 May 2021 16:19:47 +0000 https://willkempartschool.com/?p=24759 Every few weeks, I share my top art inspirations that I’ve read, experimented with or listened to. Here’s this weeks edition of things I enjoyed when I should have been at the easel, with the hope they might inspire your own work too… I’ve enjoyed watching: Documentary: Christo and Jeanne Claude: Monumental Art I found […]

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A Daily Dose of Painting Courage (And Overcoming Masterpiece Anxiety) https://willkempartschool.com/a-dose-of-courage-every-day/ https://willkempartschool.com/a-dose-of-courage-every-day/#comments Mon, 12 Apr 2021 19:45:38 +0000 https://willkempartschool.com/?p=24494 The first painting I remember having an immense amount of pressure to get right was in my GCSE art exam. For the final piece, I had moved into new territory and arranged my own setup of objects in front of my easel. I thought a still life would be the easiest choice for a timed study. […]

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7 Ways to Stop Acrylic Paint Drying too Fast https://willkempartschool.com/10-ways-to-stop-acrylic-paint-drying-too-fast/ https://willkempartschool.com/10-ways-to-stop-acrylic-paint-drying-too-fast/#comments Sun, 07 Mar 2021 10:43:01 +0000 https://willkempartschool.com/?p=24027 Acrylics are a great medium. Pick up a few well-chosen materials, and after a simple set up, you can paint on almost any surface. But. They dry quickly. And sometimes really quickly. If you’re new to painting, the seriousness of this small window of free-flowing acrylics begins to dawn on you, little by little. The […]

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