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Oil Impasto buildings & Landscapes with Joe Armstrong

Artist: Joe Armstrong
Medium: Oil
Price: £10 – £110
Start Date/Time: Tuesday, October 19th - 10:00 am
End Date/Time: Wednesday, October 20th - 4:00 pm
Materials List: Download Here
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This workshop with popular local artist Joe Armstrong will teach you how to create striking paintings of buildings within landscapes, using a palette knife and flowing strokes of colour. During the 2 days students will follow Joe’s creative process, learning the various stages of creating a distinctive impasto painting on canvas.

On the first day you will paint test pieces to explore ideas and colour palettes. You will then learn how to lay down a mid tone base colour to work over which allows you to see more clearly where dark and light might fall. Joe will demonstrate how he initially draws shapes with his fingers or a palette knife to develop the buildings, keeping the drawing very stylised and simple but effective. Each stage of the process will be demonstrated from beginning to soft-in the background;  applying more prominent features in the foreground; adding any dark and light accents and finally some loose detail.

The second day will focus on producing a final piece using techniques learnt so far, paying special attention to perspective. Joe will encourage you open-up and become comfortable creating your piece using a range of striking, vibrant colours. Throughout the workshop Joe will give individual teaching time between demonstrations, offering advice and inspiration. He will take extra care to ensure you leave feeling confident using perspective and colour to enhance future paintings. If there is time Joe will also discuss the use of framing, considering how choices such as colour can make a piece more appealing.


“I love the texture of pure paint on canvas. I use the palette knife which stops my work being too precise. This gives my paintings a vibrant and spontaneous feel.”


Joe Armstrong grew up in London, and after working in advertising for a number of years, moved to Cornwall; he now paints professionally full time. Joe Armstrong is well-known in Cornwall where his large scale, colourful landscape paintings can be seen in galleries throughout the county. Joe paints outside as much as possible – you can sometimes find him painting around Cornwall during the Spring and Summer months, deep in a wooded valley surrounded by bluebells, or just sitting quietly painting on a hillside overlooking the sea.


All abilities very welcome.

Materials are available to purchase in the Truro Arts shop and you will receive a 10% discount on all supplies for the workshop.

PAINT SHARE AVAILABLE! Add a paint share ticket to your booking to make use of our paints for the duration of the workshop.

This workshop will take place on the mezzanine level of the Art Shop, TR1 2SJ. For more information please click here.


Tuesday, October 19th - 10:00 am
Wednesday, October 20th - 4:00 pm
£10 – £110
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