Join the talented, experienced and always exciting Emily Ball for a two day workshop exploring, inventing, investigating and playing with the idea of visual poetry.

  • Tutor, Emily Ball
  • November 14, 15, 2022 (Monday & Tuesday)
  • 10.00-16.00
  • £200/two day workshop
  • Plus £12 surcharge for canvas and paper provided (charged at workshop)
  • Tea and Coffee provided, please bring lunch with you
  • Suitable for all

What to expect on this course

Paint is the subject.

Exploring what it means to make visual poetry with paint is the aim of this 2 day course. Investigating how to make images that are particular and playful is the game; allocating colours to describe feelings, inventing marks to create an equivalent to sensations through touch, smell and taste.

Students will experiment with colour, mark making, phrasing, improvising and editing to make work that is personal and meaningful.  

During these two days Emily will provide exercises and prompts to inspire you to make paintings exploring this theme. You will expand your repertoire of markmaking, and gain more confidence and knowledge about handling paint.

You will be working on two A1 sized paintings and a series of small paintings (the canvas and paper will be provided).  


Paints and other materials

These are the colours Emily suggests you use, in either acrylics, or oils. This selection enables you to mix any colour you desire:

Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Indian Yellow, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Magenta, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue.

Mediums and equipment for oils and acrylics


Acrylics can be diluted with acrylic mediums, they will increase the flow and transparency of the paint. Some offer the option of increasing the gloss as well. That is up to you.

Oils – In my own studio I never use White spirit or Turpentine. It is highly toxic and smelly. I recommend Shellsol T which you can buy from Jacksons Art supplies of A P Fitzpatrick (this is a solvent which is an alternative to white spirit to clean your brushes with and thin the oil paint). I recommend that you use a ‘Drying medium’ (to speed up the drying time). I use a 50/50 mix of Linseed stand oil and Shellsol T. I find this mix odourless and very effective. 

Brushes for Oils and Acrylics

Have a variety of brush shapes and sizes: Flats, Filberts, Rounds, Liners/Riggers. For bigger brushes I frequently go to hardware and decorating shops. Good makes are Princeton and Omega for large brushes. A few palette knives, paint scrapers or spatulas are useful too, of differing shapes and sizes.

Rags and barrier cream

Cotton rags are essential and I recommend that you have lots.

I also recommend that you put on Barrier Cream before you start working to protect your skin.

Mixing and cleaning (water or solvent)

Plastic bowls for mixing paints (ice cream tubs are good). Yoghurt pots etc.

Other materials

Have a selection of drawing materials available, such as charcoal, pencils, felt tip pens, oil pastels, graphite sticks plus some masking tape and bulldog clips.

PLEASE NOTE: You may not use the sink at the Hampshire Art Studio to wash equipment – we are by a chalk stream and must take all precautions to make sure it is not contaminated by our materials.

NB this course would make a great partner to The Lyrical Line with Katie Sollohub taking place in the preceding week . Katie and Emily have taught together for 25 years and will be collaborating on the structure of each of their courses. You can expect to find the exercises follow from one to the other, each echoing and reinforcing what can be learnt whether drawing or painting. It would be a real bonus to do both courses, although each will stand on its own, neither is a pre-requisite for the other.