Artist Phil Creek’s session help pupils in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 March 2016

Students enjoy a workshop at Thelma Hulbert Gallery.

Students enjoy a workshop at Thelma Hulbert Gallery.


Pupils from Honiton Community College recently took part in a painting workshop at the town’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG).

Student Erin Marshallsay tried her hand at using acrylics.Student Erin Marshallsay tried her hand at using acrylics.

They were joined by Phil Creek, an artist and chairman of the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts.

Phil is best known for his paintings depicting the places, people and landscapes of Britain, Europe and the United States. He works predominantly in East Devon surrounded by the landscape that continues to inspire him.

Pupils also viewed an exhibition of work by members of the academy, including a piece by Phil himself and other academicians who are outstanding practitioners of fine and applied arts with varied practices, backgrounds and styles.

Kat Blockley, head of CreATE at Honiton Community College, said: “The students who had the opportunity to attend the workshop developed paintings from photographs of local landscapes using acrylics under the expert guidance of Phil.

“They developed their work in a focused manner and within the relatively short period of time of the workshop, surprised themselves with the quality of their painting.

“They were challenged to consider their brush strokes and colour mixing in order to create a painting with a strong sense of place.

We returned to college with many sophisticated and expressive 
studies that will contribute to the students’ examination preparations and the skills learnt during the workshop will be explored in more depth in class. One of the pleasing aspects is the way that students developed their confidence with acrylic paint during this workshop.

It will be exciting to see how their renewed confidence will enhance the students’ colour and brushwork in their future artworks.”

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