The Norfolk Painting School Diploma
An introduction to the Diploma by Course Director Martin Kinnear
What is our Diploma? Quite simply it’s the course I wished I could have signed up for when I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a professional oil painter.
It’s a structured oil painting course designed to teach you the skills you need to develop and express your own creativity. It’s about thinking. about painting and about making changes for the better
Did I mention self confidence? Well it’s that too, our Diploma courses also encourage you to think deeply about your Art and learn to present it (and you) in a credible way.
I think it’s the best painting course you’ll find and because of that it’s important that we find the best students. Painters with potential – (although they can’t often see it ), open minds and a willingness to get involved and embrace new ideas.
For all of these reasons the Diploma is a selective course, so if you’d like to take part then read on before dropping me a line for a chat about your work and what kind of painter you want to become.
How it works with you
Make no mistake about it, the Diploma is a big course, but it’s also designed to work around your family and work commitments.
The course runs over a year, during which you’ll attend nine residential workshops in Norfolk and be set a few hours of independent painting to do each month – although most students do as much as they possibly can.
‘A few hours’ means two paintings by the way – one based upon the skills I taught you in the last workshop, plus a second original piece using the ideas you drew from it.
Practical workshops lie at the heart of the Diploma, each month you’ll be presented with a theme such as ‘How to paint light’ backed up by hands on technical session, Art Historical context and have group moderation of your works
Group sessions are key to your personal creative progress and run parallel with any group study I set. At each session we’ll discuss how the last workshop has fed into your personal style. Some of the skills you learn will be merely interesting, but others will transform your thinking, and change your style.
Technical study sessions ensure that you build up a set of practical skills: Gesso, Grisaille. Ébauche. Imprimatura, Camïeau, will become practical skills you can call upon not just jargon.
Apart from the painting you’ll get involved with everybody else in the group via our online Diploma Forum, where you’ll find set topics as diverse as comparing Mondrian and Matisse or find technical resources on glazing or gesso.
Diploma 8 starting January 2018 : Full
Diploma 9 starting February 2018: Full
Diploma 10 starting May 2018: Full
Diploma 11 starting January 2019: Interviews being conducted now , please contact Jane at the school for more details .
• Three days residential workshop in Norfolk per month, over nine months designed for fitting serious art study around work and family commitments
• Three trimesters which build upon each other from Technical Skills to Aesthetics and Creative Development
• Features a fully structured and moderated home study program, which builds month by month and workshop by workshop
• Accommodation included, plus all the specialist materials you need for workshop days
• Open to non students who display the potential to succeed
• Call or email for a free prospectus and a chat about your ambitions