L’Age Baston Painting Tutor Jenny Halstead

Dates: 8th August & 19th September

L'Age Baston Painting Tutor Jenny HalsteadI am an enthusiastic professional artist and enjoy teaching and this will be my 10th year at L’Age Baston. I invite you to join me on a structured week of tuition for both beginners and more experienced students. The aim is to consolidate basic observational skills while moving you on into developing new areas.

We will start with sketchbook work, using pen and wash, then pen and watercolour. You will have primary tonal studies as well as perspective and composition and take in a figure drawing and portrait study session. I will also teach a specialised session on working with pastels. We paint outside as much as possible using your preferred medium so making this a full and exciting week.

After studying Art & Design at Sutton and Cheam School of Art, I won a Guest Scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools while training in Medical Art at the Central Middlesex Hospital in London. I then worked in various teaching hospitals as a Medical Illustrator attached to medical and surgical units and anatomy departments. I went freelance and successfully expanded my illustrative work into scientific and natural history. I worked in partnership with my late husband, who was a paleontologist; together we produced numerous books, many on dinosaurs including a series for children.

I returned a decade ago to the freedom of fine art from the discipline of medical illustration. My first love is still drawing, which I believe is fundamental to all art forms. I now have an added fascination for form and colour in figure and landscape and their interaction with light both in nature as well as in man-made environments. I rediscovered a range of media from oil, watercolour, acrylic and pastel to mono-print, which has opened up many new and exciting avenues of exploration.

I currently teach drawing and painting both abroad and in the UK and am an elected Member of the Pastel Society (UK). I established, co-ordinate and exhibit in the Whiteknights Studio Trail, an annual event of artists’ open studios in Reading.

I’ve been Artist in Residence in the Harris Garden, University of Reading which resulted in an exhibition of the work produced and the publication of An Artist’s Year in the Harris Garden (Two Rivers Press 2013). This was followed by another Residency at Silchester: Life on the Dig (Two Rivers Press 201) and an exhibition recording the last year of the excavation Silchester Town Life Project (Calleva Atrebatum).

I am really looking forward to teaching again at L’Age Baston this summer and hope to meet you there. Let me be your perfect companion on an artistic journey, wherever you start from.