Aviation Art Workshop – How to paint aeroplanes

23 April 2022

Get creative! Aviation Art in a unique setting – join us for our Aviation Art Workshop at the RAF Museum Cosford!

The RAF Museum Cosford has partnered up with the Guild of Aviation Artists to deliver this full-day course for keen amateurs of every level to enhance your painting skills.

This hands-on course will give you the opportunity to learn more about brush techniques, paint application and composition. The course will be delivered by Nigel Morris, an artist, graphic designer, illustrator and lecturer in art and design.

The Guild of Aviation Artists

Nigel is an experienced member of the Guild of Aviation Artists that is recognised throughout the world as the premier society for the promotion of aviation art. With some 400 members, the Guild brings together the worlds of art and aviation and stages exhibitions and events across the UK.

The Guild’s principal aim is to promote aviation art in all its forms and to encourage interest in the genre by artists and non-artists alike.

Who can attend?

The workshop is aimed at keen amateurs over 18 years old with a basic knowledge of perspective, composition and painting. No experience in aviation art required. You are required to provide your own equipment, but you are free to choose your preferred medium – watercolour, oil, or alkyd oil, or acrylic paint.

You don’t have to be an expert – Members of the Guild are there to support.

Course content

The course will cover a demonstration in either watercolour or oil – focussing on the aspects of composition, mixing and application of colours and the creation of a feeling of movement.

After observing the demonstration, the attendees will start to create their own paintings in one of our Hangars. A maximum size of 12 x 16 inches is suggested. The tutor and other members of the Guild will support the attendees along the way and will give suggestions on choice of viewpoint, colours, brushes as well as the technical aspects of painting aircraft.

The course finishes with an evaluation and feedback session. This will allow the attendees to receive constructive feedback on the day’s work.

A lunch break will be scheduled.

The demonstration, drawing/sketching and feedback session will take place in one of our Hangars. The Museum will be open to the public between 10:00 and 17:00.

Event Timings
  • Arrival, briefing and welcome – 10:00
  • Demonstration Start – 10:30
  • Painting in one of the Hangars – 11:30
  • Lunch – 12.30pm – 13:30
  • Painting in one of the Hangars – 13:30
  • Feedback session – 15:30
  • Event closes – 16:30
Tickets

Tickets cost £45.00 per person (including parking).

Places are limited to 15 per course and tickets must be purchased in advance.

If you prefer drawing or sketching, why not attend the workshop ‘How to draw aeroplanes’ instead, which is being held on the same day. Find out more here.

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Suggested equipment

Attendees should bring the following equipment:

  • Suitable clothing for painting
  • Folding seat/stool
  • Kitchen roll
  • Jar(s) for water, brush cleaner etc.
  • Easel or drawing board
  • If you paint with watercolour:
    • Pencils: B, HB, and/or Sanguine
    • Paints: Tubes or half pan cakes. Colours: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Payne’s Grey, Hookers Green(Dark), or Viridian Green, Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow.
    • Brushes: Prolene Pro Arte Rounds 1,3,5,7,10,12,Flat ¼ inch
    • Paper: Langdon or Bockingford 140lb size 16 x 12 inches
    • Palette: Purpose made palette or a white dinner plate or tray.
    • Other: Masking tape roll (1 inch width)
  • If you paint with oil or alkyd oil
    • Pencils: B or Sanguine
    • Paints: Winsor & Newton or Daler-Rowney. Colours: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Payne’s Grey, Hookers Green(Dark), or Viridian Green, Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Titanium White
    • Brushes: Prolene Pro Arte Nylon – Rounds Nos. 1 & 3 and  Flats Nos 2,4,8 & 10
    • Canvas: 16 x 12-inch canvas board primed for oils
    • Palette: Purpose made palette or a white dinner plate / tray, or paper palette
    • Other: Liquin, Turps, Brush Cleaner, dippers for turps and/or Liquin, easel or drawing board larger than the canvas board for support
  • If you paint with acrylic paint
    • Pencils: B or Sanguine
    • Paints: Tubes of System 3 or Galeria Acrylic colours. Colours: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Payne’s Grey, Hookers Green(Dark), or Viridian Green, Sap Green, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Titanium White
    • Brushes: Prolene Pro Arte Nylon – Rounds Nos. 1 & 3 and  Flats Nos 2,4,8 & 10
    • Canvas:16 x 12-inch canvas board primed for acrylics and oils
    • Palette: Purpose made ‘Stay Wet’ palette or a decorator’s roller tray with ‘Stay Wet’ paper sheets.
    • Other: Easel or drawing board larger than the canvas board for support
Covid-19 update

The event will be run in line with the latest advice from the Government and Public Health Bodies. A number of precautions will be in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff. These measures* include but are not limited to:

  • Controlled the capacity for each event to limit the number of participants so that physical distancing can be observed
  • A Covid-19 cleaning programme throughout the site to control the likelihood of cross contamination.
  • Installation of hand sanitiser points throughout to the Museum in addition to the available hand washing facilities in toilets.
  • Closed off areas or routes which we cannot effectively control
  • Wearing face covering is mandatory for the duration of the event inside of buildings.

Find more information about the event and our measures to mitigate the risks of Covid-19 in our FAQs.

 * Measures may be subject to change

More information

For further details, please read our FAQs, for any questions not answered in the FAQs, please email whatson-cosford@rafmuseum.org.

 


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