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Outdoor Sketching Sessions: En Plein Air with Tom Stevenson – 3rd August

Aug 3, 2024   -   Aug 3, 2024


Tom Stevenson ROI is based in Devon where he works from life to create paintings that follow a path between figurative and abstract styles to explain the light and colour of his surroundings. 

In his paintings Tom relies upon the uncontrollability of oil as a medium to build a fresh and organic surface. He works from life and is drawn to subjects such as the coast, figures and the dramatic skies seen over the surrounding countryside.  

His work is underpinned by strong composition and is often constructed around a simple compositional idea or collection of colours which form the starting point and focus of the painting.

Tom is an elected member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI). He studied at Plymouth College of Art and Design, Bath School of Art and holds a degree in Fine Art from Exeter College of Art and Design.”

North Devon Arts artists are leading Saturday morning En Plein Air sketching sessions along the River Taw at Barnstaple, following in the footsteps of Turner, one of the nation’s favourite painters.

With his grandparents reputedly born in South Molton, Turner made various trips to North Devon, famously painting the River Taw at Barnstaple, where many of these riverscape scenes can still be recognised today! Stand where Turner did and sketch what he saw!

You can bring your own preferred materials and equipment, which could include: watercolours, small plastic water container, pen and inks, pencils, charcoal, sketchbook/paper, portable easel, etc. Or limited materials will be available if required.

Suitable from beginners to expert level. Children over 14, but must be accompanied by an adult. Max: 15 people per session.

Wear suitable clothing for getting messy and for the riverside as it can get chilly.

10am – 12.30pm (meet in Museum Reception 10am)
Visit Turner Exhibition in Gallery
Walk to Rock Park Riverside to Paint & Sketch


To learn more about Tom Stevenson, the artist leading this En Plein Air outdoor sketching session, visit the artist’s website at https://tpstevenson.co.uk/

For information about North Devon Arts, visit: www.northdevonarts.co.uk

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