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When I started teaching in the 80’s I decided my approach would be to teach the things that had fundamentally benefited my own work. My Foundation course is therefore designed to introduce students to what I consider to be the essential basics while at the same time allowing students to develop their own style.

Not only do I consider drawing to be the basis of painting but they are essentially the same. My approach to teaching is not about learning techniques and then applying them or that painting is about drawing and then filling in. I believe that people are innately creative but this aspect has not been nurtured and therefore forgotten. By challenging preconceived ideas and one’s approach I help students to realise and reconnect with their creative side. It is after all not what you see but how you see it.

Foundation Painting with Jon Ellis / Develop expression in your painting with Jon Elis