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Maxine Relton RWA - Achieving Visual Impact

  • Clevedon School Sixth Form Centre Valley Road Clevedon BS21 6AH (map)

In brief: A look at the theory and practice of ways to create visually arresting images, applicable to any medium, subject matter or style.

How can you create visually arresting images? Are there ways of taking your inspiration and source material beyond the predictable, instilling dramatic effect so that your work stands out from the mainstream?

 There are many strategies to help achieve this, whatever your level of experience. This workshop is for all abilities and any medium, style or subject matter because these ideas are for all of us: compelling images are what every artist aspires to create. 

Maxine will touch on a dozen ways of heightening the visual impact of your work. She will demonstrate briefly some of these approaches, and in each case will guide through a short imaginative project for you to explore the effects for yourself. Factors considered include the influence of scale, tonal contrast, angle of viewpoint, movement, focal point, surface treatment and the particular use of tools and materials. 

This workshop aims to help you develop your inner eye, whatever your individual approach. More understanding and control over ways of visualising and presenting your subject enable you to express yourself with greater impact and confidence.



Maxine Relton is both representational and abstract in her approach and enjoys working across a range of disciplines, exploring her ideas through drawing, painting, print, photography and mixed media.  She has taught widely at all levels at home and abroad, runs a gallery of her own work beside her studio in Gloucestershire and is an elected Academician at the Royal West of England Academy. She has been leading sketching tours to India for the past 10 years, and now also to Morocco.