Kirkby Gallery Summer Art School

Explore Impressionism with our free online Kirkby Gallery Summer Art School. It ran every Wednesday over the Summer holidays, 22 July to 26 August, with weekly Impressionism-themed activities and information packs. You can still enjoy the course, which is in six modules below. There are no deadlines, external assessments or qualifications awarded, this is purely for you to expand your understanding and enjoyment of Impressionist artworks and to try their techniques for yourself.

Week One of the course is an introduction to Impressionism and focuses on getting back to basics with colour Click here for Week One’s activities

Week Two of the course begins to explore the painting techniques of the Impressionists Click here for Week Two’s Activities

Week Three of the course focuses on scumbling and impasto, techniques used by the Impressionists Click here for Week Three’s Activities

Week Four of the course focuses on smudging and cross-hatching, shading techniques used by the Impressionists Click here for Week Four’s Activities

Week Five of the course focuses on cast shadows and how the Impressionists captured movement Click here for Week Five’s Activities

Week Six of the course is the last part of the Impressionism-themed course, looking more into capturing “action poses”, open and closed composition. The final challenge is to create two different Impressionist masterpieces of your own Click here for Week Six’s Activities