Organised Chaos: Painting workshop with OSE Associate Kieran Rook


11AM – 4PM

OPEN SCHOOL EAST – 39 Hawley Square, Margate CT9 1NZ

Join OSE Associate Kieran Rook for a painting workshop that explores several unconventional techniques of oil painting and oil pastels. 

The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the methods behind these techniques, followed by a series of drawing exercises to inspire creativity. The first half of the day will focus on creating ‘chaos’ through improvisational gestures of colour, which will serve as the foundation for the second half of the day when participants will use oil pastels to outline and emphasise the edges and details of their initial improvised paintings. After lunch, the workshop will delve into creating form and manipulating light within the compositions. The workshop will conclude with a final sharing and reflection session. 

Suitable for both beginners and experienced painters, oil and pastel will be provided. Participants will take home their own compositions as a keepsake.

This workshop is limited to 12 spaces – booking is requiredplease reserve a ticket here

Open School East is a charity that provides free & accessible opportunities for adults, young people and children to participate in the arts. We ask those that can to help support this year’s programme, and future public programmes, through a suggested donation of £5 per event. Your support goes a long way!

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OSE Public Programme 2022-23

This event is held as part of Open School East’s 2022-23 Associate-led Public Programme. This year’s Associate-led Public Programme responds to themes of social & ecological hybridity, as set out in the Associate’s first term curriculum entitled When The World Looks Back At You: about storytelling, ecology and the weird led by artist Saelia Aparicio. Through explorations of the voice, the body and sensitive connections with natural and man-made networks that unite the world around us, the Associate-led Public Programme looks to and explores creativity and collectivity in green spaces.

This year we’re excited to announce our partnership with Turner Contemporary, who are generously hosting part of the public programme. 

Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Founded to celebrate JMW Turner’s connection to Margate in 2001, the David Chipperfield designed gallery opened in 2011. Turner Contemporarys work extends beyond showcasing world-class exhibitions, to driving the social and economic regeneration of Margate and East Kent and transforming lives in one of the most deprived areas of the UK. Since it opened, Turner Contemporary has welcomed over 3.8 million visits, put over £70million back into the Kent economy and connected with thousands of people from the local community through our world class programme. 

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