skip to main content
Expressive Painting

Expressive Painting

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Ewa Gargulinska, Guy Noble


Using painting as a medium, you will experience the limitless creative power of self expression. The teaching method is structured around visual exercises in response to a theme. They will accelerate your understanding of essential elements in the creative process. Imagination, intuition, freedom and spontaneity are essential in the development of visual expression.

Topics covered

  • Students will learn composition, texture and value of colour in abstract, figurative and surreal forms.
  • Daily exercises are designed to release student's' potential by establishing an independent vision.
  • There will be a demonstration of techniques relating to surface, texture, depth and use of colour.

On completion of the course you will be able to recognise your creative strength, sustain concentration, trust your vision and express your imagination with confidence, through technique, form, and colour. You will be able to unlock and connect to the creative power of your mind.

Who should take this course?

The course is open to students at all levels

Entry requirements: None

Expressive Painting: 05/08/2019 - 09/08/2019Please note, Guy Noble will be the tutor on this class


Read more about this course on the CSM Short Course blog

If you are looking for a similar course to progress to: Imagination In Painting is a prefect companion course to Expressive Painting

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Ewa Gargulinska is an internationally recognised Polish artist and lecturer from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her private collectors include Arthur Sackler (founder of the new wings to the Royal Academy in London and Metropolitan Museum in New York), Jeremy Irons and Vernon Ellis, chairman of English National Opera.

Guy Noble is an experienced tutor and a practising artist who has exhibited internationally. He studied at the Byam Shaw, Spain and Italy. Guy teaches a number of painting and drawing courses at Central Saint Martins, including Abstraction Painting, Painting and Personal Inspiration and Introduction to Drawing. You can check his website at


Material supplied by us: specialist paper

Please bring with you to the first session:

A flat large plastic or wooden palette

A palette knife - heart shaped

Masking tape

Brushes (1.5" to 2" long):

  • flat 3" wide from hog bristle
  • flat 2" wide from hog bristle
  • flat 2" wide from nylon
  • fan brush for glazing, approximately 1" wide

Paints (acrylics by Widsor & Newton) :

  • Brown Madder or Raw Umber
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Indian Red
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Indigo or Prussian Blue
  • Cadmium Red
  • Sap Green
  • Viridian Green
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Ultramarine
  • Zinc White
  • Ivory Black
  • Acrylic Medium


  • a flat large plastic or wooden palette
  • palette knife - heart shaped
  • baby wipes with no fragance
  • jars for water
  • rags

Available dates