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Imagination In Painting

Imagination In Painting

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Ewa Gargulinska


A series of visual exercises that will inspire you to liberate your creative potential. Their experimental nature will enable you to develop your technique and manage colour and composition in a personal way as a part of the visual process of expressing imagination.

Ewa Gargulinska uses imagination extensively in her paintings. She will teach you how to find inspiration and use creative thinking through the medium of painting.

Topics covered

There will be an initial introductory talk and an interactive group workshop. They will prepare the ground for access to the world of the creative mind using text, sound, colour, music and acting.

The exercises will be given daily with a key word to which you'll respond spontaneously with your individual ideas and free associations.

Rather than limiting yourself to automatic responses and predictable solutions, you'll learn how to use creative intelligence to see and respond uniquely to stimuli.

You'll understand in practice the elements involved in the creative process - vision, intuition, imagination and technique - and what it takes to be an artist.

You'll gain the confidence to apply your awakened imagination into other areas of your life: to practice mindfulness, fully appreciate vision stimulus, and to explore the joy of imaginative thinking.

Who should take this course?

Anyone interested in knowing how to awaken their imagination and to express it visually.

Entry requirements: None

Level: All levels

Read more about this course on the CSM Short Course blog

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.


Please bring with you to the first session:


FLAT 3" wide from hog bristle

FLAT 2" wide from hog bristle

FLAT 2" wide from nylon

(all rather short than long - 1.5" to 2" long approximately)

FAN BRUSH approximately 1" wide FOR GLAZING



Brown Madder or Raw Umber

Indigo or Prussian Blue

Alizarin Crimson

Indian Red

Lemon Yellow

Cadmium Red

Sap Green

Viridian Green

Cerulean Blue


Zinc White

Ivory Black

Acrylic Medium


A Flat Large Plastic or Wooden Palette

Palette Knife - Heart Shaped

Baby Wipes - No Fragrance

Jars for Water


Available dates