Winner of a BBC art exhibition will present a painting challenge in Halifax

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Suman Kaur, who was crowned winner of the exhibition in 2017, works with Artworks, a Halifax-based art school, gallery and artist studios, to deliver the six-week course designed to help participants develop their painting skills.

From October 31, the course will offer a new challenge each week, including still lifes, portraits, landscapes and life drawings.

Suman will also be offering a unique life drawing workshop on November 5 which will focus on the drapery of clothing over the human figure, rather than the naked form.

Souman Kaur

Suman, a Leeds-based artist, specializes in portraiture and figurative work. Along with winning the Big Painting Challenge, she is also a Royal Scholar under the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and her works have featured in numerous exhibitions including the Sunday Times Watercolor Competition, Patchings Art Festival and Cass Art – Artist of the Year Exhibition. She has also had works acquired permanently by Leeds art galleries and museums.

Artist Suman Kaur said, “I am thrilled to be working with Artworks to offer this exciting new painting course. My experience on The Big Painting Challenge has changed my life. The support and feedback I received throughout my journey on the show has really helped me develop my skills and confidence and take my painting to the next level. I look forward to helping others discover the joy of painting and develop their own style through this course.

Artworks is also known as “The Everybody School of Art” because of its philosophy of being inclusive regardless of a person’s age, background or ability. The organization offers a diverse program of classes and workshops throughout the year to enable people from all walks of life to experience the benefits of art and creativity.

Artwork Director Lauren Iredale said, “We are thrilled to welcome the fantastic Suman to our team of artist educators. This painting challenge is the perfect addition to our existing program of classes and workshops.

“Students can have fun with the themed challenges in a relaxed and supportive environment while being able to draw on Suman’s expertise to further develop their painting skills. We look forward to seeing how our students will thrive under his tutelage.

Places for Suman’s 6-Week Painting Challenge and Drapery One-of-a-Kind Life Drawing Workshop are now available to book on the Artworks website: www.theartworks.org.uk

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