We seek to promote the visual arts in our community and contribute to local educational efforts by making our art workshops an exciting, fun place where established professionals will teach to high standards and so educate by promoting the visual arts and widening the understanding and importance of Art to all aspects of the community: children, youths and adults.
We are planning Family Art Sundays once a month, weekly regular classes as well as an exciting program of 5-week or 10-week art-classes.
We want to become a centre for the Arts and Art training as well as a place to meet and create new ideas.
Ken Banfield – Life drawing teacher & artist
Rosie Birtwhistle – Artist – www.omniart.org.uk
Claire Buckley – Textile designer-maker
Gill Bustamante BA – Artist – website
Vanessa Dell – Visual artist – www.vanessadell.co.uk
Rona Hawes – Jeweller – www.bournestringing.co.uk
Ciara Healy – Bookbinder – www.ciarahealy.com
Cathryn Kemp – Artist – www.cathrynkemp.com
Helen Morris-Clark – Jeweller – www.snowjewels.co.uk
Eli Ofir – Artist – www.homeportraits4u.co.uk
Joaquina (Jo) Pereira – Millinery, London – www.azulfeather.com
Sarah Pimenta – Textile designer and Print maker
Steffi Pusch – Photographer – www.steffipusch.com
Naomi Wirthner – Ceramisist
One Weekend Masterclass:
Pen & Pencil Techniques
with artist Eli Ofir
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July 10am-3pm
Including a few outings
This course will take students through these topics:
Pencil: different types (3A, 5B, 9B…), handling techniques, erasing, smudging.
Pen & Ink: initial steps, advance techniques, filling in, detail drawing.
Shading: light source, angles, effects, contrasts, soft pencil over pen.
Perspective & Composition: the basic rules, several vanishing points, perspective in circles, shading-perspective, choosing the best angle based on light, perspective and details.
Landscape & Still life: houses, trees, gardens, still objects.
This course is designed for all artists, painters, sculptors and anyone who has drawing skills. (so not suitable for beginners).
Eli Ofir is a full-time artist specializing in detailed black and white portraits of houses and landscapes and surrreal scenes.
10 weeks watercolor course with Gil Bustamante
Starting Wed the 21st of September
7pm to 9pm
To give every student more technical skill and confidence in painting so that they will produce work they will be proud of! THE COURSE WILL SUIT BEGINNERS AND ABOVE AS PROJECTS WILL BE DEMONSTRATED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH LESSON SO ANYONE CAN JOIN IN – NO MATTER WHAT LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE THEY ALREADY HAVE (OR DON’T HAVE) IN WATERCOLOURS.
METHOD OF TEACHING:
Lots of demonstrations will be done by tutor either with the whole class or for individuals. Lessons will be mostly group projects which cover the skills outlined below. However, students also have the option to get on with own projects if they wish to.
1) Tricks – (i.e. different techniques to experiment with as often seen on ‘Watercolour Challenge!)
2) Washes – wetting paper before applying paint or using very dilute paint – particularly as applies to painting skies.
3) Lifting colour – removing dry paint to soften and create highlights etc.
4) Stippling – dabbing paint on to paper with different types of brushes to create foliage and other effects.
5) Blending – ways of softening hard edges.
6) Colour mixing colour
7) Creating depth.
8) Light & Shade – use of tone to make pictures look three dimensional.
9) Glazing – applying diluted pigments over dry layers of pigment to create different effect.
10) All of the above as applied to the subjects students themselves wish to paint. – ie oil, pastels, charcoals etc
Note: It is a good idea to start collecting photographs of things you would like paint. Try not to pick paintings by other people as all you will learn by doing this is how that person paints. A photograph is better as you can take the information you want from it and interpret it in your own way. The exception is when you are doing exercises from a ‘how to’ book. Some students like to bring these to lessons and this is encouraged also.
with artist Cathryn Kemp
Saturday 24th September time tbc
Using simple line and-mark-making tools, you will discover simple but effective ways to enhance your art practice if you are already an artist or just experience the joy of creating if not.
This course is designed for all levels and abilities. You will learn how drawing can embody texture, form, movement and mood, exploring the potential of line-making.
You will learn practical printing and mixed-media techniques in a relaxed, friendly workshop with practising artist, Cathryn Kemp.