Workshop

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.

 

Workshops

 

Contributing Artists:

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.

 

Watercolour Course

 

10 weeks watercolor course with Gil Bustamante

Starting Wed the 21st of September

7pm to 9pm

 

COURSE PURPOSE:

 

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.

 

SKILLS COVERED:

 

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.

 

Print Workshop

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.