Mid-August update

August 16, 2012

Summer holidays

I am lucky enough to have my children at home with me during the summer holidays. This means a change of pace: There are still plenty of sketching opportunites, but it is less easy to focus on completing any large-scale work. Blog posts cannot come so thick and fast, and there has been a little break in the art classes.

However, plenty of further classes are planned. Some still have the odd place available. Please check below, follow the links, and get in touch if you are interested. To contact me, click “contact” at the top of the page and then complete the contact form.

Daytime art classes on Fridays for those with previous drawing experience

These run on Fridays during the day. Where places are still available, sessions can be booked individually. We focus on a specific topic at each class. There is plenty of discussion and opportunity to bounce ideas off one another as well as the chance to get on with drawing during these two-hour sessions.

All find inspiration here, from those who are still working on the basic techniques right up to very experienced artists.

Above: Pissarro “The Garden at Pontoise”, 1875

Some sessions are fully booked but there is space on others. In particular, would you like to join the workshop on August 24th  entitled “How to fit people in to landscapes”? We shall be looking at how to size and position figures within a landscape, and techniques for drawing and painting distant figures convincingly.

For a full list of sessions, dates and prices, click here.


Daytime starter art sessions on Thursdays for beginners

These classes are planned for a group of six adults who wish to get confident in basic art skills, from correct pencil techniques to colour wheels and tones. I am aiming these sessions at people who would love to learn how to create artwork for their own wall, or for friends and family.

Classes are to run about every fortnight from September to early December and are bookable either individually or, to save money, as a block.

If you are interested then please get in touch as soon as possible. I am arranging a late August tea party for everyone who is interested in starter art sessions here. This will be a good opportunity for us all to meet one another, discuss which topics to cover, and to check our diaries before dates and times are finalised. To get in touch for further details, please click here.


Horse drawing classes (equestrian life drawing)

The next horse drawing workshop is booked for 30th September. This will be held at Standon Green End and, once again, the horse(s) will be held still while people draw them. Places are available but are going fast.


For further details about the upcoming session, please click here.

To contact me with questions or to request a booking form, please click here.

For a write-up (with pictures) from our May 2012 equestrian life drawing session, please click here.


Watch this space for more blog posts

My next blog post will give you some hints and tips on life drawing (useful if drawing either people or animals). To start with, I shall be looking at how to judge slopes and angles, whether the angle of a foreshortened figure or the tilt of an outflung arm.

I have also been asked to create a post on how to draw horse eyes. What a fascinating subject! I shall come up with some ideas and get that one online within the next few weeks.

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