Online courses are taught using Zoom and WhatsApp.

On the Shoulders of Giants

This is an ongoing online series. Various contemporary artists talk about an artist who has influenced their work. There will be a demonstration that leads to new work.

How it Works

  • Before the course begins you will be given a ZOOM invitation. This will be used each time you access zoom throughout the course.
  • You will be given information about a still life set up, or a picture to print off to work from. Please make sure this is ready before the class starts.
  • The demonstrations are recorded and you will be given access to the YouTube video soon after the two hours are completed.
  • At 10.00 we start with a two hour demonstration and talk, explanations about technique, which materials, references of interest and anything else that is relevant.
  • The students watch but are on mute, and with the videos of themselves turned off. This seems to make for the best quality zoom experience.
  • Any questions for the tutors are filtered through the ‘chat’ bit of ZOOM. Kate acts as the go-between and either answers the question directly to ‘chat’, or asks the tutor. The tutors are able to concentrate on their demos without too many interruptions, and their chat with Kate means they don’t feel isolated in their own studios but very much part of the class.
  • There is a brief break at 11.00 and we start again at about 11.10. The demonstration continues until 12.00. The students are encouraged to ask questions – everyone benefits from the answers
  • Those students who want to return for a crit are given a time from 16.00 onwards. They talk directly to the tutor. Others can watch but only the student in the crit can talk.
  • You will be asked for a mobile number so you can become part of a WhatsApp group. The purpose of the group is to share useful information and to show the Tutor your work for the afternoon crit. Although it can become quite social we would appreciate it if students ONLY show work relevant to the class. Some less experienced students can find this intimidating – please be aware of this and restrict the number of pictures you share with the group (max 2 per class unless told otherwise). Good advice would be to turn off the alerts for the group so your phone doesn’t irritate you at all times of day and night.
  • Crits are not recorded
  • Tutors will suggest work to be done by the following class.

Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class WhatsApp message board.