What could be more lovely than to sit by a river and draw? And what could be more frustrating?
Learn through experiments and new techniques, how to approach a river drawing and overcome these frustrations.
The beautiful chalk stream that runs through the villages of Barton Stacey and Newton Stacey is the Test. Its glories inspire fishermen and artists alike. The Riverside Yurt Café is in a meadow, by the river and will be our base for a morning drawing workshop.
Spend a morning by the river exploring different drawing techniques. You will be looking at Van Gogh’s mark making and experimenting with marks of your own. Working in charcoal, pencil, pen and ink and graphite you will try to capture something of the magic of the river and its environment. For more information have a look under ‘courses’ or click this link Drawing By the River
This workshop is appropriate for all standards.
£35/ morning. To include regular tea and coffee.
The café serves delicious cakes to tempt you if you wish to purchase them on the day
Don’t get stuck doing the same thing time and time again.
Do you remember the pleasure of cutting and sticking, snowflakes made out of newspaper, papier mache masks, wax crayons stacked up layer upon layer, doodling, squashing paint between bits of paper to make strange shapes? All these wonderful physical and visual pleasures that we rarely indulge in as adults. Art Draw Paint hopes to capture that pleasure and excitement, and to encourage method and rigour at the same time.
experiment, explore, discover, play and enjoy
This course, starting at the end of September, will introduce you to tone, mark making, the importance of line, composition and colour using pencil, graphite, ink, charcoal, a bit of printmaking, mixed media, watercolour, gouache, felt tips,coloured crayons, dye paints, acrylic, and anything else that comes up.
Monday mornings 9.30am – 1.00pm
Starting Monday, 28th September 2015, and each monday until 14th December, except 2nd and 9th November for half term.
10 weeks of classes – £325, or half a term at £180
It will be a busy term learning new techniques and re-visiting methods you may not have used for some time.
This course would be suitable for beginners, the rusty, or those of you who want to try something different with their art.
You will cover the basics and a lot more. At the end of the term you should feel confident enough to have a go at anything, and want to do more. I will provide some of the materials needed, and ask you to get some things for yourself. I will suggest homework for anyone that wishes to do it.
If you want to join this trip tomorrow please meet at the exhibition desk at 11.50am.
You will be given a guided viewing of drawings by great British artists from Gainsborough to Hockney, followed by a chance to draw in the museum’s cast room. These guided tours offer a fascinating insight into the exhibition and are well worth having.
Tuesday, 23rd June 2015
11.50am at the Museum (timed entrance to exhibition) – 4.30pm
£25 (to include entrance to exhibition, and guided tour, and discount in the museum shop)
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has an exhibition of their fabulous collection of British drawings and watercolours – one of the largest and most important in the world.
Samuel Palmer (1805–81): The valley thick with corn
Great British Drawings shows more than one hundred works by some of the country’s greatest artists, from famous watercolours by Gainsborough and Turner, to the outstanding draughtsmanship of Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt, to 20th-century works by David Hockney, Gwen John and Walter Sickert.
Once you have been around this exhibition we will go to the cast room, downstairs in the museum. You will draw the statues using some of the artists’ techniques seen in the show.
You will need to bring a Sketchbook and dry drawing materials. There are some portable stools provided by the museum.
It is holiday time of year – Packing is an art form – I ALWAYS take too many things with me on holiday.
When I go on holiday I have plans, aspirations, good intentions, and hopes – I’m sure you know what I mean. I used to pack accordingly, and on arrival I was almost too scared to open my very heavy art bag.
This does not need to happen. Less is more, as always.
List of Five Essential Items
1 sketchbook, no bigger than A4 (possibly a handbag size one as well but you will NEVER use both)
1 roll masking tape (small)
2 x Faber Castell thick pencils, 3B and 7B, 2 x diposable WH Smith retractable pencils with rubbers on the end
2 black waterproof pens of different thicknesses
1 set KohiNoor soluble dyes and a medium size watercolour brush
You could mistakenly call that a list of 10 items. I think we can stretch the point.
1. The Sketchbook
I always plan to do major things on holiday so imagine I need a huge pad. This is unnecessary. If the size of sketchbook is not big enough for a picture stick two pieces together with masking tape on the reverse side. Thus any size sheet is possible.
You can add another sketch book, but I bet you don’t use it. You can take expensive watercolour paper, but that can be too frightening to touch. Stick with one.
2. The Roll of Masking tape
See above. Don’t get a huge roll – no point and it gets in the way.
3. The Pencils
As with everything else, it is tempting to take too many, ‘just in case…’
My favourite drawing pencil would be a combination of very fine retractable HB and thick, dark, soft 3B and 7B. I always choose an odd number ‘B’. Faber Castell do a set of jumbo pencils, so choose what you like from these.
I would like to be clever about disposable retractable pencils but I always buy mine from WH Smiths. They are very cheap and effective, come in a large pack and have good rubbers on the end. I like the neatness of the rubbers – you are not tempted to rub out large errors, but you can fiddle with small ones.
4. The Pens
I was going to suggest a pack of Staedtler Pigment Liner Set of 6 Black but when I went on the Cass Art website to get a link there were so many sets of interesting pens I feel you should decide for yourself. Do look at the pigment liners – they are excellent, different thicknesses and do the job. Don’t take more than two.
I used to recommend Caran d’Ache Neoart water soluble wax pastel. These are water soluble highly pigmented wax pastels which can be used either wet or dry. I still use them regularly, but I find they get a bit sticky if you take them somewhere hot. Fine in a cold country.