The only limit is your imagination.
A fantastically creative course which combines the chance to make art using a variety of materials and techniques and the opportunity to cross over into craft and design, using both traditional and new methods.
Try something new – no previous experience necessary – and you will definitely complete the course buzzing with new ideas full of enthusiasm for your next project!
This is your weekly opportunity to experiment and have a go in a friendly and supportive art group, everyone is welcome – beginners and more experienced artists alike.
The workshop leader Claire Jeanes has a BA(hons) in Graphic Design, with a specialism in illustration. She is also a qualified teacher so will be able to give you lots of suggestions and helpful guidance. “I’ve learnt more in the first 10 minutes of this class than I have ever done, it’s great to be shown a variety of techniques that I can use again at home” – session participant
Please bring along a basic set of art materials to every session, Claire suggests:
- A watercolour pad
- A set of paints (watercolour, acrylic or gouache) and brushes (a fine brush and a wash brush)
- A drawing pencil (in the ‘B’ range)
- A sketching pen
Students may also like to consider bringing pastels, inks and coloured/watercolour pencils.
The room is laid out with tables and chairs so if you prefer to use an easel or drawing board please bring it along.
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Friday 3rd May: Pop up Cards. In this session Claire will teach you the basics behind creating your own 3D pop-up cards starting with simple tab methods and moving on to more complex forms. Find out the difference between your ‘valley’ and ‘mountain’ folds and choose the right kind of paper for each design. Templates are available but soon you will be designing your own unique cards for friends and family. Please bring thin card in a few colours and a scalpel. Please note this session will take place in the Westward Room.
Friday 10th May: Alternative Mark Making. Make your artwork more vibrant by experimenting with mark making and pattern. Using a variety of items either man made or natural to make interesting marks, Claire will demonstrate how these can be included in your own picture making. An experimental session to add another dimension to your artwork and craft. Bring along anything interesting you think could work.
Friday 17th May: Positive and negative drawing and painting. We will be looking at the shape of space around an object as an aid to drawing and painting accurately, depicting this either in a single colour or as a cut out. Please bring a scalpel and cutting mat if you have one.
Friday 24th May: Chinese painting. Learn how to paint in the traditional Chinese way and discover how to hold your brushes correctly, which subjects were permitted and the media used. If you have Chinese brushes, ink, water colour and rice paper, please bring them along, although normal brushes and watercolour paper can be used.
Friday 7th June: Making shadow boxes. Shadow box art consists of a deep frame into which you can attach treasured items, found objects or layer paper cut outs. It is like a window into another world. These frames can be bought or you might like to use a shallow box or deep lid of your own. Please bring your own small keepsakes and strong glue or glue gun. Please note this session will take place in the Studio.
Friday 14th June: Resist methods (candle wax and masking fluid) in water colour painting. With these techniques, you will learn a very effective way to preserve white paper or previous layers of pale colour, whilst applying washes. Please bring masking fluid and a wax candle along with your water colour paints, brushes and wash brushes.
Friday 21st June: Papier mache. An exciting variety of simple 3D models can be made using a balloon, wire or card for the underlying structure, covered with newspaper and wallpaper paste. Please bring a balloon, wire or card (and surgical gloves if you would like to protect your hands). Wallpaper paste and newspaper will be provided.
Friday 28th June: Oil painting. Have a go at oil painting. Some basic techniques will be taught, to get you started. Claire has oil paints, which you may use if you do not have your own and will bring some white spirit. If you prefer to use a different ‘solvent’, there are alternatives such as Turps, ‘Sans odor’, ‘Liquin’ and ‘Linseed oil’. You may use watercolour paper or a small canvas. Claire will provide some small painted boards if you would prefer them.
Friday 5th July: Making Inchies. These are miniature, 1 inch square works of art. You can use any medium including fabrics. Inchies are usually displayed together in groups of 3, 6, 9 or more and are linked by colour or theme. Claire will bring a variety of media, but come prepared if you have your own ideas.
Friday 12th July: Tissue paper art. We will be examining a variety of ways in which coloured tissue can be used in your art work to good effect. Please bring a small selection of colours. Some will be provided. You will also need brushes and coloured inks if you have them.
Friday 19th July: Natural history drawing and painting. Get back to observational basics with traditional drawing and painting of natural forms, such as shells, seed pods, cones, fossils and skulls. Bring along anything you have which is interesting along with your chosen medium.
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