Contemporary still life
Contemporary still life. Explore ways of creating the pictures you want. Gain control of how you use your page and be inspired, not restricted, by what you see in front of you.
Working from still life objects you will be encouraged to rigorously re-imagine and re-interpret the display in creative and personal ways. The weekend involves a variety of exercises and techniques to enable you to free your approach and develop a personal response to the objects on display.
We will be working on still life images but what you learn can equally be used when creating landscapes or figurative work.
includes most materials
Day: Sat + Sun
Time: 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond
11-12 Nov 2017
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Essential items to bring
Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
Winsor & Newton, Medium Surface Cartridge Pad – A2, 220gsm -or-
Daler Rowney Fine Grain – heavy weight drawing pad – A2, 200gsm
Optional items to bring
Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
Wear old clothes or bring an apron
Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course
Sat: 10 – 4pm
Sun: 10 – 4pm
Tutor: Brian Raymond
Beginner, improver, intermediate, adults
Min 6 – Max 10
Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses,workshops and classes.
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What can I expect
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to involve yourself fully in the creative exercises and challenges during the weekend.
Loads of individual attention in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere with lots of 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.
Creativity and technical skills
The weekend involves a variety of exercises and projects that will enable you to develop both your technical and creative skills to ensure you leave inspired and able to continue developing your skills after the course.
Choose this course if you want to discover your own style, within a contemporary approach to still life drawing.
“Don’t hesitate to book it. You’ll meet all abilities there and Brian matches his approach to your skill level. All levels of experience are catered for in a welcoming and small group.”
“Very intense, but light-hearted – very focused. A good pace – gently challenged! I became more courageous.”
“Second day I felt locked unable to do anything and with help from Brian moved through it to complete a full picture.”
All too often we simply draw what we see in front of us rather than search for that personal viewpoint to make a drawing that expresses your ideas and unique view of the world. You will learn techniques that will help you ‘mix things up a bit’, and through a variety of drawing, painting and mixed media techniques create very personal responses to a variety of still life themes. By the end of the 2-days you will have learnt a variety of techniques and have taken a significant step towards finding your own voice as an artist.
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The course begins by looking at other artists still life drawings and paintings. Through talking about the art works we will begin to learn how other artists create unique looking images. You will then work through a creative process to enable you to discover unexpected ways of ‘seeing’ the still life in the centre of the studio. This process will result in a completed mixed media drawing by the end of the day – that will capture a unique version of the real thing!
How do we find the artist’s voice within, that will enable us to express our own unique view of the world? Today we will look a little deeper to find ways of making images that are highly expressive and personal. I will encourage you to create drawings that express more about how you feel than describe the still life you are drawing. This process will culminate in a drawing that represents the beginnings of a journey that, over time, will ultimately enable you to find your own unique artists voice.
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“A very enjoyable experience where I learned so much. Brian is a great tutor and the environment is inspiring. I’ve learnt how to structure drawings but also how to find my own style.”
“Extremely informative and challenging. The textures exercise was particularly good fun.