I had a wonderful time this weekend in a studio full of students looking to take their first steps in learning how to draw and to find out about using different drawing and painting materials. Always a lovely course to teach, this weekend was no exception. The group got on really well together so a lovely relaxed social atmosphere dominated the weekend with lots of chatting and sharing of drawings. Gerry summed up the weekend as, “Relaxed, encouraging environment.” and David found the weekend, ” Relaxed and supportive but covered a great number of topics.” Read further to find out what the other students thought about their own experience. Read more
Brigid taught another of her well received acrylic painting courses for beginners and improvers. This was the hottest weekend in a decade and proved a little too much for our beloved Hope Mill – grade 2 listed textile mill – to cope with. Despite the heat Sandra’s thoughts about the course was, “Book it! F+Great weekend of learning and working. Good way to socialise with like minded people – learning and fun.” Maria considered her time over the weekend as, “very good. Enjoyable and constructive/instructive. Friendly, quality, approachable, professional – all good.”
We look forward to the next course in the Autumn – cooler weather – but with the same high quality of teaching. Well done Brigid for delivering another wonderful course.
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Another wonderful 6 evening sessions teaching about all the Art Elements of line, tone, colour, shape, form, texture and pattern. A true introduction – a beginners guide – to how all the Art Elements work giving students an insight into what they need to know about creating drawings and paintings. Angela thought the course was, “Brilliant – learnt a lot – Brian, a brilliant teacher made it simple to understand. Really enjoyed it – learnt in a very relaxed professional atmosphere.” Read further to find out what the other students thought. Read more
Another fabulous weekend in my studio teaching drawing and mixed media – doing what I love doing with a group of students looking to learn and enjoy themselves. Can’t beat it really!
Wonderful warm weather after an unprecedented heatwave but with 2 fans we managed to keep the studio cool so as not to overheat during what Julie described as, “a gentle but intense 2 days to explore technical drawing and experiment with more creative techniques [in a] lovely environment, safe space, unpressurised re-final accomplishments.” Alistair, who attended the course to improve his drawing before going to university next year, described the highlight of the course as, “The confidence it has given me.”
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Contemporary still life course diary 19-20 May 2018
We enjoyed a wonderful sunshine filled studio this weekend when a lovely group of students joined me in the studio to learn how to re-think still life drawing on the Contemporary still life course. Ability levels ranged from beginner to intermediate which brought a great mix of experience into the studio. Everyone shared their ideas and skills and students learnt a great deal, not just from me, but from each other as well. Saffia found the course, “Very positive – I would recommend the course to anyone considering it. Great, helpful teaching and a lot of interesting techniques and new ways of drawing learnt.”
Read further to find out what the other students thought about their experience on the Contemporary still life course. Read more
Mixed media: landscape course 5-6 May 2018
Over a bright sunny warm weekend in Manchester the studio was buzzing with students experimenting with old and new ways of creating visual and tactile textures in their drawings and paintings using mixed media techniques – along with an abundance of imagination. Cathy described her experience as, “A great exploration of texture. Excellent way to unleash/re-kindle creativity.” She also thought that the studio was a, “great venue, excellent teacher, not too crowded”. Read further to find out what the other students thought about their 2 days playing and experimenting with using mixed media textures to create imaginative landscapes. Read more
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YOUTH-TEENAGE ART CLASS DIARY- 29 April 2018
We enjoyed the 2nd of our Youth-teenage art classes this weekend. After the snow last month that kept many away, the studio was quietly buzzing with anticipation from 6 eager students. Ages ranged from year 7 to year 10 students looking to learn something new and improve their drawing and painting – either for fun and relaxation or to help contribute towards their school grades. Eshita found the class “Unique, Fun and Relaxing” which I think is one of the benefits of attending a private art class where all the students are there because they love art. Students can learn and progress with lots of one to one support, away from the noise and distractions experienced in most school art classes.
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Begin to draw + paint course diary
The Begin to draw + paint weekend course last week was once again fully booked. It was a lovely group of students to teach who all got along well and supported each other in their learning. Lizzie considered the course to be “Amazing – awesome – informative – detailed.” She was also generous enough to leave the comment that, “Brian [me!] is very talented to cram such detailed descriptions into the lessons whilst managing a large group  of people and making it fun.” Sowhat did we get up to?
Day 1 of the weekend is the more technical day of the course with a lot of learning about perspective and methodology of drawing. Developing the right approach to how we start to draw is important and it was amazing seeing how adopting this approach immediately enabled people to draw more accurately. By the end of the day students had an excellent grounding in measuring techniques, perspective and how to approach drawings step by step. Also – most importantly of all – they understand that for all the technicality of drawing their individual creativity and personal style is MOST IMPORTANT of all!
Day 2 of the weekend is far more relaxed and fun and it focuses on playing with materials – not so that students can become experts in any of them but as a compare and contrast exercise and give students a chance to experience using materials some of them have not used before.
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youth-teenage Art Class diary- 18 March 2018
I was happy to see the very first Sunday art class for children and teenagers begin on 18 March 2018. We had been working really hard to get all the foundations prepared in time, so were a little taken aback when Greater Manchester found itself amidst one of the worst snow-days it has experienced in many a year.
Nevertheless we struggled on and stayed open for those students were lived close by and were able to make it in. So with a small class of students – we continued and I think, judging from the comments made by students – we all had a wonderful creative and enjoyable day together in our studio.
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Leonie thought these 3 words summed up her experience of the class: “experience, interesting and improving”. Read on for more student testimonials and discover what the others thought. Read more
Cityscapes: urban sketching course diary
We had a small group of students brave enough to venture out into the outside elements after a really cold spell over the previous few weeks. The weather held out for us and we managed to get out to visit a few locations in Ancoats and New Islington during the weekend. If there is one thing I’ve learnt about Manchester weather is to never put off what you want to do – either the weather won’t be as bad as the forecast suggests, or if it is – I have a wet weather plan for the course with plenty to do inside our amazing Hope Mill that will still offer students a brilliant weekend experience of urban sketching.
Ian, one of the students on this course says, ” Very interesting and informative. Plenty of different techniques [to learn]. ” And if it had rained all weekend – we would have learnt even more creative and fun techniques for students to use when they go out into the city environment to draw and sketch. But what did the other students think? Read on… Read more