“Very enjoyable though challenging at times. Hadn’t realised it would be so radical.”
A wonderful summer course with early evening sunshine streaming through the windows – always makes such a difference. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching this course with the studio full of students yearning to find a new approach to drawing and perception. I know some sessions presented challenging new ideas for some, but with the right support and encouragement and using the drawing exercises as a way of developing understanding of the new concepts everyone took on board the ideas. It was lovely seeing students’ drawings transform and evolve over the 6 weeks.
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“The course has been life changing. I have found a different way of seeing and found a new hobby. [I have learnt that] seeing the object, the space around it and then staying really close to it (almost merging with it) as you express what you see in your unique way. [My course highlight has been] literally the whole thing. I loved the Heather [Spears] quotations. I wanted to explore how to perceive in a different way and let that creativity flow. Fully met [my expectations]!!”
“Made me think outside of the box that I had created for myself during my art experience. Was quite freeing – a whole new experience. Learnt to see the object differently with more tone and depth and to observe the space better. Also learnt to ‘let go’ a bit more. It has met my expectations. I wanted to immerse myself into an ‘artistic experience’. It was enjoyable, informative and a good way to spend a Thursday evening.”
“I would say [the course was] thought provoking but I’m trying to experience, not think!! I’ve gained a much better feel for volume and three dimensionality. [My course highlight was] experiencing the flow of the plants. I thought I would learn better line drawing but I learnt how little the line matters, but how important it can be in the right place.
“Very enjoyable though challenging at times, but I learnt a lot being pushed (gently) out of my comfort zone. Most of all I learnt to pause for longer before starting any art, and more often during the process to consider what I was really trying to achieve, to remember the different approaches to be more expressive. More than met my expectations. Hadn’t realised it would be so radical.”
“Gentle art instruction that really gets you thinking. Thinking of energy on the page emanating from the mass of objects and their interaction with space + objects around them instead of focusing on outlines. [My course highlight was] the end results! It was different to some of the other courses, harder to get my head around what was required. Maybe I was tired. But it was good, just harder work!”
“The course taught me a completely different way to draw which I found frustrating at first but as it progressed it all came together. Learning to draw from the inside out! Over time I came to understand how this will help develop my drawings. [My course highlight was] Week 3 – this was when the techniques all started to make sense. It was different to what I expected as it was a completely new approach to drawing that I wasn’t even aware of!”
“It was difficult to know where it was going at the beginning (not in a bad way) but each lesson was rewarding and it came together brilliantly all the way to the end. [I have learned] a process for seeing and drawing that will stay with me into the future. [My course highlight was} Week 2 – drawing the space – challenging and very interesting. I didn’t have any expectations but managed to exceed them anyway!
“Really enjoyable and challenging course which definitely expands your perception of drawing techniques. [I learned] unlearning what you know about how to traditionally draw and replace it with a more experimental process. [I’m] definitely ending the course with more confidence and experience of how to draw. Thanks for another great course.”