Last weekend I enjoyed a fantastic weekend with a full studio radiating energy, enthusiasm and creativity. We began by exploring mark-making and delving deeper into the artistic mark-making process. Creativity, playfulness and the willingness to play were the essential ingredients this weekend.
It was heartwarming that 2 students traveled from Glasgow to attend my courses. I firmly believe that my courses are well worthwhile travelling cross country for! And I think they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They stayed in an ‘air B&B’ in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and had a good time trying out all the different restaurants – and found a wonderful place for an early morning Sunday breakfast!!
Finlay commented that he enjoyed a “friendly, thought provoking, something different” kind of experience over the weekend. He felt he had learnt how to “look for satisfying and enjoyable techniques and replicate and continually improve on these” while working to create enriched textural surfaces of mark-making. We looked at lots of different artists to gain a deeper understanding of their processes and see what we could learn from them and adapt into our own processes and techniques.
Read further to find out what the other students thought of the weekend.
“Fun, ‘inner child’ activities. Developing a different perspective for what it means to draw and how you can approach it.” Finlay A
“Absolutely fantastic! Have learnt to use marks/patterns to start off a drawing and various different techniques to develop them. Brian is a fantastic and truly inspirational teacher. Learnt loads and really enjoyed it. I have never actually been ‘taught’ art before – just been given materials and left to get on with it. Brian really teaches you – and it’s a really enjoyable experience.” Carolyn R
“Different, experimental, enjoyable – you will definitely do something different. One learns a huge amount from an excellent teacher.” Pat C
“If you think you can’t draw or have run out of ideas then this is for you. Just do it! Very supportive, challenging and interesting. Makes you approach drawing in new ways.” Allan M
“Wonderful eye opening experience. You can let go, explore new ways.”Debbie D
“Definitely recommend. This course was complimentary to Abstract Art course and would recommend both these courses are done together.” Sudesh N
“Very enjoyable and free-ing. Permission to explore and experiment and to have fun. I came along with an open mind, but a bit apprehensive having never done anything like this before. Quickly felt at ease and comfortable with the exercises. Lots of fun – great way to spend a wet, cold winter weekend.” Jill A