Working from still life arrangements, students will put objective reality to one side and work within a contemporary approach that puts the student’s personal creativity centre stage. Everything students learn on this course can equally be used to creatively re-imagine and interpret landscapes or figurative subjects.
Creative visual thinking
Starting with some drawing games to help release students from the confines of realistic looking drawings, students will work with soft chalk and oil pastels to develop fast-paced approach to visual thinking that will help free up their creativity.
Extracting the Art Elements
Separating out the Art Elements from within the still life objects helps students discover unique mark-making that creates drawings with a rich interesting surface texture. Students also learn how to pull the Art Elements together to create compositions full of a unique personal vision.
Embracing flow + change
Students will learn a technique using oil pastels that enables them to draw with flexibility and intuition while adding layers of interest and depth to their drawings. Students will learn a second soft pastel and collage technique that will give them ultimate flexibility and control of their drawing.
Uncovering an artistic voice
Students will learn more about composition to create dynamic drawings that more closely express their own style and artistic voice. The drawings completed this session represent the beginnings of a personal creative journey to express their own true vision.
By the end of the course…
Students will have developed the skills and creative confidence to create drawings in a style that is true to their own inner artist’s voice – no longer a slave to realism and naturalism.
Helpful info + Guidance
“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.” Neale G
“Very intense, but light-hearted – very focused. A good pace – gently challenged! I became more courageous.” Barbara B
“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.” Chris C