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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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.
Check out the Class Gallery HERE.
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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.
Check out the Class Gallery HERE.
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
Drawing Techniques course
We started this 6 session course late in January on a Monday evening. The studio was full with 10 excited students willing to take the plunge and go beyond their comfort zones to improve their drawing and understanding of being creative. The course presents ideas about creativity and perception to make students question why they draw, along with lots of techniques to help students creative expressive, personal, unique and powerful drawings. It really is a drawing course with a difference and well worth reading Heather Spears’ book The Creative Eye on which I have based this course.
Among many things the course will teach you a student Abi reflects that she learnt “not to worry about drawing an image that looks realistic but to focus on energy, capturing the real heart of what you are drawing.” Read more student comments below. Read more
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Creative sketchbooks course
I had a fabulous weekend teaching the Creative sketchbooks course. Students ranged from a complete beginner looking to learn the secrets behind what artists use a sketchbook for to another student who was preparing to go on a 3 month journey of immersion in the creative arts in Spain and Ireland and wanted a thorough understanding of how they could make the best possible use of the sketchbooks to help them develop their creative ideas and produce some really good work. I received positive feedback from all the students for example, Kate p said the course was, “Excellent, good pace, a lot of content in techniques to learn and thought processes. Great teaching – patient, encouraging – access to materials [I] wouldn’t use otherwise.” Read further to find out what the other students thought… Read more
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Begin to draw + paint
It was fab teaching this course to a full studio of students, yet again. I just love the enthusiasm and willingness to learn that everyone brings with them when they attend this course to learn to Begin to draw + paint. As Michele, a student on the course said when asked what she enjoyed the most, ” Everything! Really enjoyed the course structure and the way we could experiment.”
The structure of the course means that day 1 is about the technical side of drawing which requires a lot of focus and concentration, while day 2 rewards students with a more relaxed day experiments with different materials. But what did the other students think about the course? Read further to find out more. Read more
The Art Elements
The Art Elements course began this Wednesday evening with a lovely group of students. A nice mix of students with different interests, varying drawing styles and at different stages of art experience. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the projects unfold week by week.
Week 1: Line
A great introduction to the course began by working with the students to loosen up their drawing style and get back in touch with the emotive quality of using line. We explored mark making and using personal line to make individualistic drawings of a still life.
We didn’t have time to fully complete our drawings this session but the whole point of drawing them was to experience the emotive and gestural connection with materials and mark making. Once students remake this connection drawing with line is never quite the same again and drawing becomes more enjoyable and passionate in the future. So often as adults the visceral quality of drawing gets lost and drawings becomes purely a technical procedure losing all sense of fun and enjoyment along the way. This session, through a number of exercises, puts back the fun and develops a deeper understanding of line and the place of mark-making within picture making.
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Tonight was the start of another Drawing Techniques course. I only teach this twice a year at the moment, so I always look forward to it arriving. The course content is largely based on Heather Spears’s book ‘The Creative Eye’ which is a kind of training manual to help you change your approach to drawing, deepen your understanding and develop your skills and techniques to help you draw better.
The 8 students enrolled on this course all got stuck in and really gave themselves over to the process and produced some surprisingly vibrant and engaging images. So a huge well done to them! I’ll update you as to the progress we make each week.