Spring is bursting out of the ground in our garden. The cherry tree is in full blossom and the tulips are coming out. I am busy preparing for my next round of workshops, due in May. It will be a busy month packed with activities. Please read on to see what I have planned:
To kick things off in full celebratory mood I will open my studio doors during the Severn Vale Art Trail. This local Open Studios event always attracts lots of people. I will open the doors on Saturday and Sunday 29-30 April. This will be the only time I sell greeting cards of my work. Many people just come in for a chat, some arty questions and to see some of my work ‘in the flesh’. Good weather is always a bonus. For more info download the brochure here or email me.
The first workshop is booked for 3 May. We’ll be learning a classical portrait drawing technique which will help improve getting a likeness, whether you are drawing a face, an apple or a landscape. All materials are included.On the 5 May there is a workshop for absolute beginners in oil painting. This is the place to give it a go where you haven’t dared before. This is the time to ask all and any questions, no matter how silly you might think they sound. We’ll talk brushes, brands, mediums, toxicity, fat-over-lean, canvas and much more. All materials are provided but you are welcome to bring some of your own materials.
The Classical Drawing Workshop in full swing
We paint a portrait in oils (from a photo) in the workshop on the 9 May. This workshop is for beginners as well as more advanced. I will paint a little along, talking through setup, shapes, colour, values and edges. Some of the materials are included but you need to bring your own paint.There is another portrait painting workshop, but this time with a life model, on 25 May. We will work on one pose and just like the other workshop focus on all the familiar difficulties that come up when painting a portrait. Some of the materials will be provided but not all.
Then there is a duo of pastel workshops set up for 16 and 23 May. On 16 May, you can all have a go at working with pastel in the pastel portrait painting workshop. We’ll talk brands, mark making, set up, shading, colours, values and much more. We will work from photos.
On the 23rd of May we will attempt a still life in pastel. I will set up one or two still life to choose from and we’ll discuss the same principles as with portrait painting: setup, mark making, shading, colours, values, edges and much more. All materials are included for the pastel workshops.
The workshops are held in my kitchen. Although space is limited this does mean there will be a relaxed and homely atmosphere. My studio is just next door where you are free to wander and peek. There is table which can be extended to fit table easels but we can also work from floor easels. The groups are small, usually just 4 or 5 students, so there is plenty of time and attention for each.
The workshops are for all who enjoy painting and drawing and want to improve their skills or try out a new medium. Beginners and more advanced are very welcome. The groups are so small that we can cater for anyone’s needs. All general information about my workshops can be found here.
Do click on the various links to learn more about the workshops on offer and do let me know if you have any questions!
If you can’t make a workshop then have a browse around my blog for lots of articles on painting.