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Art Workshops & Classes

I  run occasional art workshops in painting and drawing techniques, currently out of Doodles Ceramic Studio in Marchmont, on Monday evenings. These sessions are designed to be fun and relaxing, for beginners or improvers wishing to carve out a bit of creative time for themselves, while learning new art techniques. 

 

**In view of COVID 19 restrictions these classes are now running as LIVE online sessions via Zoom**

 

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NEXT WORKSHOPS: 

Monday 11th January - MINDFUL DRAWING - 7-8.30pm - FREE CLASS!
In this session we will focus on drawing the intricate details of a selection of interesting objects, focussing on shapes, patterns and colours. I will guide us through a series of warm up drawings and exercises and then everyone can work on a final drawing on their own (bring along a small object of your choice for this purpose - something with a lot of detail is good).  

Materials required: cartridge paper or smooth watercolour/mixed media paper; graphite pencil (2B if you have one) and an eraser; selection of coloured pencilsblack fineliner pen; watercolour paint (one red, blue and yellow will do, if that's all you have); and a jar of clean water. Just bring coloured pencils though if you don't have any watercolour paints as yet.  
 
 
Monday 18th January - LOOSE WATERCOLOUR LANDSCAPES - 7-9pm
COST: £12
In this session we will enjoy using the free flowing properties and luminous colour of watercolour paint to capture the essence of a landscape, in a simplified, expressive form. We will work together using images shared on screen, and then work from one or two photographs of your own in the latter part of the class. There will be a sharing session at the end for anyone who wishes to show and discuss their work. 

Materials list: watercolour paper (the thicker the better); watercolour paints; at least two watercolour brushes (including the largest one you have!); a water sprayer or a clean kitchen sponge; a few jars of clean water (to avoid need to keep changing your water); kitchen paper or clean absorbant cloth; graphite pencil and an eraser (optional); one or two printed landscape photos  
 
Monday 25th January - QUICK WATERCOLOUR PORTRAITS - 7-9pm 
COST :£12

In this session we will do 10minute sketches of each other's faces, using watercolour and coloured pencil. There will be guided warm up sessions and tips on how to draw facial features, throughout the poses, followed by one longer 15minute pose at the end (hopefully...). This class will require volunteers to pose for 10 minutes each while the others draw them! We will be focussing on creating quick characterful sketches (rather than photographic likenesses), given the time available and to keep it a fun session for everyone - no previous experience of portrait drawing necessary! There will be a sharing session at the end for anyone who wishes to show and discuss their work. 

Materials list: watercolour paper  or mixed media paper (the thicker the better); coloured pencils; a graphite pencil; an eraserwatercolour paints; at least two watercolour brushes (including the largest one you have!); a few jars of clean water (to avoid need to keep changing your water); kitchen paper or clean absorbant cloth

 

 

 

Past Classes:

 

October 26th & November 5th - theme to be decided!  

 

Current: 

"Expressive WatercolourTechniques":

Monday 14th Sep 2020Playing with Colour - We will go over some basics like mixing a

wash, loading the brush, working on dry paper, then wet-in wet techniques, splashes and spray,

and do a few small studies experimenting with these techniques. Please bring two or three

photos or sketches as reference material for the studies.   


Monday 21st Sept 2020Working with a toned background and white gouache - we will

try out some mixed media techniques on coloured paper, using black and white pens and

gouache paint together with watercolour, to produce lively watercolour sketches. Again,

please bring two or three reference photos to work from. Any subject matter is fine.   

 

 

Previous Classes

February & March 2020

I have booked the following dates with Doodles Ceramics studio in Marchmont, and am planning

to run a new "Acrylic Painting" course over these nights: 

10th & 17th Feb, plus 16th & 23rd March

10th Feb: Working with Tone

We will work with a limited palette to understand the importance of using tonal range in our

paintings, including some compositional exercises as well as a more developed painting.

Working from small still life objects (e.g. fruits and vegetables), we will study light and shade

using tonal range.  


17th Feb: Mixing Colour 

A session to get to grips with mixing a range of colours from existing paint tubes, to create a more

natural and integrated look in your paintings. Exploring warm and cool colours, as well as opaque

and transparent. Working from landscape photographs (or your own sketches).   



16th March: Exploring Texture 

Working with different brushes and improvised tools to create lively mark making, and building up

interesting surfaces. I will also bring along some acrylic mediums for you to try out. Working on a

largely abstract basis, but with ideas sparked from your own photos or sketches.


POSTPONED Tutored Studio Time 

In this session you are free to bring along any acrylic paintings you have been working on, or start

a new one in class, and I will give individual support and mentoring on how to address any

problems or further develop the work. (NB For anyone who has missed an earlier class, I can

provide materials for developing a new painting concentrating on one of those aspects, if you prefer)

 



I think this course will really improve your painting skills, so please do come along and have a go! 
ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED as usual, but if you prefer to use your own brushes feel free to

bring them along. 

Also, I will be providing paper suitable for painting on, but if you would like to start a painting on

a small canvas or board (or a larger one, for finishing at home) feel free to bring one in,

ready-prepared to paint on. 

Sheila x 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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