Winter workshops 2024

I am running a series of winter workshops to get you inspired and artistically stretched through the colder months. Art of Sketching workshop Tuesday January 23rd 10-30 till 3pm Colour Mixing workshop. Tuesday February 20th 10-30 till 3pm Expressive Charcoal workshop Tuesday 19th March 10-30 till 3pm  All take place in my studio in fulford York and are […]

New term starts for the art classes

I have had a great August break. Covid dominated at first but a lovely trip with Liz to Malvern and onto Crickhowell to the Green Man Festival. It’s great to be away and be inspired by so many talented artists (mainly musicians) and bring these experiences back to the work and teaching arena. What the […]

Very ordinary objects

The brief this week in June was to look at something that had little to inspire you. Quite hard to decide what to chose when you are looking for something with little aesthetic value and then make a drawing out of what you see. The above image was me drawing a value shortbread biscuit and […]

Life Drawing Workshop 1

The first of four life drawing workshops took place on Saturday morning 8th November. We used A1 paper throughout and a mixture of media. The model was lit by both a spotlight and a halogen lamp. This added drama to what would have been a very even fluorescent light. The first drawings done were quick 5 […]

Caricature

After doing distortion for two weeks we did a caricature session which involves copying some drawings done by a top caricaturist called Howard McWilliam. He does the front cover of the Week magazine which are usually satirical and often political. There are some images of the group working on this topic followed by a few […]

Distortion

This weeks title to work with was distortion. John C had come up with the idea the week previous that he would like to try and deliberately distort an object. I e-mailed a few images to give an idea of what to do. It is good to have some ideas but sometimes they may dominate […]

Ellergill weekend

I would like to post a few photos from this weekend away with me and six others. I do not have many images of other peoples work at present but will put them on as I acquire them. It was a great weekend. Much quieter than the previous one due to a few people unable […]

Microscopic

A couple of weeks ago Cath brought in a microscope. It seemed a good idea to try alongside the work done on edges. Cath looked at the edges of torn paper and a small dried plant. This process proved interesting but quite do but quite tricky and tiring. You can probably only dop about 15 […]

Coloured objects

Following on from last weeks filling the space exercise, this week we did the same thing but this time used coloured objects and painted the compositions in gouache. I asked people to bring in a few objects of a certain type of colour eg blue objects or green ones. The objects will be varying hues […]

Filling the space

This exercise follows on from the previous work done on edges. This time the focus is on the edge of the pictorial space. From the various still life object in the class I asked people to make a small composition on the table and using a viewfinder create an image that is cropped at the […]

Edges

This week I set the brief to look at the edges of objects. By this I meant not only one edge but what you could see outside the edge also. We had touched on this sort of thing before but this time there was no need to feel compelled to draw a whole object. There […]

The sinister side

This week we continued working with our wrong hands. Jon pointed out that the word Sinister is the Latin word for left-handed. What evolution of meaning turned left-handed into evil and threatening? Historically, the left side, and subsequently left-handedness, was considered negative in many cultures. The Latin word sinistra originally meant “left” but took on […]

It is all about hands

After last weeks hands and glasses I decided to do something a little more challenging this week. That was to draw ones own hand but this time without holding anything. This is actually much harder as there is less to latch onto, less drama and the need for more subtlety. Here are some of the […]

Ellergill outdoor painters

We had a great time at Ellergill in Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales. It was a great venue, fantastic scenery ( though a bit too green for some) and lovely weather. I am determined to return next year. The barn was great as long as you realise it is bunk barn accommodation and you can […]

Inside/outside project

WE did a 5 week project entitled Inside/ Outside. This was one I did on part time foundation in 1992. Here are a selection of students work from this task. Jon looked at a sheep’s skull and worked in various media and formats. Barbara produced a most exquisite book where the words had left the […]

Magnification

I set a project on magnification which involved each student bringing in a small object and upping the scale. Some chose A1 and others A2. I will show the drawing done by Steve and post others as they become more complete. He chose a small dried sprig from a shrub in the garden. It looked […]

Light Touch

The past two weeks the class have been tackling a still life made up of glasses, apples , onions set on some white materials. The cloth had plenty of folds and the still life was set on two levels (boxes underneath the objects). The idea was to create accurate drawings and spend time making the […]