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 […]

Walton Group of Artist’s Charcoal workshop

It’s always a pleasure to work with the Walton Group of artists. This time I delivered a landscape themed, charcoal workshop where you set down layers of powdered charcoal using cloths to produce varying levels of intensity. This can then be taken off using a variety of erasers. Below is an example of one of […]

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 […]

Art Class exhibition at City Screen

The students from all my classes have put together work for a show at City Screen in York. This has been scheduled and postponed so many times and we got the go ahead in October to have a slot from 19th Dec 2021 till 15th January 2022. Most people hadn’t put up a group of […]

Sky Landscape Artist of the Year

Phil Reynolds on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year

Back in June last year I competed in a heat of Sky Landscape Artist of the Year that was filmed in Knaresboro. I had wrote a post about it but seems to have deleted itself from my blog. Here is my second draft. It was an interesting and challenging experience. Looking back on it now […]

Walton Group, Landscape day

Art class in the open air

On a bit of a catch up from last year . I am not entirely sure that the chronology will be right but I can date them as I go. Sometime in June I did an acrylic landscape workshop with the Walton Group of Artists. Based out of the church hall in Walton we parked […]

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 […]

In the garden using a viewfinder

We continued trying to employ the viewfinder. It is a bit of an extra thing to deal with and it is not something I use very much but that does not mean it is not useful. When faced with a lot of information to try and edit you are able to focus a little more […]

Cath’s Corwall trip with her mum

Cath had been away with her mum and some more family in Cornwall. On the beach they noticed lots of different coloured strata of  mud. This pigment they dug out and used as a drawing/painting medium. Applying the hand made paint with anything they could get their hands on. Twigs, dritwood, leaves etc. There were […]

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 […]

Dales bunk barn residential

These are a couple of images of people painting outside the bunk barn in Littondale. This was last June and I am running another trip on Fri 13th- Sun 15th June this year. There are 2 places left and all the details are below. It is advertised as a non teaching trip but this year […]

Hands holding a glass

I wanted to do a session with drawings of hands holding something and had remembered a life drawing I had done where the model had held a mug. It made such a great shape that I thought it would be ideal for this session. We had been doing transparent objects the week before so it […]

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 […]

Ruth’s framed gouache landscape

We did a few weeks on landscape painting and here is Ruth’s gouache painting framed up. It was worked up from a photograph of hills in Shropshire sourced from Google.

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 […]

Ruth’s framed drawing

Ruth brought in a piece of work she had framed. It is great to see this development within the class. It is often an ambition people have to get to a stage where they can show work to a wider public and when this time comes it is worth going to a professional framer. In this case […]