After a very successful taster Life Class on Sunday 24 August at the rather wonderful Hornbeam Cafe in Walthamstow (you can see both the slideshow and the work made here) you can now book for up to eight 2-hour taught classes ….
LIFE CLASSES UPSTAIRS at the HORNBEAM on SUNDAY AFTERNOONS from 3 to 5 pm.
Artists of all abilities are very welcome, but booking is essential as places are very limited. This is a wonderful opportunity to make original art in front of a life model and you can book the whole season in advance (8 courses from September to December) or sign up for any week you like. Why not have a delicious lunch (or brunch) at the cafe downstairs first to make it a special Sunday? You only have to bring yourself (and a sketchbook if you wish to take notes) as all materials will be provided.
These classes will be taught using my hard-won philosophy about teaching art:
“I teach a language, not just how to copy – copying is certainly a skill, but each artist needs to do something rich and rhythmic with their ability. My approach, using led exercises ensures that both the teacher and the students are always on the edge of discovering something new. We are all in it together, for the first time. Art, like language, has a structure, a pattern, a syntax and the common strands in visual experience can be taught and learnt. It is up to the individual to use that language with the infinite variety of individual expression. This is a liberating approach: we all might not have the skills or inspiration of a great master, but everyone who really wants to draw, can begin to make a connection between their inner and outer worlds and communicate through art.”
Every class starts with a short slideshow to introduce that week’s theme, followed by drawing exercises in a variety of media. Expect the unexpected ….
These courses will be held every other Sunday:
Making: Sculptural Life Masking tape:white chalk on black
Drawing: Auerbach Charcoal Line:Erased Charcoal
Making: Picasso Low relief card:graphite drawing
Drawing: Heath Trace of seeing with pencil:pen
Making: Phillips Newspaper:magazine collage
Drawing: Vaughan Pencil line:pencil tone
Drawing: Degas Chalk and charcoal
Drawing: Giacometti Oil pastels in line:in tone
Do email me for a place NOW at email@example.com as places are genuinely limited – we’re using the small space upstairs for this first class (while the cafe is open downstairs – arrive early or stay late for delicious vegetarian, locally sourced, organic and fairly traded food):