I have had the most wonderful summer in the studio ... glorious weather, fabulous students, oodles of creativity ... not to mention the excitement of holding my first Open Studios and meeting friends old and new. Thank you once again to everyone who made the journey down the picturesque tree-lined drive, not knowing quite who, or what, they were going to find at the end. I hope you found it worth the journey.
To say I was exhausted would be an understatement, but a brief, welcome, escape to the relative tranquility of Norfolk has reinvigorated me, and I'm already itching to get back to the studio for the Autumn Term. So, what do I have to tempt you all to come and join me? Alongside, the established courses (new students are always welcome to join any of these), I also have a number of new workshops that I'm excited to introduce. Further details, and booking information can be found here, but if you need a little tempting, brief summaries of the ongoing classes and new workshops are listed below.
Date: 19th, 20th September 2018
This two day course is a perfect compliment to any of the other workshops on offer, but is mainly designed as a stand-alone course. Students are encouraged to work in a media of their choice (eg. watercolour, acrylics, graphite, collage, textiles), while exploring an abstract and expressionist approach to painting/drawing landscapes. Weather permitting we will spend time working outdoors, breathing, feeling and experiencing the landscape.The second day will allow students to further develop their artwork, plus there will be the option of mounting and framing one of your works, to take home at the end of the course. More details, plus booking information, can be found here.
Date: 28th, 29th, 30th November 2018
This three day course is designed to encourage you to paint on increasingly larger surfaces. Moving from working on the table to easels, floors and walls, we will experiment with developing your mark making and painterly approach to different scales. Suitable for all levels - beginners will leave equipped with the necessary skills to go it alone, while students with more experience will be encouraged to push their boundaries and create more individual and exciting work. More information can be found here.
Mondays Sept 17th, Oct 8th, Nov 19th, Dec 17th
A course of monthly workshops exploring a range of contemporary drawing, painting and mixed media practices. Whether you are a would-be painter, textile artist, sculptor or designer, these workshops are a great way to boost your skills in a wide range of media, whilst producing exciting sketchbooks and finished work that you will be proud to show off! More details can be found here.
THE CREATIVE SPACE
Mondays Sept 10th, 24th, Oct 15th, 29th, Nov 12th, 26th, Dec 10th
These fortnightly practical workshops are designed for artists who would like encouragement and support to become more confident and self-motivated with their own art practice. The workshops will allow you to explore all areas of contemporary art: drawing, printmaking, sculpture, painting, sketchbook work ... and ways of using them creatively and effectively with your own chosen subject matter. More details, plus booking, can be found here.
Thursdays Sept 13th, Nov 1st, Nov 22nd, Dec 13th
A series of four individual workshops devoted to the wonderful medium of watercolours. With plenty of demonstrations and hands-on experimentation, each session will be based on a different approach, subject matter or way of working - all with the aim of increasing your painting vocabulary and helping you find your own unique watercolour style. More details, plus individual workshop information, can be found here.
Fee: £200 (complete course) (or £60 per individual workshop)
Dates: Sept 5th, 6th, Oct 10th,11th, Nov 14th, 15th, Dec 5th, 6th
These monthly workshops are for experienced artists, and provide a vibrant space to experiment and grow in confidence with your own artistic practice. Each workshop will start with a short introduction, looking at works of historic and contemporary artists, before exploring strategies to apply some of the ideas and approaches to your own work. Critique of work, artist research, and lively discussion are an essential part of each session. Details of this popular course can be found here.
So, Ladies and Gentlemen, I now declare booking for my Autumn Workshops officially open, and I can't wait to see you in September xx
Wow! What fun it was to meet friends old and new as I joined other artists across the region, and opened my studio doors for the first time this year as part of Cambridge Open Studios. The studio was the perfect place to escape the intense heat of this glorious summer, and never looked better than when full of people looking at the work, chatting, laughing, or just hanging out on the sofa. It was lovely to see you all - thank you so much for coming x
But, hold on, there's more! The most valuable part of the experience, was undoubtedly the opportunity to make some new work. I have been working intensely for the past few months, and with no masterplan in mind, started exploring the materials of painting (paper, paint, ink etc.,) in the same way I would approach the exploration of found objects and materials in my sculptural practice. The result was an unexpected joy at the qualities of paint on paper - the rips, tears, drips and edges, as exciting as any imposed subject matter. Even more thrilling, it would appear that others liked them too, as I waved goodbye to a number of paintings, and saw them head off with smiling owners to their new homes.
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