Waking up to a light dusting of snow, and my thoughts jumped straight to the Shedio ... or more specifically, how to warm it up! Three fires on maximum setting, a host of crochet blankets and rugs, hot tea and coffee on constant supply, and we were soon warm and toasty (well, warm-er!) and able to get to work. Today's workshop was a 'back to basics' session looking at drawing with pencil, graphite and charcoal - and encouraging students to build their own vocabulary of marks. As always, they threw themselves into the challenge with great gusto and produced some fantastic drawings - at least 9 each!
It has been a great start to the new term in the Shedio (albeit a bit blustery!) with various Creative Sketchbook workshops looking at artists who work on found postcards and photographs with stitch ... Julie Cockburn, Jessica Wohl, Diane Meyer, Shaun Kardinal amongst others. As always, the wonderful students far exceeded all expectations, and leapt at the challenge ... the results? Absolutely fantastic work ... don't you think? Lots of questions were raised, and we delved into concepts of memory versus nostalgia; the "uncanny"; identity and history - phew!
Thoughts, works, adventures and responses from the studio and beyond