Please note that this is a Thursday start date so that you can get logged in and join the forum ready to make the most of the weekend ahead.


Oh to be a bird! To soar up and see the landscape from above! This workshop will take you on a birds eye journey, showing you how to approach representing  landscape with shape and pattern. You'll consider the story of your local landsape and the interaction of nature and man-made structure. I will take you on a journey to look at the landscape through it's details and patterns and use these to create narratives based on maps and mapping. 


This course is for you:


  • if you love pattern and abstraction
  • if you like to work from your imagination, informed by reality
  • if you enjoy using photos as a research tool but dont know what to do with them
  • if you'd like to make a mixed media series of works to integrate shape, mark and imagery (that could perhaps be interpreted in stitch on my 'Stillness in Stitch' course)
  • if you stop and notice the details 
  • if you would like to interpret what's around you in a sensory way, less influenced by reality of place
  • if you'd like to be more gestural and expressive with your drawing





Materials you will need for the class:


  • A4/A3 sketchbook or sheets of coloured/white/brown paper
  • different drawing media - I suggest a pencil, biro, fine felt-tip pen, posca paint pen (ow whatever you have), charcoal pencil
  • papers you can cut up for collage - old book pages, old envelopes, bits of wallpaper, painted sheets of paper etc
  • chalk paint or emulsion tester pots
  • water soluble oil pastels ( I use Art Philosophy)
  • a computer printer (optional)
  • scissors and glue (I use uhu)
  • It helps to have access to local landscape - canal, river, fields - I realise that this isn't possible for everyone.


What you will learn on this course:


  • Confidence to go outside to draw and capture your surroundings (using photography as well)
  • Working with mixed-media
  • Working intuitively to capture the essence of nature
  • Working in sequence to enhance your creative flow
  • Drawing, collaging and painting to create layers and bring your sketchbook to life


The course content can be accessed from 10am on the start date. You will have six weeks access to the content.  I've planned the content to give you a full weekend of creativity or you can spread it over a  a week of evenings. 


You will be invited to join a private Facebook group for students on this course so that you can share your ideas and receive feedback from myself and others. It will help keep you inspired, motivated and accountable for getting started and fulfilling your create aspirations. 


This course consists of:


  • Welcome session
  • 5 video tutorials allowing you to follow me as I draw from a still-life set up.
  • Set tasks for you to go through the processes and create your own sketches and drawings from your own set up.
  • A concluding session
  • A Facebook Group forum to allow you to share ideas and get inspiration and feedback.
  • Access to my ongoing Facebook community to continue your creative journey in a supportive, like-minded community


What you will need to have:


  • The materials on the materials list (see above)
  • Access via a PC or laptop to my website where you can access the password protected pages
  • Broadband wifi with sufficient speed to watch video content
  • You will also need a willingness to have a go and try new ways of working - not focussed on the outcomes, but on devloping a creative flow and adapting new techniques
  • Time - a weekend that you can set aside for yourself
  • Commitment to fulfil the tasks and share with others in the group so that we can nurture each other.


What to expect:


  • After signing up you will get email confirmation of your booking
  • On the course start date you will be emailed the log-in codes at 10am. This gives you access to password protected website pages.
  • You can access the course immediately and at any point for six weeks. Delivery is via video tutorials that you can start, stop and repeat as you wish. 
  • There are tasks set for you to try what you have been shown in the videos. 
  • You are encouraged to take photos of what you create and upload them to the course Facebook Group.
  • You can ask questions in the group, or by email. 
  • You will be notified when access is ending.

A Bend in the River- landscape through pattern and shape June 24th 2021

  • You can cancel before the course starts and receive a full refund. Once the course date has started, no refund can be given.

    Should you have extenuating circumstances, access to the course provision may be extend. This is discretionary.

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