Due to the Corona Virus this course will now be delivered online. You'll need access to Facebook where you will be invited to join a closed forum. Here I will post the demonstrations - filmed live in my studio. You'll then have time to complete each task. You can post pictures of what you are doing into the forum to receive feedback from myself and other learners. Access to the group will remain for 3 weeks so you can complete tasks. If you can't join us on the day you will be able to see all the tutorials for 3 weeks. You will need a basic supply of art materials. Stay well folks!


I will take you through the process of gathering from nature, and then looking at your inspiration to capture the textures, colours and patterns. Through a series of drawing and collage exercises you can begin to create your own dynamic sketchbook pages and designs. For me, it's about telling stories of what is happening in nature. I seldom work from photos and I will encourage you to connect with the source material, and explore different ways of drawing until we capture a sense of design. The day will be supportive, with lots of encouragement to help you put pencil to paper. It is not about accurate drawing but about looking for shapes and symbols in nature so you can find your creative flow and create a design that you can then realise in whatever textiles or project you choose.


We will work through a series of drawing exercises to loosen your style, and to develop hand-eye coordination. You will end the day with a series of exploratory drawings and techniques that you can use at home to develop your creative confidence and make more dynamic marks. I hear 'I cant draw' so often and I want to show you that you can, and that drawing is a process of discovery and design. 


You will need a sketchbook (A4ish) and some basic drawing equipment - pencils, fineliner, paper scissors and a pritt stick.


The day runs from approx 10 to 4 (though as this is now online you can choose your time framework). You'll get to see where I work (filmed in my studio - I will take you on a tour!). Some materials will be posted to you - some everyday art items you will need to provide. You'll need to provide your own tea and biscuits and make a sign that says "Keep out" ;)



Draw - Mixed media sketchbooks - Online June 20th 2020

  • You can cancel upto four weeks before the event and receive a full refund. Up to two weeks before the event you can receive a refund for half the amount. After that no refund can be given. 


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