My classes are designed to inspire and enthuse people who wish to expand their knowledge of drawing, painting and print making.
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Latest painting and drawing classes at GROUP Studios.
So now we are in the New Year, I am excited to let you know about what’s happening next at Group Studios.
We’re starting an inspiring new set of painting, drawing and printing classes. We have had some great results in the studio again this year, with lots of students feeling more confident in their abilities to paint and draw, and wonderful feedback too. With beautiful surroundings, good company and home cooked lunch, our painting classes are the perfect opportunity to explore your own creativity.
Every class is designed to accommodate both beginners and those with more experience – there is always a mix of abilities in every class.
Landscape through paint and collage
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January 2019
Using predominantly collage, we will be exploring techniques of mark making and texture creation to bring energy and life to our paintings. You will be encouraged to work playfully when finding your confidence with the materials, as well as taking on board the fundamentals of perspective and depth. Abstraction will be an important element to this class, learning about the relevance of large areas set against busier areas, to create space and distance in your landscapes.
There will be no classes running in February as I will be in North Norway doing a residency, making landscape paintings en plein air!
Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March 2019
“As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.” Van Gough
Working from a model, the day will be spent on a variety of both short and long poses looking at line, tone, form and mark making. Theaim of this class is to give a fairly traditional approach to the techniques and methods of figure drawing, but will of course always encourage the individual expression of each student.
Saturday 27th April - Lino printing
We will be discovering the art of lino cutting and creating a series of unique prints.
You will be able to design and create a single lino cut, which will be printed on our studio press.
At the end of the session, you will have a series of finished prints, as well as the lino that can be used time and time again.
Sunday 28th April - Mono printing
Using ink on glass, we will create a wealth of one off images, either from imagination or working from reference. Monoprinting is a simple and effective printmaking technique that involves drawing or mark making directly into wet ink. Each print is unique, and monoprinting allows for a certain amount of freedom and expression in the work. We will experiment with masking out areas, drawn line and using pattern.
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019
The focus in this class is to use paint, line and collage in a playful and intuitive way. You will be encouraged to lose old habits and work in a much more spontaneous and creative fashion, stimulating your own imagination. We'll be moving around the room, occasionally working on each other's pieces, to lose that preciousness and enjoy a combination of styles in our final pieces. I'll be asking students to bring along one or two objects to work from that are of significance to them. We will work on some experimental sketches to begin with, leading onto a longer piece that will be a playful mix of multimedia, as well as having a deeper meaning for the maker.
Painting large scale mixed media portraits.
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2019
We will experiment with techniques to record a range of creative ideas, applying a non-traditional approach to a traditional exploration into proportion, mark making, tone, form and composition.
Using large brushes, rollers, sponge, spray, card, rulers and many other tools, we will focus on creating a rich, exciting surface for your pieces. You will come away with a new confidence in how to observe the portrait head, as well as a range of techniques to bring life and expression to your pieces.
As there is no ‘right way’ to make visual art, we will spend the ten sessions experimenting with a variety of approaches, and have a lot of fun on the process!
Classes run from 10 am to 4 pm and cost £45 per day. This includes some materials, teas and coffee and homemade cake. A home cooked lunch is also provided, seasonally sourced from our community garden.
A £20 deposit is required for each class. Please remember to book to avoid disappointment as we have limited spaces each month. The deposit can be paid below.
To book please contact Beth Marsden using the e-mail address, number or contact form above.
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Hope to see you there!
Please get in touch for a chat if you have any questions at all x
There is no ‘right way’ to make visual art, we will spend eight sessions experimenting with a variety of approaches, and have a lot of fun in the process!
"This class has a consistently lovely atmosphere, facilitated by the stunning venue, Beth's warm teaching style and wonderful home cooked lunches. The classes themselves are varied and stimulating for people with a range of backgrounds. Always a pleasure."
"You are a fantastic teacher first of all - alert and supportive but not intrusive, which makes it perfect for 'flourishing'. You make everyone feel completely at home in your lovely bright space.
I really enjoyed the painting without brushes day. It blew my head open to learn so many new techniques in a few hours. It is so unthreatening to keep trying out new stuff.....as you keep saying, 'just try it'......"
"I booked my first Art workshop with Gower Group Studio as a present for my friend who'd successfully done a foundation year in art and I went along with her having done no art at all. It was brilliant! Alongside the fun company, the delicious lunch and the beautiful setting, Beth managed to give my friend ideas to help her develop whilst coping with me as a complete beginner who didn't even know what the different paints were."