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.
We’re starting an inspiring new set of painting and drawing classes. With beautiful surroundings and good company, 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.
These are one day classes than run on a Saturday and are repeated on the Sunday.
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April 2023
Painting Without Brushes (Seascapes)
Sometimes brushes can restrict us, as they can only offer a certain amount of different marks. In this class we'll be losing the brushes all-together, and instead we will use card, spray, rulers, scrapers, rollers and masking techniques to build up our seascapes. This is a very freeing and exciting way of finding new ways to make marks and broadening your language in painting. This is a very popular class that may change the way some of you paint forever!
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2023
Drawing to music.
"Don't Play What's There, Play What's Not There" - Miles Davis
This exciting drawing class will be in collaboration with cellist Carys Davies, who will be performing whilst we draw her. We will immerse ourselves in the sounds and senses of our subject, in order to capture something more than just imagery. We'll break out of the lines using sound to guide our energy and expression as she plays live for us in the studio. This class will involve working from a moving model as well as an exploration into how we can respond to sound in our work.
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 2023
We will be developing self- portraits in this class. We will work from either images you bring in or from photos taken in the studio. Loosely building surface and background texture you will be encouraged to experiment, take risks, and play, with a variety of media including acrylics, oils pastels, and charcoal on several different coloured grounds. A traditional subject matter made contemporary!
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July 2023
Finding landscape in abstract collage
Using predominantly collage from earlier work, we will start our pieces with bold, abstract pieces of collage. Using this as a staring point for strong graphic composition, you will then 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 work.
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August 2023
Simplify Your Work
Learn how to simplify your landscapes, taking out unnecessary detail and focussing on creating more impact through less. We'll also look at how painting into light can flatten form, again simplifying the design and using limited colour. We'll look at the American tonalists, as well as current of examples of painters who do this beautifully. Become a master of saying more with less!
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2023
Painting in the Dark
The majority of the paintings we make are of images in full light, without thinking specifically as to what time of the day we are observing. In this class I will show you how to paint in Low Key, the darker tones, so ones that feel like early evening or even night. I will show you how to mix this palette so you can use your palette like a visual roadmap, to keep you on track. Using only the low key tones can create an unusual and transportive atmosphere, adding richness and depth to your work.
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 2023
Landscapes without colour can be as dramatic and complex as those with it, and can have a great depth as well as subtlety. The focus will be on mark making, scale and creating a dramatic atmosphere in our pieces. In this workshop we will spend time exploring the diversity of monochrome materials from pencils through to emulsion and oil bars, as well as using found drawing tools from the landscape. We'll be experimenting with capturing big, wild spaces in both small and larger scales.
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November 2023
Painting The Winter
I have always loved painting winter scenes as the landscape feels paired down to just its structural elements. Good composition, a limited palette and selective information will be the focus, as well as understanding what to do with small amounts of information. I will guide you through creating a serene but strong winter scene, finding magic in empty space.
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December 2023
Starting with gesture and quick drawings, we look at strategy and thought process when we have just a few minutes to draw a figure. Once we have loosened up, we will lead into longer poses where we’ll focus on proportion and drawing expressively. By the end of the day we will have a body of studies exploring mark making, proportion, line, gesture and tone.
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January 2024
Mixed media - making landscape paintings from nothing!
In this class we’ll be starting the process by taking a loose, abstract approach to our backgrounds, without referring to a reference at all. We will then look how little added information is needed for the eye to understand the image. The addition could be a horizon line, a building, or a figure in the landscape. This class is effectively about allowing the work to make itself.
Classes run from 10 am to 4 pm and cost £50 per day. This includes some materials, tea, coffee and refreshments.
A £25 deposit is required for each class. Please remember to book to avoid disappointment as we have limited spaces each month. The non refundable 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!
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There is no ‘right way’ to make visual art, we will spend these 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."