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.
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January 2018
We will be exploring techniques of mark making and texture creation to bring energy and life to our paintings. Using large brushes, rollers, sponge, spray, card, rulers and many other tools, we will focus on creating a rich, exciting surface for your pieces.
Drawing with the brush
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February 2018
We will explore how to keep a painting fresh and liberate any preconceptions or fears we have about painting by using our paint brush as a drawing tool. we will build up layers of marks through continuously editing and correcting our work. This build up of colour and drawn marks brings a rich and lively surface to our paintings.
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March 2018
The aim of this class is to give students an innovative approach to the techniques and methods of portrait painting. With an emphasis on mixed media, you will be experimenting with paint mediums, spray paints, masking techniques and collage to create your portraits.
Understanding, mixing and applying colour through a still life.
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April 2018
This class aims to take the fear out of colour mixing. Using a basic set of primary colours (yellow, red and blue) you will learn how to create a sophisticated palette that you can apply to any subject matter. You will be encouraged to work playfully when finding your confidence with colour, as well as taking on board the fundamentals of colour mixing.
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2018
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.
Drawing the portrait head.
Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018
We will study different drawing techniques to record a range of creative ideas. This will be a traditional exploration into proportion, mark making, tone, form and composition.
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.
Bringing Still Life Alive
Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd July 2018
This class aims to take the fear out of colour and colour mixing. We’ll work from a suspended still life so you will be surrounded by your subject, this will give you a different relationship to your subject matter as well as open up different viewpoints, compositions and possibilities. We’ll work with large block colour and combine it with simple but sensitive colour mixing, to create strong, bold pieces. You will be encouraged to work playfully when finding your confidence with colour, as well as taking on board the fundamentals of colour mixing.
Portraiture in 3D.
With Ami Marsden
Tuesday 24th July 2018
Using modrock (plaster and fabric) we'll take a mould of your face and/or hands, then cast them from a variety of materials to create simple yet stunning pieces. These will be mounted on wood and become a finished artwork by the end of the day.
Working from Within.
Painting and Drawing with Roy Marsden
Wednesday 25th July 2018
At face value, things seem as they are but can also manifest an energy that's not often picked up on. We will start with purely observing, then progress into the feeling of the subject: working with the energy of things, using images and a soundscape of fighting dogs as our subject source.
Thursday 26th July 2018
“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.
Friday 27th July 2018
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.
Studying tone - High contrast drawing with white on white painting
Saturday 28th July 2018
This class shows you how to observe and draw light and shade. It will develop your observation skills and you’ll discover new drawing materials and techniques, giving you valuable insights to effective drawing and sketching. We will then move on to painting white on white, using tiny amounts of pigment to create differences in tone, with reference to the paintings of Morandi.
Costume Life drawing
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2018
Structured around the life model, this class focusses of the fundamental traditions of life drawing but with clothing and costume to bring character, energy and narrative to your work. While developing an understanding of proportion, technique and approach, we will also be encouraging experimentation and individual development at all times. You will learn some simple and effective ways to paint the human form, referring to the Old Masters for inspiration.
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2018
We’ll be learning how to approach the subject as a whole – including composition, background, lighting and of course colour. This traditional subject matter will be made exciting by the range of approaches we use.
Our monthly class is designed to inspire and enthuse learners who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in painting and drawing.
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."