August Drawing Workshop

We started by looking at what drawing – as opposed to painting – really means. I loved Michael Ayrton’s quote “…an artist may draw to give order to his thoughts, whereas he may paint to give ease to his heart”. And Baudelaire’s “the draughtsman is the philosopher of art”.

We then explored how the different drawing tools not only affected the marks you made but the way you thought. After line drawing (negative spaces again) we went on to tonal drawing. Then several people got really stuck in to copying reproductions of drawings they liked. Others tried drawing without looking at their page, with their left hand, with their eyes shut and even drawing things you couldn’t really see…

Charente Painting Week, 2009

During the first week of September, 2009, Elizabeth organised a painting week for 6 artists Charente painting weekat John and and his wife Sarah’s house near Cognac. TCognac painting workshophis was a hugely enjoyable; two of the participants were already experienced painters, but the other four were comparitive beginners. All produced outstanding work and felt they had made significant progress, as well as having a great time.
An informal show was held for the neighbours on the last day, which was much admired; the weather was perfect, the food (thanks to Anita and Tom) was fantastic.
We will be going again next year, and possibly having another week in the spring.
Please contact Elizabeth for details.