Workshops 2012

At Bryn Morris studio and barn

Fee £40 per day,  £45 for the Feltmaking, to include materials.  10 – 4.30pm.  Bring own lunch.   Tea and coffee provided.    6-8 people.

These exciting workshops are designed both to hone drawing skills by learning to look in different ways, and to challenge and re-animate ways of using water-based paint media. We always start by drawing –  with the left hand (if normally right handed), looking at the shapes in between objects (‘negative shapes’), taking a line for a walk, drawing with eyes shut, anything to both loosen up and refine habitual ways of seeing. We start with simple line, move on to tone and finally to colour. For the two printing workshops, these drawings are used as images for making prints.

Working from initial marks, the painted image is allowed to evolve, disintegrate and re-emerge, rather than having a particular idea or motif in mind from the outset. Through sabotaging our habitual ways of working we allow the subconscious to surprise us, and the medium itself to shine without being constrained by what the picture is ‘supposed to be’. We learn to watch the unpredictable image as it emerges, and to respond to it. By experimenting like this we can really free ourselves up, and these techniques can be incorporated later into any genre such as landscape, still life or figure painting. Watercolour and gouache can be used as a precursor to the mixed media, including collage, collograph and monoprint, where this same approach is still relevant.

If there are people who have already been to one of these workshops, and need to develop their previous work, or want to do something slightly different, then the programme can be adjusted to individual needs. The negative shape drawing is, however, an essential ‘warmer up’ to any kind of painting.

I’m again doing some ‘special interest’ workshops again, (see below) where we will start with drawing and then move on to a specific project. No previous experience is necessary.

NEW for this year are Feltmaking with Carolyn Young, and Monoprinting and Collograph, both of which I have been experimenting with over the winter.

Dates for 2012:

May  Tuesday 15th  Mixed media and COLLOGRAPH. Collographic plates are made by creating a low relief surface with all manner of materials – card, string, cork, natural fibres and materials. These are stuck onto card, varnished and then used as the printing plate.

May   31st Thursday Mixed media painting

June  Saturday 16th  Mixed media and MONOPRINT Monoprinting is one of the simplest and most effective printing techniques: ink up the plate and then draw on the back of the printing paper, which is placed face down onto the plate. A marvellous range of effects can be explored.

July   Sunday 1st Watercolour Just transparent paint on white paper, but there is so much more to it than that. This most subtle of mediums requires above all a fluency achieved through constant practice, a mixture of panache and control.  As last year, we look at some of the early masters, Turner, Girtin, Bonnington, as well as contemporary practitioners. The day includes simple colour mixing, washes, glazes, resists (masking fluid, wax etc.) – and using lots of water!

July  Wendesday 18th  FELTMAKING with Carolyn Young

Carolyn has exhibited with the Pembrokeshire Craft Makers and Newport Collective, and created privately commissioned pieces. In this workshop she will demonstrate basic felt making techniques, to be developed creatively. You will take at least two pieces home and all felt making equipment and materials will be provided. Please do bring along other art materials e.g. threads, silk chiffon, textile crayons or inks.

August 31st Friday  Drawing   Some perspective drawing. Developing the ‘negative shapes’ by observing cows, sheep, trees, or the plethora of interesting objects in the barn.  5 minute drawings and longer studies, using line and tone. Using different drawing implements. Discussing the differences between drawing and painting, and looking at master drawings, old and new. Some copying if you wish.

September Wednesday 12th  COMPOSITION, including the use of collage. Composing a picture entails shape, proportion, interval, scale and the principles of composition remain the same whatever the subject. Collage allows us to move the elements around freely.

MATERIALS TO BRING Acrylic paints, brushes and coloured inks, (not too many different colours) as well as rubber ‘colour shapers’ (these can be bought from art shops) For drawing, good quality cartridge paper and SOFT pencils; for painting, offcuts of mounting card, coloured paper for gouache, canvas boards or canvases, and primed paper .White gouache for impasto; old kitchen pump sprays can be filled with diluted ink for interesting effects. For printmaking please bring sharp knife and usual paints and paper. To whet your appetite, a quick google search  will reveal many sites about monoprints and collographs.

Please contact me if you need advice.
Elizabeth Haines 01437 532 498 or