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Beginners Drawing Course 2 – Week 6

You exceeded all my expectations this week.  Not only did I give you glass to draw, you also had water to contend with and all the challenges of reflections and distortions that come with it.  As always we broke up the task into different steps to make it simpler, giving us some fantastic results.  I’d be very happy to display any of todays drawings in the exhibition, so I hope you’re all going to be brave and submit some work.

Just email me if you need more information about the exhibition (Costellos Bakery, Headingley, 14th & 15th August 2015).

See you all soon.



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Beginners Drawing Course 2 – Week 5 + Summer Exhibition

Welcome back to everyone after our half term break.  We kicked off the second half of the course by trying something a bit different.  Using fineliner pens instead of pencils we created different tones by using cross hatching techniques.  We had to work out how to show where the light falls on the objects and the shadows this creates whilst also using cross hatching  to show differences in the colours of the objects.  Not an easy task but I knew you could handle it.

It’s time to start believing in your own abilities now.  You’ve all improved so much since lesson one that you should now have more confidence in your work.  With that in mind I’m very pleased to announce that Leeds Art Group will be holding it’s first ever Summer Exhibition at Costellos Bakery, 61 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3AB on 14th & 15th August 2015.  A bakery may seem like an odd place for an exhibition but rest assured that Costellos have a big room upstairs where we can display our masterpieces and as most of you already know, Costellos also offer 10% off all food and drinks to Leeds Art Group members (just show your card at the till).  So that’s two very good reasons for visiting Costellos!

If you would like to submit a piece of work for the exhibition please email me at leedsartgroup@yahoo.co.uk (or use the contact page) and I will send you all the details.  It’s free to submit and it’s open to anyone who has ever taken part in a Leeds Art Group course.  So don’t be shy, let’s show everyone what we can do!

I’ll look forward to seeing all your works of art!



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Beginners Drawing Course 2 – Week 4

This week we looked at learning how to draw with the right side of the brain and used a series of exercises to explore how this can help us to draw exactly what we can see.  We then looked at negative space and how it can help us to get everything else in the right proportions.  There were some difficult concepts to get your head around this week and although it may have seemed difficult at first, I’m really pleased with how well you all understood it by the end of the lesson, well done!

Don’t forget, there is no class next week.  The next lesson will be Monday 20th July.  So enjoy the break and keep practising!