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Beginners Courses – Week 4

Hi everyone

You did fantastic work this week!  The pattern course produced some amazingly colourful pictures based on African prints which looked great, especially when we arranged them altogether.  The drawing course took on a new challenge in trying to create different tones by using just a black pen and cross-hatching technique.  We worked on our speed in the animal portraiture class by making some very quick sketches of meerkats one after another to create a more spontaneous style of drawing – very handy if your subjects won’t stay still for long.  The pastel class tried out a new technique using only 3 colours and working on a varied background.  It was a completely different style to how you have been working so far, so well done to everyone for having a go.  I am loving seeing all the wonderful pictures you’re producing and seeing such varied styles of working.  I can’t wait to see what you all come up with next week.

See you soon.

Wendy

P.S.  A few people have asked me if there is any break in our courses for half-term.  So just to confirm, there is no break and we have 3 more weeks of lessons until the end of the courses.  The very last lesson for this term will be Thursday 18th February.  The next term will start around the end of March/beginning of April (exact dates to be confirmed) and I will have further information on this in the next couple of weeks.  So watch this space!

     


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Beginners Courses – Week 3

Hi folks

I think we can all agree that this week was a toughie but just look what you can achieve when you just step out of your comfort zone and push yourself that bit further.  The pattern course used Art Nouveau as inspiration for creating beautiful decorative letters.  The drawing course took on the great “Pinecone challenge” (not for the faint hearted) and proved that you can tackle even complex objects if you take it one step at a time.  The animal portraiture course tried out yet another medium this time – watercolour, and produced some fantastic paintings using only 5 colours.  The pastel class had a real challenge in drawing white objects on a white background which takes some thinking about but you all did brilliantly and really experimented with your colours.  Well done everyone!  I’m so pleased with how well you’re all doing so please be proud of how far you’ve come in just 3 weeks.

See you all next week.

Wendy

     


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Beginners Courses – Week 2

Hi Everyone

This week the Pattern Course looked at Indian Henna Tattoo patterns and created some of their own designs using ink.  The Drawing Course started to build on skills learned in the previous lesson and made some observation studies of plants.  In the Animal Portraiture Course we got messy with charcoal and elephants.  And in the Pastel Course we got messier still using natural forms as our subject and practising colour mixing.  You’ve all done some fantastic work this week and I can see you are already making progress in only week 2!  Keep up the good work.  Next week will offer up yet another challenge for everyone.

Looking forward to it.

Wendy

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Beginners Courses January 2016 – Week 1

Happy New Year everyone!

The new term started this week and it was great to see you all with pencils and paints in hand, ready for a creative 2016.  The Beginners Pattern Course began with some Aboriginal style paintings while the Beginners Drawing Course Level 2 looked at how to build up a picture using basic shapes.  We did pencil drawings of dogs in the Beginners Animal Portraiture Course and the Beginners Pastel Drawing Course took inspiration from the Impressionists.  I was a great first week and very exciting for me to see how you are all tackling new subjects and techniques, well done everyone!  Hope you’re all looking forward to next weeks lessons.

See you soon.

Wendy