Sketching on the beach at Aldborough, September 2015
ART GROUP INFORMATION - The term runs for ten consecutive weeks - roughly in line with the schools. Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9.30-12.30 in my garden studio, materials are not provided but coffee certainly is! The group is organised on a first come first served basis and a cheque or online payment is guarantee of a place. Please ring 01608 676504 or e-mail (see tab below) if you are interested or would like to go on the waiting list.
These mornings are small and friendly, with all media and levels welcome. The focus is on helping individuals to develop their own style with confidence and not to copy the way I work. This ethos forms the basis for tutored painting tours in and around Europe, where I have been tour leader/tutor for Arbuthnott Holidays; Steppes Travel and La Dogana Summer School, Umbria. Taking inspiration from the masters and my own experience at drawing school in Florence, I use tried and tested techniques to help develop hand/eye co-ordination in my students whatever their level of ability. During the chilly Cotswold winter there is always a quirky still-life on the go for the whole group. In the summer, we are to be found out and about, sketch books at the ready.
Life-Class workshops have become a regular feature here in the studio. There is of course, no better discipline to further your drawing technique. Even if the live figure is not your thing, the mere practise will imprive all other aspects of your art and observation. The use of pure colour is important to me and I give watercolour workshops and demonstrations on this subject. This has taken me to some interesting village halls to give talks and demonstrations. Bury Knowle Art Group(Oxford) The Charlbury ,Lechlade and Chipping Campden Art Society and the Windrush Pure Watercolour Society.
Still-Life: It is currently fashionable for artists to use a ‘cut and paste’ method borrowing ready-made objects and images and combining them to create a picture. Drawing itself becomes a side-issue in this slightly ironic take on things. It is also trendy to what I call ‘not draw’ … and ‘not paint’ however you really do need to be able TO draw before you can do this. You have to understand what is already there before you can leave it out! By learning to draw, you find that you observe more closely, becoming more involved with the ‘here and now’ and therefore your own creativity is developed to the full.
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Amanda Cooper, Bolters Farm, Chilson, Chipping Norton,OX7 3HU
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