DIANES ART CLASSES TIMETABLE
The solstice has passed so the nights are getting shorter from now on! .
We have had a very good Autumn term in Youlgrave, some fantastic art work has been produced by everybody. Even total beginners to the class have produced some wonderful work. Each week we have a project which the class can participate in. For example, drawing, colour mixing in water colours and acrylics, copying an existing work of art, a lesson on sketching techniques, portrait drawing, botanical drawing, 3D work, ink drawings, pastel work and much more. A student can always opt out of the suggested project and work on their own project and I will be able to help and give advice.
The Youlgrave classes need to be booked for the whole term, as we are following structured sessions. The classes on a Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon are totally interchangeable. So if you cant come to the class you have registered for you can swap it for time at the other class. So that means you should be able to attend a full 10 weeks
For the first week we will be practising observational drawing with both classes. So please bring a cartridge paper sketch book and a fine line ink pen and something mechanical/ or metal tool to draw e.g. spanner, bunch of keys, hand held rotary food whisk, ratchet spanner, hand drill, brace and bit, old fashioned hand mincer.
A time table of the 9 other weeks will be pinned to the notice board in the Reading Room. The projects this term will include perspective, composition, wire sculpture, pastel drawing, monoprinting, lino cuts, acrylics, water-colour, botanical painting, ink and stick drawing, chiaroscuro. Beginners will have their own programme.
I shall look forward to seeing you again in March. In the meantime Angus Stokes will be running his life drawing sessions in Bakewell on Wednesday afternoons starting 9 January (firstname.lastname@example.org) Details below
TIME_TABLE for SPRING 2019
March 6 .observational drawings fine line ink pen, cartridge paper, bring a mechanical object.out of tool box or cutlery drawer e.g. rotary whisk, set of keys, spanners, iron
March 13 .Wire sculpture, florist wire, pliers good photo of a bird or animal to work from.
March 20 Pastel techniques, Pastel paper or sugar paper, pastels, stiff brush, rubber Photo of waves or water.
March 27 .Continuing pastel techniques
April 3 . . Monoprinting, A4 sheet of Perspex, computer paper Perspective,water soluble
Printing ink dark tone Black/Brown Roller, newspaper or sheet for table, apron.
April 10 .Perspective, Cartridge paper ,pencils, photo of buildings. If good weather, outside.
April 17 ..Copy of a Picasso painting in acrylics, own choice of painting . Acrylics suitable board
or paper, brushes etc
May 1 Continuing Picasso painting
May 8 .Botanical water-colour painting, bring plant, water-colour paper, paints brushes
May 15 ..Pen and ink sketching, bottle of ink, stick pens, sketch book, brush.
March 7 Observational drawing same as Wednesday class
March 14 ..Impressionist Painting. Choose own favourite Cezanne painting, acrylics, brushes
March 21 .Continuing Cezanne painting
March 28 Discussion about composition, sketch book and pencils
April 4 ..Lino printing, small sheets of cut lino, water soluble printing ink, gauge, computer
Paper, newspaper for table apron. Materials can be bought from Turners in
Rowsley industrial estate.
April 11 .Perspective drawings, outside or from photos, own choice of media
April 18 ..Continuing perspective
May 2 ..Chiaroscuro setting up own still life in box, cartridge paper, charcoal, lamp ?
May 9 .Wire sculpture, florist wire, pliers,, paper mache, sculpting body parts
May 16 Mixed media work from fruit and veg. watercolours, pen and ink,
I shall look forward to seeing you again soon .
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LIFE DRAWING IN BAKEWELL, DERBYSHIRE
Friends Meeting House, Church Lane, BAKEWELL, DE45 1EL
Wednesdays 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Classes restarted 9 January every week for 12 weeks
All ability levels. Angus Stokes tutors with help and advice if requested.
Drop in £15 for three hour session or discounted for a prepaid term payment
Male and female models. Short and long poses.
Occasional character clothed model, burlesque or sports
Cartridge paper and drawing materials available
Free drinks and biscuits
Art books and magazine display
Materials and art product news
Facebook closed group
Contact Angus Stokes if you wish to be added to his private mail list for these life drawing classes
Mobile: 07831 717773
Facebook : facebook.com/angusstokesartist
WHAT HAPPENS AT A LIFE DRAWING CLASS?
We usually start with quick drawings where the model poses for 5 minutes and you try to get as much of the pose as you can. The quick drawings 'get your eye in' and connects your eyes to your drawing hand. This loosens your drawing so that your drawings of longer poses are more free and well proportioned. It doesn't matter if beginners start with match stick figures, making simple marks on the paper is a good way of making immediate progress.
After the short poses we tackle a pose with more time to achieve a finished drawing. This is usually about 90 minutes. More observation gives time for a detailed drawing or painting. I tend to circle round the class and give assistance where required or requested during the long poses.
Any medium can be used. Most artists start with charcoal or pencil. Cheap paper is ideal for this exercise - sugar paper, wall lining paper, cartridge. I have boards , clips and free cartridge paper., charcoal and erasers
When the model takes a rest, usually every 20 minutes, most artists stand back and view their efforts from a distance. This makes it easier to see where proportions of the drawing need to be changed. This is also a chance to view the work of other students' work. Artists are a friendly bunch and always willing to give helpful tips or receive comment on their own efforts.
We have a break for tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat.
After the break we often resume with three 20 minute poses. You take home six or seven drawings after an afternoon or evening life class
The life drawing classes can help your drawing and painting skills in many ways. It can teach you observation as it is not until you try to draw something that you really start to look. You observe where one line is in relation to another. You start to look at the spaces between parts of the body, looking at the negative spaces between the limbs, It can teach you proportion and perspective by looking at the foreshortening of the body
I can teach you how to get the proportions by measuring techniques. How to line up the body and to see the central axis through the body.
Life drawing is a very good way of teaching the craft of drawing and painting . It is quite difficult to do at first but I know that once you can draw a body you will find it very easy to draw anything else. Definitely a good way for you to start seeing and observing for everything is within the human body that needs to be learnt for other drawing and painting skills. You learn and improve your skills with line, proportion, mass, volume, perspective, tone and colour By looking at colour and seeing subtle colour on the body will enable the student (you) to see more colour in the landscape and environment and thus increase a colour awareness and give more pleasure and appreciation to every day life.
All the different mediums can be used in life drawing
Pencil drawing where the use of the different weights of line can be employed different shading and blending techniques. How the rubber can be used to make marks and used as a tool rather than as an eraser.
Charcoal sticks - again how to get different weight of line and how this medium can be used for blocking in tone or making different textural marks.
Graphite, pen and ink, brush and ink, stick and ink, contι crayons, pastels, oil pastels, collage, all the different types of paints, the list could go on and on .... use whatever medium you choose.
Enjoy your art!