Whatever your level of ability you are encouraged to support each other and be aspirational but non competitive. A breadth of subject matter and source material is used which may be taken from artists’ work historic and living. Amongst others we have looked at the work of Henry Moore and his textile designs, Albrecht Durer and his fine drawing, Edward Lear as ornithologist and the specimens at the Tring Natural History History Museum, each theme is diverse and challenging.
A short introductory ten minute talk is given to enable the students to have a brief background to the chosen artist, each topic will usually last for a half term ie 5 weeks, this allows for a deeper enquiry and more sustained result. When able to, we go out painting and drawing to many local areas, as described above. We will occasionally have a costume model in the studio.
Watercolour is very flexible and varied with it’s myriad of applications, techniques are taught and demonstrations are given. Individual interpretation by each student is encouraged and a personal style evolves as a result. Good studio practice is encouraged and time honoured drawing and painting treatments are adhered to. Drawing is the underpinning throughout the course and this develops through the use of the sketch book.