Whilst our school is closed due to COVID-19, we are running our drop-in classes as online live streamed sessions and tutored groups online via Zoom.
We all learn in different ways and we find that our combination of structured tutored courses and open drop-in sessions offers sufficient scope for most of us to find a path for ourselves. These are all offered on-line via Zoom and readily accessible to all.
Each week there are three or more on-line drop-in sessions where there is no formal tutor and artists are free to pursue their own approach to painting or drawing. However if an artist wishes to have guidance or direction either the lead organiser or in some cases other artists will offer ideas on the zoom platform when we show each other our work-in-progress. This can lead to lively discussions which are both fun and educative.
If you’ve been thinking of taking Art Classes or an Art Course these zoom life drawing groups may well support or supplement your studies. As with an Art Course there is a sense of progression, not through any outside agency but through regular and honest application and effort. Making a commitment to oneself to draw seriously just once a week can have benefits that reach beyond the immediate image produced. The neural pathways opened up through observation and mark making can suffuse other areas of one's life and work with creativity – life drawing brings good things!
I just wanted to email to say thank you for the Introduction to Life Drawing classes this term. It was my first time drawing since I was at school, but I really enjoyed the whole experience — despite perhaps needing a bit more practice! The atmosphere you create is very welcoming and there is no pressure, despite the fact I had no experience.
Clare is a really thoughtful and insightful tutor, who draws on her own talents and experience to develop and nurture the individual styles within her class. She strikes the right balance between encouragement and constructive feedback, referencing well known and less well known artists to give inspiration when needed. I started her class without much experience of oil painting, but feel that her classes have not only helped me to paint more dynamically, but also to ‘see’ the visual image in a different way, looking beyond the physical outlines of a form to find the light and shadow.
David is an excellent teacher: sensitive, perceptive, detailed, always ready to comment on your personal methods and results rather than expecting you to adopt his way of seeing and painting.