Looking Classes

The text below says it all – we were all hoping to return to some-kind-of-normal by now. I had great feedback from these two free workshops and an enthusiasm for future workshops and classes.

When the time is right they will happen, but not until we can meet without risk to any participants. When things open up more I shall write a blogpost and update this page. In the meantime, I am available to provide mentoring, support with funding applications and consultancy in public art projects.

4TH MAY 2021 – FREE tasters

We have a very beautiful church in Newnham on Severn that not only has wonderful architecture and wildlife to draw, but has fantastic views of the Severn and the Cotswolds behind it. My drawing of a panoramic view that captures it is one of my most popular prints (it is over a metre wide).

(C) Carolyn Black

And it is perfect for outdoor drawings classes!

I am offering 2 FREE taster sessions at St. Peter’s Church on 8th and 15th May (Saturdays) at 3pm for 1.5 hours. Our vicar welcomes us to come along and we can use chairs from the church if needed. And we have shelter if it rains. Social distancing does still mean me + 5 and I’m afraid the 15th May is almost booked up now. There are a few places on 8th.

I have a waiting list and I notify people on it when opportunities arise. Please subscribe click here.

IN THE ROOM LOOKING CLASSES

WE WILL DO THESE WHEN WE CAN. HOPEFULLY IN JUNE. COME BACK AND CHECK

Because young people are having such a grim time with their education, I plan to make some places available for them to join in for free – to help them with their school exams in art. If you know anyone that fits that bill (school age only) tell them to subscribe too!

WHY ARE THE DATES NOT SET YET?

Because of social distancing and compliance with the ‘rules’. This must be taken very seriously and the classes will only take place when they are allowed to do so. Tables will be spaced appropriately away from each other and the class size will probably need to be quite small. If we fix a potential date but then can’t run, I will notify you and offer an alternative outdoor scenario – if that is rule-compliant at the time. I’d be grateful if you would be understanding if this happens, and only request a refund if you are unable to do an alternative date. Having to be flexible creates far more work in planning and rescheduling, so I hope to not be in that position.

WHY LOOKING CLASS?

I teach observational drawing, sometimes in a non-traditional way. So it is open to all who have a curious approach to drawing, are happy to experiment and explore new ways of seeing and recording.

I call my drawing classes ‘looking classes’ because that is what we do when we learn to draw. It also makes reference to a looking glass, as in a mirror. It is about finding the right way for you to express how you see the world.

IS IT SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS?

I’ve been asked whether my classes are suitable for beginners. As long as you come with an open mind as to what drawing can be and prepared to relax and explore, you’ll be fine. We’re not seeking perfection, we’re developing our personal visual language. It may not be suitable for those who wish to complete a perfect picture for framing (though you may well find you do!). There are some great classes out there to learn that way and lots of online videos.

It is likely that if you have done some formal art education, or are an experienced artist, you will find the classes liberating. We will do things that involve letting go of expectation and being prepared to explore new ways of working.

DO I NEED TO SPEND A LOT ON BUYING SPECIALIST MATERIALS?

No, better to have a small range of good quality materials than a large range of cheap stuff. I’d recommend charcoal, putty rubber, soft pencils (at least 2B), maybe some black ink and a soft brush, chalks etc. Due to the space we use, dry materials are preferable to avoid spills and stains. But anything is possible.

I will have a supply of charcoal and chalk for people to try before they decide to buy anything. When it comes to paper I recommend that you use A3 at the smallest, but preferably have a range of sizes. Again, I can supply some things like A1 cartridge at cost price. If you want to work wet, you’ll need suitable watercolour paper.

You will be given a programme in advance for each workshop outlining the materials you will need and flagging up things I can supply.

FOR DAY COURSES SHOULD I BRING A PACKED LUNCH?

Yes, please do. You can have access to a microwave/cutlery/plates etc. in the building. Or even easier, pop to Shop at the Ship to buy something fresh and quick there.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

I’m afraid until I know how many people we can have, and the price of a space, I cannot yet confirm the cost. The full day workshops will run from 10am – 3pm with an hour for lunch (bring your own).

FEEDBACK FROM 2018 COURSE

“It is very satisfying to be able to try different materials, techniques, scales, and I enjoy exploring. I have no formal training in drawing and want to learn to observe.”

“Had a great day in Newnham being taught how to draw by Carolyn Black. As someone who hasn’t drawn anything since art classes in school I’m feeling pretty accomplished. Really pleased to have gained enough confidence to keep practicing.
Thank you, Carolyn 😁😁

“This was a class led very professionally by and with huge support from Carolyn Black. Thanks C, I really enjoyed getting back some me-time and some drawing in.

Cane drawing – a technique used by Matisse

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have an MA in Fine Art, Post Grad Diploma in printmaking and a BA Hons in Fine Art.

I taught adult education for several years (have FAETC qualification) and GNVQ’s at Filton College. I work as a curator/producer and arts consultant, and occasionally mentor artists too.

I continue to develop my own practice, which, as this website shows, is mostly about the River Severn.

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