Sunday, 16 February 2014

Drawing for the Terrified workshop

Well in actual fact that was fun :-) 

Saturday was my first Drawing workshop for adults. I have done them in schools before and with teachers but as I had been asked to run some initial workshops to test the waters at the new Burnley Arts Centre home of Burnley Youth Theatre. (Its new name from March).

We started with coffee and a round robin of what people thought they were terrified of.
I gave them a piece of willow with a bit of charcoal on the end and away they went mark making using the whole of the arm to control the willow. Some of the participants became attached to the willow and took it home to practice. We carried on with tactile drawing and continuous line all the time learning how to use the charcoal with more sensitivity and also learning how to see what we were drawing.

Considering at the beginning they all said they were terrified I think you will agree the drawings are marvelous. Practice is the key and all went home with some charcoal their new friend and some paper to practice. It was a good day. The new venue is lovely too, a little bit warmer than the mill and easy access to parking etc and no busy roads to cross so hopefully there will be more to come.

Discussions at the end of the class suggested a monthly Saturday morning Drawing group exploring techniques and using different media so If anyone is interested please let me know and I can add you to the list for future workshops and also if we get enough interest a new drawing group.

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