Sunday, 29 September 2013

Hands - on Art!

Drawing your non-writing hand with your writing hand:

Drawing  the human hand is probably one of the most difficult tasks even for the more accomplished artist.
It requires focus, concentration, perception and observation..which the right side of our brain is responsible for. Unfortunately we tend to use our left side of the brain most in our busy, analytic and achievement driven daily lives. So as artists....and healthy human beings....we need to practice, for example, the use of pure perception, without any judgement ('this is wrong, looks horrible, I can't draw!', etc.), just observing the lines and shapes in front of our eyes and carefully following these with our pencil in the drawing hand.
The results are astonishing, as you can see from the images below. A couple of students have not done any drawing since early childhood!
I have based this session on Betty Edwards' book 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain' (4th Edition).

Patrick & Jeannie focusing.....

Ann's Hand....

Ann reflecting...

                                                             Jeannie's 'Handy' Work....

Patrick's Hand......

Patrick's Job Lot.....

Sarah observing her Hand....

Almost finished!

Sunday, 22 September 2013

A New Term, New Team & New Art

Abstract Charcoal

Artists at work.....

Paper Sculptures

Ann's Abstract Charcoal

Jeannie's Abstract Charcoal

Patrick's Abstract Charcoal

                                                                  Radical Radiance 2

Fish Detail

Eye Detail

Toilet Brush Detail

Sunday, 8 September 2013

The End of the 'Being Creative Course 1': Feedback

Extracts from written feedback by participants:

'It was excellent and Silke is a wonderful, relaxed, friendly and inspiring teacher.'

'I found the art class at FN fun, creatively inspiring and mostly, at odd times, great at boosting my confidence.'

'I liked Silke as a teacher. Silke is a very approachable, generous lady with masses of knowledge on all types of artists, media and crafts.'

'I have gained a lot from the course, not just art-wise.I have become social instead of an isolated loner and really enjoyed being with the other members of the group. I have made a new friend and have met up with them outside of the course, so I have gained a great deal from this course.'

' I really enjoyed the course and doing different art activities each week and being challenged to try new mediums in ways I wouldn't have, if not on the course.'

Thanks everyone! It was an honour to be part of your artistic and personal journeys!

The 'Being Creative Course 2' resumes again on Wednesday, September 11th, 10am - 4pm, at Furniture Now Training Centre in Lewes. All welcome, no experience necessary. Classes are free to those on benefits or the unemployed.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

'Being Creative Group' @ Lewes ArtWave Festival 2013

We have done it!

The flyers have been printed and the artworks have been framed and displayed at the Furniture Now warehouse in Lewes, East Sussex.
The artists (and teacher!) are exhausted but very proud at the outcome.
The normally rather functional, dark warehouse floors have been transformed into a 'pop -up' gallery space for two weeks.
The feedback from staff and regular customers are phenomenally positive and encouraging, with lots of interest in the course (which will start again in September!).
So, here we go...some pictures taken on the opening day!

The Welcome Area.....

Chic-Ken, Fish and Bowls!

Hearty Musical Chair!

Four Musical Drawings...

Panel of Mixed Media Works 1...

A Chair fit for a Queen!

'Radical Radiance' 

Two beautiful Baker-Girlz!

Stylish Chairs.....

A Wall  of Art.

Alien, Face, Dolphins & Squares

More ArtWaves upstairs!

Blue Still-life....

Tote Bag & Bowls....

Green Still-Life!

Job Lot...


Panel on the Blue Side.