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Since 2003 Jo has organised or led hands on drawing events in connection with ‘The Big Draw’ and the SGFA, and many SGFA Members’ drawing days. She also tutors short courses for the WEA, and independently at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

In addition to courses Jo is available to give critique events to Art Societies and Clubs.

Courses and one day workshops given to date are outlined below.

Suitable for adults at all stages in their artistic journey they are designed to be enjoyable but at the same time stimulating creativity and developing each participant’s skills. Most have been delivered as 5 to 8 three hour sessions but can be readily adapted to suit the client. Jo also runs one day workshops and has experience in leading weekend residential courses. Based in Maidenhead, Berkshire, she is willing to travel reasonable distances or to lead residential courses further afield.

Contents of all courses are available on request from johall@mhstudios.co.uk

Courses

The Art of Winter

The Art of Winter

Real and imagined landscapes, a look at the development of winter landscape painting. Reference artists; Bruegel; Caspar David Friedrich; the Impressionists; Eric Ravilious; Gerhard Richter; Richard Cartwright, David Hockney.


From Darkness into light

From Darkness into light

Exploring grisaille and glazing techniques in water based media.


The Urban Landscape

The Urban Landscape

Connection with topography, simple perspective, street furniture, infrastructure, urban parks, iconic buildings, the city at night.


Still Life in Mixed Media

Still Life in Mixed Media

A progression from drawing with charcoal/ink mixes to collage and mixed media painting. Each week a new technique is added.


Water

Water

Starting with Matisse: The Goldfish Bowl we will look at the properties of water; and depict water in domestic and landscape situations with pastel and/or water based media.


Watching the Landscape 1

Watching the Landscape 1

Understanding the landscape and its forms; the underlying topography, vegetation, enclosures, aerial perspective, acuity, rocks, water, skies.

 


Watching the Landscape 2

Watching the Landscape 2

Techniques of the Masters and other cultures; Romantic (Samuel Palmer); skies ( John Constable); Impressionist; Fauve; Enigmatic (Richard Cartwright); Australian indigenous; Contemporary (David Hockney, Judith Cain) gouache and watercolour.


Using Photo Reference

Using Photo Reference

Using drawing media and pastel this course explores ways in which photo references can be used creatively.


Pastel Skies

Pastel Skies

All kinds of weather and time of day will be considered, as well as vapour trails, moonlight, and misty days where one is unsure where the sky ends and land begins.


Tree Wood Forest Park

Tree Wood Forest Park

Trees in pastel: from the close up texture of bark to portraying distant forests, and the effects of sun light filtering through trees.


Supports for Pastel

Supports for Pastel

Use pastel on many different coloured and textured surfaces and learn how to prepare your own supports for pastel; often a less expensive alternative.


Pastel and Pastel Pencils

Pastel and Pastel Pencils

An introduction to working with soft (chalk) pastels.


Fabric Fruit and Flowers

Fabric Fruit and Flowers

These workshops explore composing with colour and pattern from the most vibrant to the most harmonious.


Rub Stroke and Scratch

Rub Stroke and Scratch

Drawing with alternative tools; indenting, sgraffito, frottage, transferred line etc.


Shake Spatter and Roll

Shake Spatter and Roll

Creating the illusion of texture in watercolour.


Ink Marks

Ink Marks

Different kinds of ink, different pens, drawing with sticks, line and wash, resist and simple print techniques.


On Your marks

On Your marks

An introduction to drawing; marks, line, tone, form, lighting, pattern, texture, ellipses and simple perspective.


Colour of Ideas

Colour of Ideas

Starting with primary colours, black and white, discover the world of colour mixing and colour interaction and use the knowledge to build vibrant or subtle compositions


One Day Workshops

  • An Introduction to Soft Pastel
  • An Introduction to Oil Pastel
  • Sgraffito with Oil Pastel
  • Frottage from found and constructed templates
  • Paul Klee and taking a Transferred Line for a Walk