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.
Some of the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Exploring grisaille and glazing techniques in water based media.
Connection with topography, simple perspective, street furniture, infrastructure, urban parks, iconic buildings, the city at night.
A progression from drawing with charcoal/ink mixes to collage and mixed media painting. Each week a new technique is added.
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.
Understanding the landscape and its forms; the underlying topography, vegetation, enclosures, aerial perspective, acuity, rocks, water, skies.
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 drawing media and pastel this course explores ways in which photo references can be used creatively.
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.
Trees in pastel: from the close up texture of bark to portraying distant forests, and the effects of sun light filtering through trees.
Use pastel on many different coloured and textured surfaces and learn how to prepare your own supports for pastel; often a less expensive alternative.
An introduction to working with soft (chalk) pastels.
These workshops explore composing with colour and pattern from the most vibrant to the most harmonious.
Drawing with alternative tools; indenting, sgraffito, frottage, transferred line etc.
Creating the illusion of texture in watercolour.
Different kinds of ink, different pens, drawing with sticks, line and wash, resist and simple print techniques.
An introduction to drawing; marks, line, tone, form, lighting, pattern, texture, ellipses and simple perspective.
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