Devon Life drawing classes – COVID 19 changes – ZOOM
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ZOOM classes are a welcome means of continuing to draw with friends.
All skill levels welcome. Zoom is very easy to use and surprisingly great for drawing the nude. See below for class format
In the light of current restrictions, I have decided to change the structure of my live classes. I have devised a new set of classes to celebrate and renew our learning of drawing, painting and mixed media for this term.
Life drawing continues on zoom, Weds am 11 til 1pm, and Thurs pm 6,30 til 8.30 £48 for 4 classes. If you have friends or relatives around the country or world this is a lovely way to keep in touch.
Portrait Live continues at Art House on Weds pm 7 – 8.30pm £10 a session: Start 12th Jan 2022
Thursday mornings Live at Art House: Start 13th Jan 2022
Under the umbrella of Woody’s Art Bites, rather than focus on life drawing alone I am offering a series of classes that will be driven by the material we use on the day. It may be charcoal, graphite, ink…a mixture of two or more, and many other mediums. Basically, this will be a course to enlarge your vocabulary of mark making through experimentation AND technique. I strongly believe that if you know what to do with something you can then go on to experiment. It is equally valuable to pick up something you know nothing about and play with it to see what happens. The structure of the course will help with observational drawing alongside developing your own style. We will begin using one medium and the experience will grow organically as we proceed.
This course would suit the novice as well as practicing artists, especially if you were looking for a new direction, or revitalising. We will take inspiration from past and present masters, working with still life, plants, photos, casts and interesting installations, using exercises to relax and let go and techniques to learn ‘how to’.
I want to include modern methods from Acrylic to Watercolour, with tempera painting using egg yolk, or grinding pigments to make colour and gilding with gold and copper leaf. As with all my classes, they are designed for maximum fun and minimum anxiety!
Please email me to book a place on Thursday mornings 10 til 1. I have 8 spaces. Materials are included I will make up individual packs that you can take home, plus I ask a bit towards paper. 3 sessions £66 and if you want to keep your place 6 sessions at £132, or just book ahead.
We will be well spaced with good ventilation, and wear a mask when moving around, keeping hands clean along with communal areas. Hoping to see some of you there,
Wishing you all a happy and fulfilling 2022,
FORMAT:I start with quick sketches to warm up and then introduce several drawing exercises for fun and to relax which you can partake in or not — as you feel. The poses will vary in length beginning with 1 minute and up to 30 mins. If we have a day course I am happy to extend pose times.
My models are different every week, and I have both male and female models who all give a great variety of poses and attitudes.
It’s important to not become stuck in one way of working and for this I advise and can supply lots of different mediums to work with. I believe this helps with improvement of hand / eye coordination, observational skills, control of the hand and the general enjoyment of mark making. It’s a joy to encourage people when they discover what works for them, and many tools help with self-expression and the freedom to play.
I’m very relaxed and there is no judgement, just the joy of creating. We use a WhatsApp group to share our drawings and it’s also a place I can send videos as examples of the various exercises we use.
BOOK to receive a link to attend our class
I run classes on Wednesday mornings -11am til 1pm
Thursday evenings, 6.300pm — 8.300pm,
There is a quick break to grab a drink or have a stretch 😊
Testimonial for ZOOM drawing – “I wanted to say I’m so enjoying the class, I like the pace, and the time just flies by. You are a great teacher and set it all up so well for us, so thanks for giving me the confidence to take part. I usually go for beginner classes which are so slow they completely put me off, so now I’m retired and we all have to stay at home so much, this has given me renewed vigour to “ start again”. ”
LIVE PORTRAIT (WEDNESDAY) AND DRAWING (THURSDAY) DATES 2022
WEDS – 12th Jan – 26, Feb 2nd – 16th, March 2nd – 16th, 23rd – 6th April. May 4th – 18th, June 1st – 15th, 22nd – 6th July. Finish til sept.
THURS – 13th Jan – 27th, Feb 3rd – 17th, March 3rd -17th, 24th – 7th July. May 5th – 19th. June 2nd – 16th, 23rd – 7th July. Finish until Sept.
3 week bookings taken for live classes and 4 weeks for zoom. To book, please pay fully in advance: Portrait (1.5 hrs)£10 per session drop in , call first advised. Drawing (3 hrs) – £66 per 3 sessions. Zoom (2hrs) £12 per session EVERY WEEK EXCEPT SCHOOL HOLS
Here are my bank account details at Starling Bank.
Sort Code: 60 83 71
Account No.: 06429086
Isabel Coulton, The Old Hall, Church Street, South Brent, Devon TQ10 9AQ
I am available for talks and workshops on Life drawing, Portrait drawing and the making of Our Lady of Buckfast sculpture in stone. See the video here.
Testimonials from classes, workshops and talks
“I wanted to email you to thank you for an excellent workshop – the best I have attended. The immediate feedback I have received from people is all positive; if I do hear any suggestions I will let you know but it’s difficult to improve on brilliance! Indeed, we wondered whether you might be free for a repeat performance? “
Devon Art Society
“Just a quick email to thank you for an excellent talk yesterday. Your nerves were quickly replaced with your enthusiasm and I was really impressed by what must have been hours of preparation.”
Devon Art Society
“ Dear Isabel, I am putting together the workshop programme for 2019 and as your life drawing workshop was so popular last time, I wondered if you could be persuaded to run another one for us next year?”
Totnes Art Society
“I have been enjoying Isabel’s life drawing classes for 18 months. I appreciate her friendly, informal approach and her encouragement to experiment with different materials and techniques, different ways of looking at and perceiving the life model, yet underpinned with a thorough knowledge of anatomy. The experience has encouraged me to experiment more with other work that I do at home.” Holly
“It’s great to work with Isabel, she’s unassuming and honest and will explore all avenues of drawing. It’s a learning process and we learn together. And they’re fun! I would definitely recommend them.”
“A really fulfilling day with thoughtful and encouraging guidance from Isabel. Working in a group was enormously helpful in giving me the confidence to try out new ways of presenting a portrait. It was a lovely and varied group of people and we had lots of fun and laughs. In the beautiful setting of Dartington Hall the day was a fantastic treat and tonic. Many thanks Isabel”
“As a total beginner at life drawing I’ve been very lucky to find Isabel. My confidence and drawing skills continue to develop under her tutelage. Each week comes with new ways to draw, using many different mediums; encompassed in a fun and focused class!”
“I joined a life drawing group in London but there was no tuition and I really missed that. Isabel is full of ideas on how to loosen up, try out different mediums and generally explore new ways of depicting the models. Isabel works alongside us but help and advice is available if asked for and we share and learn from each other as well. There is a very relaxed atmosphere and I am thoroughly enjoying the Tuesday classes at Dartington.”
“I have been attending Isabel’s drawing classes with my daughter and we have both gained so much from them. The pieces my daughter produced where a valuable addition to her GCSE art, and Isabel’s gentle guidance really encouraged my daughters self expression to emerge.”
“I love attending Isabel’s classes, they are so relaxed and I never feel that my work is being judged, lots of lovely support and encouragement, so therapeutic. Thank you.”
“I have found the classes excellent value for money, relaxed and very informative. I love the way you get the balance right between giving feedback where it is wanted but not imposing it on people that don’t want it. The length of poses and the models are excellent, along with your guidance.”
“I really enjoy Isabel’s group. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. We are all different levels and Isabel gives fun exercises to help us explore texture etc and encourages us to express ourselves freely. She gives helpful general suggestions of how to approach a subject but also encourages you to find your own way. But if you need more advice she gives concise pointers. Isobel provides all the materials and I have experimented with different mediums which I have enjoyed. I don’t feel pressured in her class so I am more relaxed and feel free to experiment. Recommended!”