Expression through art can be relaxing, liberating and fun.
In this workshop I'll be creating artworks alongside you, demonstrating mark-making activities live to help you to create expressive and intuitive abstract artworks. I'll be guiding you step by step, offering advice along the way, so that you can enjoy creating colourful abstract artworks, without worrying too much about the results.
In this workshop we'll be doing three drawing and painting exercises that will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to continue to try these techniques after the class.
This class is suitable for beginners or more experienced artists looking for a new direction. You'll get ideas on materials and what types of tools work well for mark-making, plus how to make your own tools!
You will need:
- Paper: 3-6 sheets - cartridge paper works well if using inks.
- Charcoal, inks (recommended for this workshop) also can include acrylics, pastels, crayons, graphite, coloured pencils or pens - whatever you prefer drawing or painting with - I'll be able to guide you with whichever art materials you have to hand.
- *Optional* twigs, dried plants or flowers, sponges, cloths, bubble wrap and more(whatever you have around the home that you don't mind getting paint or ink on) - to make mark making tools (see image below) and tape (masking tape works well) for attaching to brush or stick. *These are optional, but worth putting the effort to gather as you'll be able to make really unusual marks.
We'll be using Google Meet, the link will be sent after you register.
I'll also be including a playlist created specifically for this workshop that will hopefully get you into the flow to express yourself.
The workshop size will be small and limited to 25 participants, in the hope we can get to share our artwork and communicate our experience.
Your workshop facilitator is Alexandra Tidswell: I have a background in fine art and I am currently exploring the relationship between art and wellbeing and encouraging beginners to try art for the first time. Recently I have been working with my local community to develop art workshops and I'm looking forward to sharing art workshops with a larger audience!
Looking forward to seeing you there!