Monday, 9 June 2008

JUNE WORKSHOP

This first photo is of a small section of the garden objects displayed.
The plan for the workshop on Saturday was manyfold - helping members select from a large array of garden equipment spread out over three heights from floor level and about 6 foot long by preparing two landscape, two portrait and one square thumbnails of a chosen portion. Then selecting one of these during discussion with me to sketch up larger and in some cases crop and change format.


These sketches were then used to draw a full scale piece of work in their watercolour pads to paint during the afternoon.

As you can see, I had added various old curtains drapped at the back to give an interesting contrast to the garden objects.

This was the first time members had drawn or painted from other than table top - to help them see how different things look (especially ellipses as one noted aloud) from viewing downwards. The selection process was to help them understand how to home in on a specific portion of the scene in front of them in order to prepare for working outdoors. Thumbnails helped them to understand about composition and how a slight shift to left or right, or change to the format used, can alter the whole concept.

We also had three new members on Saturday and they worked on graphite sketches of bottles, cylinders, balls and boxes to help learn about proportions, spatial relationships, negative spaces, etc. Then moved on to graphite and watercolour tonal studies of a large copper kettle.



We all had fun though hard work was put in by everyone, helped by tea and coffee with biscuits in the morning and chocolate cake and bakewells in the afternoon !!!

SORRY ABOUT POOR PHOTOGRAPHY BUT YOU CAN AS EVER CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO SEE THE SKETCHES DETAIL MORE.

4 comments:

Robert A Vollrath said...

Perfect post! I enjoy these workshop posts.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thanks Rob for being such a regular visitor and commentor. Glad you enjoy the workshop posts. In the text I try to give a feeling for the day.

John and Margaret said...

As two of the aforementioned new members at the June workshop, we cannot rate the whole day highly enough. As absolute beginners we are certainly going to become regulars. Wonderful stuff Joan and keep up the good work.See you in July!!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

What a lovely message John and Margaret. So glad you will be regulars and I can have the pleasure of watching your progress. Look forward to seeing you on the 5th July.