Monday, 6 October 2008

OCTOBER WORKSHOP

A small group met up on Saturday for our day's workshop on autumn leaves, berries, cones and acorns etc. We had visitors who were leaving the same time I went off to the venue, but after a good fry up breakfast together, I popped up the lane to pick some fresh holly with red berries, hawthorn with berries, blackberries in fruit, oak leaves and acorns in their cups to go with what I had collected in the week.

I left the students to choose their own subject matter from the above collection and things they also brought in from ferns to massive cones, but planned the day around a first pencil tonal sketch of one chosen object. Then again in pen.



After finding how to set the heating system as the morning went on and we began to realise we were well into our Autumn temperatures , we had a lunch break and discussed the afternoon's programme. Each gathered together a number of subjects and formed a composition to create a full watercolour.



Some very successful work and all inspired again after the summer break. We have Christmassy plans for the December workshop but on asking what they would like to do at the next workshop in November, it was unanimously declared they'd like to try their hand at acrylics. I was thrilled. Really looking forward to our day together with this fun medium.

9 comments:

Teri C said...

Your class sounds fabulous! Love the drawings and paintings. Thanks for sharing.

Kari Gibson said...

What a lot of lovely tantalising peeks into your day. It looks like it was hugely successful - got to love those Autumn colours!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Thanks Teri and Kari - I do enjoy planning these full days working with people who so much want to learn and we have such fun together. Seasons are very helpful when you dont use photos in the workshops and of course still life is a bonus. Working with acrylics for the first time next month.

Robert A Vollrath said...

What a wonderful post. Nice use of photos and the art was fantastic.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

I too think, Robert, that the 'students' are developing amazingly. Their freshness of colour, application of watercolour and composition has come on in leaps and bounds over the 7 monthly workshops.

Margaret Ann said...

A fabulous peek of the season...What a delightful workshop! :)

RHCarpenter said...

Beautiful examples, Joan. I would love to take that workshop with you, but I'm too too far away. Will have to create my own mini-workshop with acorns and leaves and such found here.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Yes, Rhonda I do think Kentucky is a little far from Norfolk England?? .. but enjoy working on y our own autumn collection - cones are devilish I tell you.

Thanks for popping in to see this workshop programme and commenting Margaret Ann.

Robyn said...

I love looking at your workshops too, Joan, I get the feeling that everyone has a great time and learns heaps.