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Develop observational and expressive drawing techniques and skills, using nature and organic patterns as inspiration.

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This course will enable you to develop observational and expressive drawing techniques and skills, using nature and organic patterns as inspiration. Suitable for beginners with more challenging exercises for the more confident person wishing to explore aspects of their own practice.

This 18 hour course is split into 3 parts across consecutive Saturdays.

You will develop observational and expressive drawing techniques and skills, using nature and organic patterns as inspiration. This course has suitable material for beginners and more challenging exercises for the more confident person wishing to explore aspects of their own practice.

***To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660***

3 Saturdays from 5th - 19th March, 11am - 4pm (£125 for 3 day course)

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Programme

Session 1: Saturday 5th March

The first session will begin with a look at how the natural world has influenced art and design throughout history. You will look at examples from Celtic Art, William Morris, Art Nouveau and Gaudi.

You will do a series of simple guided drawing exercises looking at:

- Trees and tree branches

- Leaves, buds and growth shapes

- Climbing roses, focusing on intertwining stems

Weather-permitting, we will go outside to sketch from life, choosing your own subject matter from the garden and grounds at the Reader.

We will look at examples of Celtic, Victorian and botanical lettering. We will choose one letter or number to illustrate with our interweaving, organic lines, demonstrated by the teacher. First, we will draw in pencil, then go over it with a fine-nibbed pen, with the option of adding watercolour.

Preparation for next session: find/compose and decide upon two or three potential encouraging/inspiring quotes you can use for your illustration piece. Research fonts you like (no need to be Celtic/medieval – whatever style that appeals to you and suits your quote) – and bring to next session

Session 2: Saturday 12th March

The first part of the session will look at various composition options for our final piece. We will all do an exercise in composing and illustrating a border of our choice, exploring symmetry and repeated patterns.

We will look at examples of animals, birds and insects in Art Nouveau, fantasy/fairy tale illustration and Celtic art. We will choose something to sketch from printed material and decide if we want a motif like this to incorporate into our final piece with the quote.

We will look at lettering and decide whether we want to keep the lettering simple in our final piece or to use a certain font or design our own.

We will all choose an alphabet from printed material and practise writing a word from our chosen quote.

We will look at composition ideas and see examples of different ways to arrange them. We will look at the teacher’s own work and draw ideas about how to arrange our letters, making a rough copy.

When we have decided how to proceed, we will draw borders and measurements on A3 watercolour paper to arrange our letters and make sure each word has the correct spacing.

Session 3: Saturday 19th March

The third session will focus on incorporating our preferred elements of the course into our final piece, adding details and assessing each other’s work as we go. We will learn watercolour techniques and adding background colours, understanding how negative space helps our letters and illustrations stand out.

We will explore different ways of adding gold to our work, if desired, like the manuscript artists used to. We will look at examples using gold paint and gold leaf, and there may be a demonstration of gilding if there is sufficient interest.

To end the course, we will discuss what we learned and what we found easy/difficult. We will talk about what elements make a successful illustration. We will discuss the power of art to encourage and inspire people around us.

We will discuss how these skills can be used to make beautiful gifts such as house/door signs, coasters, greeting cards, prints etc and the practicalities of such endeavours.

Tutor: Madeleine Pires

Madeleine Pires is an experienced tutor and artist, who has taught drawing and painting to children and adults for many years.

Dates:

Saturdays from 11am - 4pm

5th, 12th, 19th March

Venue:

Calderstones Mansion House,

Calderstones Road,

Liverpool L18 3JB

Cost

£125 for 3 day workshop

Materials

Students are asked to bring the following materials to make the most out of the course:

Students are asked to bring the following materials to make the most out of the course:

• Sketchbook – A3 or A4, medium or heavy cartridge paper

• A4/A3 watercolour paper and small postcard watercolour pad if possible

• Drawing pencils – very thin point necessary, can be a mechanical pencil

• Selection of drawing pens, Uni pin Fineline or Faber Castell PITT artist pens recommended (0.5, 0.3 essential)

• Ruler

• Pencil eraser

• Brushes – supple, small and medium for detailed work

• Water colour box or pencils

Optional extras:

• Acrylic or goache paint – white, gold, red, magenta, blue, yellow

• Any other drawing medium you wish to explore

You will receive a full materials email with a discounted pre-filled Cass Art basket 2-3 weeks before the start of the course. To receive this earlier, please email info@dot-art.com.

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Notes:

There are a maximum of 15 places available on each session, so early booking is essential.

To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660.

Cancellations / Refunds

Once you have made your course booking you are committed to it. This is because our courses have very small student numbers, and often sell-out and are unavailable to others. Therefore any cancellations may result in a place not being filled, or a course not being able to run.

Cancellations are permitted up to 30 days before the start of a course, and a full refund will be issued. Refunds will not be made for cancellations less than 30 days before the start of a course. If you are unable to attend due to illness, personal or professional commitments you do not have the right to a refund.

If you wish to cancel your place on a course that has not yet started and you have a friend or colleague who can take your place we can accommodate this substitution.

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dot-art was founded in Liverpool in 2006 and specialises in affordable, high quality, locally sourced art. We work with over 100 artists to provide an unrivalled choice of original art and limited edition prints for home or business, as well as offering a range of complementary services including; commissions, art rental, art consultancy, exhibition planning and implementation, bespoke framing, art valuation and restoration and artist sourcing.

All our work supports our not-for profit arm, dot-art Services CIC, which exists to support North-West based visual artists, both emerging and established, through a range of services and opportunities designed to help them develop their careers and gain exposure and promotion for their work, as well as delivering a programme of art classes (see: dot-art.co.uk/art-classes) across a range of Liverpool venues; Bluecoat; Everymans Theatre, the Williamson Tunnesl, Make Liverpool and Baltic Creative; and dot-art Schools, our innovative inter school art competition, launched in 2012 (see: schools.dot-art.com). 

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