Artist & Tutor
21st January 2015
Fashion Art and History Around the World
We have been looking at various cultures and traditions in the Fashion Art class and this week we were drawing and learning the history of the Gele - African Head wraps. There are some informative demos on line as to how these are wrapped around the head, quite fascinating how a length of material or paper can be wrapped and shaped around the head into such elaborate shapes.
7th January 2015
Classes resumed this Monday and we have already completed some engaging projects. Please read my blog for more informaton.
16th December 2014 - Icon Art, Marilyn Monroe
Read my blog on this fascinating subject.
14th December 2014
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers ... and so concludes our series of famous dancers
10th December 2014 - Holly, read my blog on How To complete a study of a holly sprig.
24th November 2014 - Work in Progress, Ballet Dancers, please read my blog for information on how to complete this drawing.
12th November 2014
Using a Fan Brush to Complete a Painting - Read my blog on How To!
2nd November 2014
Corsets - Fashion Illustration In the Fashion Art course we are going to be drawing a series of corsets. Read my blog on Corset Art.
2nd November 2014 - Rainy London Street with Ranbow
Read my blog for further information on approach and techniques for this particular painting.
22nd October 2014 Faashion Art and Illustration Through the Ages
I have been asked will I be organising more of the above courses. My intention is to run the courses over three terms throughout the year. The first six week course taking place at the moment is an introduction to this fascinating subject and is proving invaluable to me as I learn all my students know themselves about this subject. We all have a pool of knowledge that makes for a very interesting and lively discussion during the lessons which all centre around the subject in hand. Start date of next course to be arranged soon.
Watercolour Courses - Subjects for Remaining Six Weeks of Term after half term break - Read my blog for update on lessons.
11th October - Fashion Art and Illustration Through the Ages - 1900s Style
11th October 2014 - Drawing Musicians
Read my blog for update on drawing lessons!
7th October 2014
1880's Fashion Illustration
The Fashion Art and Fashion Illustration Through the Ages course is now well under way. Below is our first drawing, fantastic to draw and paint lace and fabrics, the fabrics need supporting by the bustle.
21st September 2014
Fashion Art and Fashion Illustration Through the Ages commencing Monday 29th September 2014
This is a six week introductory course to this fascinating subject. Lessons are two hours in duration, 1.30 - 3.30 pm and the course takes place in The Pottery Room at Ardleigh House in Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch, Essex. Ardleigh House is a very nice location and the cafe is adjacent to the Pottery Room, where most of my learners congregate for a coffee and a chat either before or after a lesson or both! This makes for not only an informative lesson but also for a social occasion where you can mingle with like minded people who enjoy art and drawing. Please email me if you would like to enrol. The cost for the course is £60.
17th September 2014
Could not resist making this into a triptych.
15th September 2014
Back in the classroom today. We are painting a set of sunsets for the first four lessons of term, first one below.
8th September 2014
Most classes I tutor recommence next week. I am starting two more courses week beginning 29th September, Fashion Through the Ages, Monday afternoons at 1.30 pm and Pen Drawing and Watercolours on Monday evenings 7.00 - 9.30 pm. I have added some instruction on my blog page following Saturday's Flower and Landscape lesson, it was a great day!
19th August 2014
Saturday 6th September 2014 - A One Day Painting Course with me at Ardleigh House. £30 for the day, includes refreshments and lunch. Always a very enjoyable day, the time goes too quickly! There are four places remaining.
New Course - Fashion Illustration Through the Ages, Monday afternoons at Ardleigh House, commence date 29th September 2014.
Read my blog page for further instruction following last Friday's morning summer course on architecture.
12th August 2014 - Read my blog page regarding further mediums to consider when drawing roses.
10th August 2014
Friday Morning Summer Course
I am intending to run two further Friday Morning classes after this week as I have had a few requests on any other lessons during the summer. If you would like to take part in those lessons, please let me know. We start at 10.00 and finish at 1.00 pm, 11.15 tea and coffee break.
Read my blog for further instruction following Friday's Lesson on Drawing and Painting a Red Rose.
31st July 2014
Summer Courses are now underway with emphasis last week on landscapes. We have spent some time outdoors sketching. Read my blog for more information.
18th July 2014
Friday Morning Summer Course
I have three places available for the above course, please let me know if you would like further details.
11th July 2014
Noctilucent Sky Pastel Classroom Exercise today - I will put an explaination of the techniques to use in my blog tomorrow, this type of of seascape and night shining cloud was created just for pastel artists!
Fashion Through the Ages - Edwardian Fashion - A preliminary to the Fashion Through the Ages Course I will be tutoring in September. Mediums: soluble pen and watercolour pencils.
10th July 2014
Read my blog for update following today's lesson on Watercolour Sky Painting.
3rd July 2014
I have updated my blog following today's lesson on Glazing.
26th June 2014
I am tutoring some new courses from September time, details below.
Fashion Art Through the Ages, 1.30 Monday afternoons Ardleigh House
Pen Drawing 7.30 Monday evening Ardleigh House
Beginners Watercolours, 12.00 am Thursday Ardleigh House
22nd June 2014
Using Soluble Pens - read my blog for more information on using this versatile medium.
12th June 2014
Taj Pastel now complete!
12th June 2014
Poppies - Please see me blog for further instruction on painting these flowers.
31st May 2014
I am tutoring an Adult Education Pastel Painting course. We have been examining the use of analogous colours. For more information read my blog.
27th May 2014
Read my blog on the latest news, which regards pastel surfaces.
Taj - work in progress, Pastel soft chalks and pastel pencils on Sennelier card
25th May 2014
Saturday Sketching Course and Weekday Sketching Course.
I will be organising some sketching courses throughout August. These will all be held at local easily accessible places of interest in and around the Hornchurch area. Last year we visited Thames Chase Upminster and Langtons Gardens. We have also visited Upminster Windmill and also sketched scenes in the grounds of Ardleigh House. I will put a timetable together this week and add the dates and locations then. These are very enjoyable sociable events and anybody who enjoys sketching, drawing and painting is welcome to join us.
Last year we also had a trip to Alfred Munning's Museum, a fascinating place to visit and admire work by an Essex artist of great interest.
Summer Courses at Ardleigh House
Dates: Saturdays: 26th July, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, 2nd August, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, 6th September 10.00 am - 4.00 pm, 13th September 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Friday Course: 25th July, 1st August, 8th August, 15th August, 10.00 am - 1.00 pm This is a drawing and painting course
25th May 2014
Art Nouveau and Art Deco, read my blog for an update on classroom work.
8th May 2014
Read my blog to see what we have been doing in class.
Art Nouveau, a study in graded washes and fine line painting.
12th April 2014
Self Portrait Pop Art Style
6th April 2014
The exhibition of The Art House Group will be hung tomorrow morning at The Queen's Theatre Hornchurch, Essex. All paintings that are for sale are very reasonably priced. Lots of different subjects including landscapes, animals and portraits. We are having a Viewing Hour tomorrow evening, 7.00pm-8.00pm.
27th March 2014
Read my blog for information on painting camellias
20th March 2014
The portrait section of the courses continues with Pet Portraiture. This is a portrait of my pet cat Sir Tom.
Art House Group Exhibition April 2014
We are holding our annual exhibition at the Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch from 7th April 2014 for three weeks.
15th March 2014
Read my blog for update on what is happening in classes and outside classes!
5th March 2014
Read my blog for Self Portrait update.
Courses Summer and Beyond
I have had quite a few enquiries about any new courses I am intending to tutor. I am in the process of putting a brochure together and when that is complete I will upload to the Catalogues page.
22nd February 2014
Artwork of the Month. Monet's Garden. I have made a PowerPoint presentation of the stages of this painting so all classes can see how to paint this, from the background to the foreground.
17th February 2014
Catching up on some unfinished drawings, one below was from the Pen Drawing Course I am tutoring on a Monday evening at Ardleigh House.
16th February 2014
Half Term next week, time to catch up on any unfinished paintings or drawings. Read my blog for instruction and more detailed information.
Pen and Wash Drawing, Bridge 209 Oxford Canal. Compare to drawing below without any washes added.
6th February 2014
Misty Morning February 2014
London Nightscene. Slightly unfinished painting, read my blog for more informaton on how to paint a nightscene.
6th February 2014
Pen and Ink Course at Ardleigh House Monday Evenings 7.30-9.30 pm
The course is progressing well. This is the exercise we completed last week using a variety of pen strokes.
24th December 2013
My daughter got married last week, a wonderful occasion and a wedding is a perfect opportunity for any artist to draw and paint some beautiful and romantic drawings. Below is my first Wedding Drawing. Read more about the techniques used on my blog page.
Kathleen on her Wedding Day 19th December 2013
Using a Hake Brush
We have completed a further exercise in the class to practice using these brushes. Read my Blog to see what we have been painting.
Read my blog to see what classes have learned about using these brushes. I completed the painting below of Eastbrook End Country Park Trees Under Snow only using a large hake brush.
Classes Pages - Tutorials for Watercolours and Drawing
Just a reminder that I have added a lot of content to the above pages!
The Flamenco Dancer
We have just completed this exercise in the classroom.
Artwork of the Month Page
I am adding more images to this page so it does not just display one piece of work I have completed this month. I usually complete about twelve paintings and drawings each month. I will be selecting the best ones and adding to the page as and when. I will also add some text to give you some insight into how to tackle these subjects yourself.
Koalas, Watercolour on cold press paper
Back to Class on Monday!
Classes Pages, Updated
I have added lots of content to the classes pages. There is over 30 pages of tips and instruction in Watercolour and Drawing Tutorials. If you go to Watercolour Tutorials all the other pages for watercolours are within that section. Just click on the subject you want. You will find instruction on painting the above koalas and Gary Grant below as well as lots of other subjects. Do the same for Drawing Tutorials. It will take you some time to read through them all.
RAH! Just completed the painting below, a slightly different subject to our cute little koalas!
I have written new versions of the printed guides, with a lot more content in Dynamic Drawing, including instruction and exercises to follow on how to use watercolour pencils for portraits, people, fruit, leaves and flowers. The guides are now priced at £10.00 each plus postage and package. If you would like to purchase a set or one of the guides please email me.
Read my Blog Page for the news on all classes.
Artwork of the Month - Koala Bears