zoom classes

Weekly zoom online art classes for all abilities. 

Free introduction to the zoom beginners class on Tuesday evenings, starting 19th January 7.30 to 9.30 pm,

Only 6 places remaining, if interested, contact me soon.

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You want to take up art, but don't want to travel to the nearest art class. Then consider doing zoom classes with me.

Never used zoom before? Worried about using this 'new technology' and feel out of your depth? No problem, because I'd never heard of zoom before last March. Now it feels so natural to use. If interested in joining any of the below classes, I will arrange a free introduction for you, to familiarize you with it so you can enjoy it. Members who use zoom are very happy with it.

Instructions on how to download the zoom app and join your first meeting, find out more...

The classes are designed to give you a relaxed and comfortable class which allows you to learn art.

Weekly handout sent to you explaining classes for the coming week.

The format of the class is roughly as follows. When all participants have joined, we relax with a drink and we take a look at the subject I will have sent you in advance. I then discuss it with you and explain the lesson outcome. I then start you off by demonstrating the first phase. You watch and then make a start and catch-up. I then continue with the next phase. Again you will follow on. We have several pauses so we can look at each other's effort and I can give you further help and suggestions. We end the session with a final look at your work, not to judge it, but to give positive feedback to encourage you. I never say to anyone that their work is 'bad', because art doesn't work on a it's either good or bad. The class is designed to teach you techniques.

Cost for initial art course, beginners. First week free, then if you want to continue £33 for 3 consecutive weeks. If more advanced, contact me for more information. Payment can be made by bank transfer.

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Beginners art class.

 

illustration 1.
Stand about 4 feet from the bottle, outstretch your hand, close one eye. Take the width of the bottle, put the pencil into the horizontal, and divide up to the top of the bottle as in illustration 2.

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To ensure correct measurements and proportions in a drawing and painting, I teach you the 'thumb & pencil' method.

Saturday morning life drawing class.

 

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This example, done by Andy
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The key to drawing the figure, or any subject, is to get the proportions correct!

 

Saturday morning life drawing class.

 

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Using your drawings from life studies, try experimenting with the painting process? This study by the late artist, Cyril Mann. A great example of expressionist painting.
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The key to drawing the figure, or any subject, is to get the proportions correct!

 

Tuesday evenings, 7.30 to 9.30

Beginning 19th January 2021, this week will be free, 

Cost from January 26th: £30 for 3 consecutive weeks, until 9th February. Then you can enrol for further weeks so that you can keep learning.

(if you live on Merseyside, then you might want to consider continuing the class at one of the venues, once they reopen)

Beginners art class. You will never paint well unless you get the basic drawing correct. You may have tried to draw at home, or in another art class, and quickly get frustrated because your drawing isn't like the subject in front of you! At this point, many would-be artists give up, which is a real tragedy. Problem is, there is a persistent myth that to be able to draw you need to be born with a natural talent. Untrue. Anyone can learn to draw in the same way you learn most things in life: drive a car, bake a cake, play a sport. Art is no different.

On week one, you will be introduced to materials needed, drawing. The first thing you will measure and draw is a humble bottle, to demonstrate the measuring system. Week two you will continue measuring and drawing, the subject now consisting of 3 items. And you continue to progress each week. By week 4 you will be introduced to using charcoal to turn your flat drawings into a 3 dimensional piece of art. By week 7 you'll probably start the painting process. Eventually you will be taught colour theory and how to mix colours, plus much more.

if you require more information, or to book, contact me

life drawing, two Saturdays per month

Obviously life drawing online isn't the same as when in the class-room, though it's proving popular with members. Yes, you work from home in comfort. For the best experience you can run a HDMI cable from laptop to your TV.  I am still able to give limited tuition and guidance.

Times 10 am till 12. Fee £12. If interested, just get back to me for more details.

painting, drawing the human form, two Saturdays per month

 

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From this image, done in the life class, I can then use this to develop further, with the painting process.

Two Saturdays each month you have the opportunity to develop your figurative work, whether from your own studies, ones off the internet, or what I can provide, to experiment and develop your painting process. A great opportunity to be with like-minded other artists. 

Times 10 am till 12. Fee £12. If interested, just get back to me for more details.

Mondays

Portraiture. You will be taught from the very

basics. Beginning with how to measure up a

portrait to ensure a likeness.

Tuesdays

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Watercolour. Top locks, at Laythom, nr Burscough.
By Roy Munday 

Portraiture 7.30 to 9.30 evenings

Portraiture is probably the hardest challenge for an artist. Reason, it's almost impossible to achieve a likeness in portraiture unless you place the features correctly. Often in experienced artists will just guess and hope for the best, but soon run into problems.

You need to have a measuring system to enable you to place the features exactly where they need to be. Once you've done this, often at a drawing stage, you will see a likeness emerge.

Flesh tones is another area where the inexperienced will falter. There are literally dozens of skin tones available to an artist, though you need to start with just two if a complete beginner. Initially we work with charcoal in the drawing stage. On the painting process we start off with black & white, so you can gain further experience at understanding tonal values.

The class is on-going so you can keep learning to help you become proficient in portraiture.

 

watercolour class, mornings 9.30 to 11.30

Watercolour class for those with some experience of using watercolour. You don't need to be very experienced to join this class, just an understanding of how to use the medium in a basic way. You will learn how to improve your technique. This class is designed to keep pushing you forward by experimenting with application of paint, even using ink, pastel.

It's not important to end the session with a finished painting, though often we do. It's intended that you 'learn'. I'm a strong believer in an 'impressionistic' approach - loose brushwork, more instinctive and spontaneous approach to watercolour, rather than a highly detailed approach, though if that is your preferred technique, fine, I will still give you help.

creative watercolour

 

 

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When you think creatively, even a simple subject, pair of boots, can be turned into a piece of art!

 

Tuesday evenings, 7.30 to 9.30

Creative watercolour class.

This class is designed for people who have some experience of using watercolour, but would like to explore other ways of working, other than a traditional way. You will be encouraged and shown how to take chances with application of watercolour, and includes the introduction of other media, such as crayons, charcoal, pastel or whatever you choose to include.

The emphasis is on experimenting, not to produce a 'lovely painting'. That will come later. You will be encouraged to work bigger scale, using bigger brushes. Work loosely, spontaneously, make a brush stroke and then respond to it with another. It's designed to release the creativity in you. You won't achieve this on your own, you do need someone to show you the way.

acrylic painting

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Liverpool's Liver buildings, evening.
by Roy Munday

Wednesday mornings, 9.30 to 11.30

This class is designed for people who have some experience of using acrylics, or indeed oils, as they work in a similar way. A reasonable knowledge of drawing up a subject is desirable. The format is the same as the other classes, once settled in, I will discuss the subject with you, then demonstrate. You will follow. We pause at times to catch up with you and to give feedback on your effort. We have a variety of subject, landscape, still-life, figurative.

Creative acrylics, mixed media.

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Even a humble subject, wine bottle and several pieces of fruit can make an interesting painting.
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A more expressive take on Liverpool football manager, Jurgen Klopp, mixed media,
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Wednesday evenings, 7.30 to 9.30

This class is designed for people wanting to take their painting to another, more creative level. Yes, people need to be shown how to release the creative side of their brain and this can only be achieved through tuition and guidance.

We use a variety of mediums, from simple drawing, including of inks, watercolour, acrylics, pastel, charcoal, collage and so on. When working creatively, there's is 'not right way,' or 'wrong way' to achieve a piece of art work!

You will be encouraged to release your inner-self, your own expressive way of working that cannot be really achieved in working strictly in a representational way. You will be encouraged to sketch, using more than one pencil at a time, for example. This will automatically loosen your drawing without little effort on your part. The painting process is about expressive use of paint, adding of collage and so on.