Season's Sketchbook: mixed media at Long Eaton Art Room
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About the Course
Helen Hallows is a mixed media landscape artist whose work captures the seasons and her connection to nature. This weekend workshop is an introduction to creating mixed media sketchbooks as a place to explore and record your creative journey inspired by the seasons. Helen gives demonstrations in how she prepares her sketchbook ready for drawing.
Working from a seasonal still life, Helen demonstrates different approaches to drawing that focus on shape, pattern and colour. Adding in collage and pattern develops your drawing research into a vibrant mixed media sketchbook. You will end the weekend with ideas for how to sustain your own creative practice and build your creative confidence.Suitable for those at any stage of their creative journey with a willingness to try new ways of working and deepen their creative expression. Other dates are available throughout the year, please get in touch for further details.
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What's included in the price?
Tuition is from 10-4. Most materials are provided, you will need to bring basic drawing supplies. Tea, coffee and biscuits available throughout the day. You will need to bring lunch with you. Long Eaton Art Room is a spacious venue with full disabled access and facilities.
I have been on the Spring and Autumn sketchbook workshops and both were a joy to attend. Helen always makes everything accessible whatever your ability, which makes for a lovely mix of people.
Inspirational and just a really nice day all round. Helen is fab!!
Corinne Lee-Cooke - - #6526
I was very inspired at the Autumn Sketchbook Workshop, October 2016. Helen took our group on an artistic journey of drawing and painting techniques with unusual aspects of layout. We explored mixed media using her treasure trove of materials. Helen's friendly and easy manner and helpful advice had us all producing artworks that we were proud of.
Following this creative day, Helen has inspired me to use more vibrant colour in my own artwork, and to incorporate new techniques and materials that I was unfamiliar with. I hope to attend another of Helen's workshops in 2017 to learn more !
Sylvia Leaver - - #6510
I very much enjoyed the Painting The Season (Autumn) Workshop with Helen in October. Even though I am not an artist and have done little painting before I felt that I could fully participate, enjoy myself and be inspired in many ways. Helen structured the workshop very well and first helped us to connect to autumn by bringing in items from nature, reflecting on experiences and selecting colours before experimenting with different materials and ways to express these experiences creatively.
I have found Helen's genuine enthusiasm about all our artwork very encouraging which made for a good spirit in our group. I was also given valuable advice and guidance how to make things work better or what alternative methods I could try. Overall, I felt very well looked after, creatively nurtured and spoilt by the choice of colours and materials as well as by her lovely lemon drizzle cake!
Bettina - - #6258
Painting The Season Workshop, October 2016
I really enjoyed meeting Helen and felt at ease within a well planned and supportive teaching and learning environment. Helen eased us into the day with her own spoken thoughts about Autumn. This was a new approach, and writing down my thoughts before beginning to draw and paint was immensely helpful and empowering, creatively!
There was masses of materials, paints, inks, glues, paper, tissues and magazines for our mixed media inspiration and everybody became deeply involved creating autumnal images! I did not really want to break for lunch!
Brilliant day and thank you, Helen for being such a great artist and teacher! I would recommend your classes to all my friends!
Pip Barfield - - #6229
Helens Spring Sketchbook day course was a perfect antidote to the grey, cold February weather! Inspiring, energising, liberating and fun.
Helen is a brilliant facilitator. Full of ideas, tips, encouragement she gently draws you into your own creative space until you are so buzzing with plans you don't want to stop!
Much preparation had obviously gone into the day. Plenty of hot drinks/biscuits etc. Space for all to work and materials galore to choose from. The class size means Helen has time for everyone individually and she is very generous with her help.
I would highly recommend this (or any of Helens) course for people of all abilities looking for an inspirational boost.
Bev Popplewell - - #5629
I went to Helen's Summer Sketchbook Course as I wanted inspiration to move forward with different ideas and ways of using a sketchbook. It was fabulous as we were guided through approaching the blank pages by creating backgrounds which we then sketched onto either in the studio or outside in the park. Helen gave guidance and support and lots of ideas in a very friendly atmosphere. It was good to meet other people who felt the same as myself. The day flew by and I learnt so much and definitely felt more confident about my approach to sketching and having so many new ideas to work with. It was a lovely day, I achieved so much and it has helped me to do so much more on my own. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone.
Debbie Matz - - #5624
I thoroughly enjoyed Helen's excellent Spring Sketchbook class which filled me with renewed creativity and self confidence. Helen's friendly approach to teaching meant I immediately felt at home in the studio where the class was held enabling me to very quickly absorb all the useful tips and skills she passed on. Since the course I have regularly used my sketchbooks and see them now as a great place to 'doodle' my ideas and thoughts filling the pages with lots and lots of drawings, sketches and ideas. Thoroughly recommended.
Kevan Porter - - #5593
I adored this day with Helen. The group size and mix of abilities was perfectly balanced. She was able to share her time with ease and comfort across the group.
We listened to a reading, written and performed by Helen, which set the mood for our Spring sketchbook class. We wrote a short peice about Spring and what it meant to us, then taking key words and phrases to find our colours. We even used some of our own wording in our final pieces. Making our creations personal and unique. I still use the technique she shared to create a colour palette.
I found her enthusiasm for creation infectious. We created our own backgrounds in an imaginative way, that it didn't matter whether you could draw or not. Pressing, folding, cutting, smudging, printing. There was a feeling of freedom and for that moment I found the ability to play, carefree as if the child within me had been released.
The relaxed, friendly and personable style of this very talented artist, made this day one of the most inspirational days I've had in my art journey, searching to create that illusive perfect artwork.
I highly recommend her classes and you'll never regret any time you spend with Helen.
Ruth Riches - - #5582
Really good day with plenty of help and tips to suit everyone's ability.
judith laundon - - #5501
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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
- Accessible by public transport
- Disabled access
- Suitable for beginners
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