Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Creative Art Classes

I have finally decided to teach the mysterious ways of the artist.  I'm gathering an assorted amount of materials for the first theme of 'Old Fairytales', first sketching and creative drawing techniques and different ways of seeing.  Do you remember when you were a child when shadows in your room sometimes looked like something to be a little concerned about?  Maybe shadows under the curtains or shadows your clothes made in the closet?  I remember vividly the shadows under the window that my curtains made, mostly strange profiles of faces but some were also quite beautiful.  These are the imagination of children that as we grow older we sometimes loose this magical ability. We may get a glimpse at angels in the clouds or a dryad in the bark of a tree  that can bring back, even for a moment , the magic of this special sight.  This with the fairytale theme is what I want to show and drawing skills and experimenting with watercolour paints.

I love all of the illustraters of the 'Old Fairytales'.  Kay Nielsen, Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac are but a few.  Their paintings and illustrations  of beautiful landscapes and colorful characters for these timeless tales have let us carry these treasured images into our adult lives.
Illustration from East of the Sun, West of the Moon.   Kay Nielsen.

Cinderella.  Kay Nielson.

Dreamer of Dreams.  Edmund Dulac.

Edmund Dulac.

Undine.  Arthur Rackham.

So, with a good stack of cotton paper, graphite, and watercolour paints, we will see what magic can happen!   I will show you the work of these wonderful creative souls in my classes...if they will let me.
Later, next year, I will be teaching at full day or weekend workshops along side the classes with all kinds of inspirations. Artists journal making. Drawing from life. Decorative painting. Healing art and Abstract painting.  If you would like more details, please contact me.

Here are more of these wonderful  places to see more of these illustrations.