Workshops Observation into Imagination – A 2 Day Drawing & Painting Workshop

Observation into Imagination - A 2 Day Drawing & Painting Workshop
Monday 18 December - Tuesday 19 December 2023 10:00am - 4:00pm
St Margaret's House
Teacher: The Paper Stage (Anuschka Barlas & Alexandra Beteeva)
Suitable for: All levels
Price: £150 for the block (inclusive of one free life drawing class on the evening of Tuesday the 19th of December, 6 - 8pm) or £75 per daily session

Observation into Imagination – A 2 Day Drawing & Painting Workshop

Life model / Tutored / Materials Provided

This intensive 2 day workshop focuses on creating a series of drawings from observation and then transfiguring these works into more considered drawings or paintings in the studio, with the help of props, research material, our imaginations and the input of our peers.

Monday morning will begin with a presentation by the tutors on contemporary approaches to image-making that straddle drawing and painting, observation and imagination, and shared insights into why this can be a useful and exciting way of making art. This will be followed by a life drawing session with a model, where a combination of long and short poses will be used to generate imagery. In the afternoon, we will focus on pushing these works in different directions, by reworking and layering the drawings, or creating a series of small paintings.

On Tuesday, the focus will shift to still-life, including observational drawing exercises in the morning, as well as thinking about how to combine the figure with objects and space in our compositions. We will spend the afternoon painting, transforming and/or merging studies into new, more resolved works, informed by careful decisions about composition, colour and the material properties of pencil, charcoal, paint, etc.

Working for a sustained period in this way in a collaborative and encouraging environment should, ideally, motivate students to push themselves beyond what they would do so in a shorter class, and to really engage with the breadth and depth of possibilities afforded by the materials and knowledge at their disposal.

Tutors Alexandra Beteeva and Anuschka Barlas are graduates of the Glasgow School of Art (2022). As well as exhibiting in the UK and internationally, they teach fine art on a regular basis in Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond. In 2022, they founded The Paper Stage, an artist-run platform celebrating figurative drawing and painting, through drawing and painting classes, workshops and exhibitions. Focusing on grassroots and community engagement with contemporary art debates and practice, their aim is to provide affordable art tuition and support for the many, and not the few, making it accessible to people from all walks of life.

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Location details

St. Margaret’s House – Third Floor
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road
Edinburgh EH7 6AE

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