Students at work in the Sculpture Gallery
Do you enjoy art but would like to learn some new practical skills? We're now mid-way through a series of free drawing sessions at the Walker Art Gallery with artist Caroline Johnson, suitable for adults of all abilities, with all the materials provided. These sessions are about exploring your skills and our collections and learning in a friendly environment. Here Caroline tells us what she and her budding artists have been up to:
At the first session, we were in the Sculpture Gallery, experimenting with contour drawing at first,
then tonal studies to show form.
The human body's the most difficult of all subject matter to depict, and I gave hints on proportion and measuring- everyone looked like a real artist as we held up our
pencils and squinted! Having been obliged to draw plaster casts at art school when the model didn't show up, I admit I had an aversion to them, but a new appreciation emerged, simply by taking time to look more closely at different pieces, alongside my students.
Two hours isn't long enough- I knew it wouldn't be- and in fact months could be spent taking inspiration
from this one room alone.
For the second workshop we were in the Modern and Contemporary galleries, looking at the use of composition and abstraction, through the work of Prunella Clough and others.
We used copies of Clough's own photographs to produce semi-abstract, gutsy drawings with an industrial edge.
The remaining sessions will be different again. I'm trying to cover all possible combinations of materials and subject matter, and, happily, being at the Walker Art Gallery means there's a wealth of inspirational works to encourage and enrich our artistic endeavours. There are three sessions to go in this series on 25 June, 2 and 3 July at 11am please do join us!
To book your free tickets visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/discuss-discover-draw-tickets-17047858604
Caroline Johnson, Artist