Creativity through nature – Workshop by Ann Blockley RI SWA
Sun June 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm BST| £150.00
This exclusive workshop is designed to suggest a working practice based on a connection with nature that will help you to develop as an artist.
Ann will be demonstrating throughout the day using some ‘back to nature’ materials and techniques from her new book ‘Creativity through nature’ (Batsford) as well as some of her usual methods.
You will be offered a variety of ideas and suggestions to develop in your own way. The aim is to experiment and develop exciting and expressive ways of mark making.
The emphasis will be on enjoying the process and not necessarily to create ‘finished’ paintings but to explore creative options. We will be spending some time outdoors, connecting with nature and sketching with the rest of the time experimenting indoors, building on the information gathered. Some walking may be involved.
The workshop will use water-based materials and is for artists with some experience, not complete beginners.
This event will take place at The Fish Hotel in “The Hive” on the beautiful Farncombe Estate on the hill overcooking Broadway.
Limited to 12 places (maximum purchase 2 per person)
Ticket price includes tea/coffee and a light lunch of sandwiches.
Please note: Due to the intense interest in this workshop (and to make it fair for all) we are limiting the number of tickets any person can buy to 2. This applies to benefactors of the festival and members of the general public. If you buy more than 2 they will be refunded and put back up for sale.
Tickets go on sale to the general public through the website at 10am on Friday 9th April and to Benefactors of the festival 1 week earlier at 10am on Good Friday.
What to Bring and course notes from Ann:
This workshop is designed to be flexible and encourage you to work in personal ways so I am not giving a prescriptive list of what to bring. The following ideas are only suggestions to help you decide. I will provide any unusual materials if needed.
Outdoor clothes and footwear – we will be going outside for short periods whatever the weather.
A painting stool can be useful but we may only be making quick visual notes-depending on the weather. I will not be taking one.
Simple sketching materials of your choice eg. pen, pencil, charcoal. You can bring a few colours if you wish such as small travel watercolour box or a few inktense sticks but keep it minimal and light-weight.
A bag for foraged materials
Sketchbook- I like spiral bound ones that pages can be torn out of or use loose sheets. I suggest about A4 but whatever size works for you. Bulldog clips are useful to clip pages together.
Water-based mediums and colours of your choice.Tubes not pans preferably. I use watercolour, gouache, acrylic ink. Bring acrylic paint if you like but I do not use it myself. However, I do use FW Daler Rowney Acrylic Ink ..all colours especiallysepia.
In my mainstream work, my favourite watercolours are French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, any cool yellow, Cobalt Violet(W&N), Quinacrodine Magenta, Quinacrodine Gold (W&N), Brown Madder, Cadmium Red, Winsor Red (W&N), Green Gold (W&N), Indigo, Pthalo blue, Perylene maroonin any brand (unless specified)but what we use will depend on the subjects available on the day so just bring what you have.
Your choice of paper.I will use Khadi paper, cartridge and unstretched watercolour paper.
Painting board and water pot
Brushes – Bring a few in different shapes and sizes.Not too small. I use round and flat. I mainly use several round size 16 or 18, a flat 1 ½”, 1” and ½” and a rigger. An old brush for glue and messy work.
Palette – I supplement my normal palette with small recyclable food pots ( yogurt etc) to mixlarger quantities of pigment in.
Drawing mediums: Watercolour pencils (I especially like black)/crayons/oil pastel etc.charcoal. Just bring what you have.
Palette Knives Small ‘diamond’ shaped one for splattering, smearing paint and drawing lines. Optional
Granulation medium (Winsor and Newton) I will bring bottles to share but if you are particularly interested in exploring this -it may be worth getting your own bottle.
PVA glue (There will be some available)
“The Hive” at The Fish Hotel: