Observational Drawing with Janet Ayers

LIVE monthly sessions every 1st Saturday of the month 10.30-12noon GMT. Community chat page & session recordings to do in your own time

The practice of observational drawing is something that everyone can do.

It may be years since we picked up a pen or pencil to draw, (it can be the same with writing), but the very basic and simple act of drawing from life is a very enjoyable thing to do. Once you get into the habit of it, you’ll find you’ll want to draw more often, when you’re out and about. It’s a visual diary that is both very personal to us but can also bring pleasure to others.

Meeting with a group online will give you the motivation to focus on your drawing practice. It also gives us the opportunities to share ideas, try out new techniques and to talk about art: the art works we admire and those we really don’t understand. Once you start drawing your own images you’ll begin to see those artworks in a different light and perhaps gain more of an understanding and appreciation of Art. Alternatively if you don't wish to join the live session you can work your way through the session recordings that will be continually added to here in the course!

This group offers participants an opportunity to slow down, to sit and observe the world around us and find joy and meaning in the simple things. Any kind of creative pursuit can be both challenging and rewarding in equal measure and observational drawing is no different.

We’ll cover all the basics of line, tone, contours, organisation/structure, using light and dark. There will be drawing exercises to loosen you up and subjects to focus on, such as view from a window, portraits and my favourite things.

Come and join us every 1st Saturday of the month in Zoom! give it a go and remember: be generous with yourself and each other.

Every 3 months we will introduce a new theme and will let you know of any materials you may need in advance. Don’t go crazy buying lots of things. Just paper and pencil are all you need to start! As you progress you may want to try out different drawing materials and we can discuss various media to try out as we go.

You’ll need to have a clear area to place objects to draw from and have a couple of good light sources including a lamp.

Between sessions you can post your art work and chat with others in the community chat page, look at past classes within the course and retake the previous class.

As you progress you may want to try out different drawing materials and we can discuss various media to try out as we go.

You’ll need to have a clear area to place objects to draw from and have a couple of good light sources including a lamp

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Current theme: Getting covered in Charcoal!

Session 1 Getting to grips with charcoal. In the first session we’ll explore the different ways to use charcoal so we’ll do some drawing exercises to loosen you up. We’ll also start drawing one of our chosen objects

Session 2 Exploring scale: in this session we’ll aim to cover the whole piece of paper. Focus on a small part of your object and scale it up to enlarge the detail. You may find the image takes on a life of its own.

Session 3 Collect together three objects for a still life to draw in charcoal!

For the course the main focus will be on using charcoal and pencil:
A3 or A2 drawing pad
Drawing pencils HB to 8B
Willow charcoal and compressed charcoal
Putty Rubber
Fixative (must only be used outside to fix work)
 A board to lean your paper/pad on (optional)

Both The Works and WHSmiths have a good range of materials to buy. The Works is much cheaper and it a good place to start if you feel like you’re a beginner. WILKO also have some art materials too. Don’t go crazy buying lots of things. Just paper and pencil are all you need to start!

As you progress you may want to try out different drawing materials and we can discuss various media to try out as we go.

You’ll need to have a clear area to place objects to draw from and have a couple of good light sources including a lamp.

Reviews

5 star rating

Brilliant course

William Sutton

Hugely enjoying. Clear, well-thought-out classes. Makes art approachable and worthwhile. Friendly atmosphere and collaborative feel. Thank you.

Hugely enjoying. Clear, well-thought-out classes. Makes art approachable and worthwhile. Friendly atmosphere and collaborative feel. Thank you.

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an exciting and happy time following the different ways t...

Suzanne Attridge

I am having an exciting and happy time following the different ways to make Art in a none examined atmosphere. A game just for the pleasure of keeping head a...

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I am having an exciting and happy time following the different ways to make Art in a none examined atmosphere. A game just for the pleasure of keeping head above water in these peculiar times. A super leader. I actually showed my family on whatsap the things I am doing. Unusual because I hide everything in case it's awful. Don't mind if it is right now. Have trouble with the technical side though. I get help fortunately. Thank you

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Janet Ayers

Janet Ayers studied Art, Photography, Art History and Theatre Studies at school. After her Foundation course at West London College she went onto Portsmouth Art College where she gained an BA(hons) in Illustration. After graduation she began a career in Arts Administration and Publishing. When she moved back to Portsmouth in 2002 that's when her community music career took off and the art stuff was put on hold. Printmaking was a way back in for Janet to re-awaken her passion for art, attending courses at the Badger Press, Red Hot Press and Omega Printmakers. She has exhibited with the Society of Woodengravers (as a student entry) and also with Omega Printmakers. Many of you may know Janet for her Community Choir and singing for wellbeing work, circle dance groups and as a performer. Portsmouth University has recognised her contribution to the local creative music community by awarding her an honorary degree (rescheduled for May 2021) . Since lockdown she's been able to carry on some of her singing work online, but not all. So as one door closes for a while, Janet is taking this opportunity to get back into drawing, painting and creating and would like you to join in too. www.janetayers.org

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