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Draw What You See – Not What You Know

The aim for this monthly art session is to improve our observational drawing skills.
You will develop techniques to create more accurate drawings.
We will do drawing exercises that will help you tune into your ‘art-head’ (the right side of the brain)
The course is less about creating final pieces of work, rather a way to develop and plot your progress in learning how to draw what you see.

Here is a list of suggested materials.
Ideally you will need to draw on an upright easel. Don’t worry if you do not have one. If you can find some board or hard surface to draw on that is at a slight angle, so not flat on the table, but raised up to 45 degrees. This board can be improvised from a kitchen cutting board, piece of foam board, thick cardboard, board from the back of a large photo frame.

Materials:
Writing pencils and drawing pencils
Black Sharpie and fine marker pen
Various erasers including a putty rubber
Paper to draw on in a ring binder pad
Or single sheets paper and scotch tape
Picture plane about 8”x10”: use the glass from a photo frame and tape the edges
View finders made from black paper/card both 8”x10”. One with 1” frame the other with a 2” frame
*NB I will demonstrate how to make these in the first week so it will be on video for you to watch again!
The last thing on the list is that you’ll need an hour of uninterrupted time.
Plus some water to drink!

We often give up on drawing because we end up being dissatisfied with our efforts, but by applying yourself to go over the basics in this course, you will develop the tools to create more realistic drawings and paintings. Working together in a group gives us the encouragement when we get frustrated and annoyed in the learning process but above all  the aim is to have an enjoyable and satisfying drawing experience.

Open to everyone

A one off payment for this course. Access to Live sessions 9th January, 6th February and 6th March 10.30am - 12noon

Monthly payment for Live sessions every 1st Sat of the month & access to all of Janet's art courses

  • £10.00 first payment, £15.00 / month onwards

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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 is a Community Artist and Natural Voice Practitioner who has been running choirs and teaching people to sing for 15 years. She says that singing is a bit like swimming: to get the hang of it you just need to jump in!

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