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I loved watching Blair demonstrating the brushstrokes and although it was frustrating to find my attempts rather random it was still absorbing and satisfying with that example to work from. All the materials and whole setting were very appealing. My feedback is to say how kind and encouraging Blair was which overcame my initial nervousness and made the experience very positive.
I enjoyed making the Long Forest with everybody because we used sticks and special brushes along with ink which was fun! The art group has helped me with my subject choices coming up! Thought it was fantastic and I have learned lots! :)
I really enjoyed the mountains forest picture. More Anime/ Manga.
The writing and drawing together gave me a confidence boost.
I enjoyed drawing friends, because I can practice drawing better. Blair listened to me and took on what I had to say.
I have a busy schedule with work at different times so am unable to have lessons at the same time every week, can we come to a flexible arrangement?
Yes, we are totally flexible, lessons can be at different times to suit you. Some students prefer to have them every week or so, but can be twice in a week or in a month, and on different days - weekends, weekdays and evenings are all possible where we have space.
I would like to learn oil painting with you, I haven't used oil paints before though, how should I go about this?
At the first lesson, we will talk with you about your interest in oils, for instance what do you want to achieve and what kind of oil painting and subject do you like like (is it landscape or portrait or abstract?), do you have any experience with oil paints, or paints generally? After chatting about this, we will start with some drawing, with a demonstration first by the tutor, and get you going on a drawing to get a sense of what stage you are are at and what setup will suit you to begin with oil paints. We will talk through the basics of the medium, such as about fat on lean, show you some examples by artists and give you a handout to keep that will remind you of the techniques. Depending on what pace you feel comfortable with we will start with oils usually in the second lesson, on a small scale to begin with, using minimal colours or just monochrome. Also at the first lesson we will talk through your materials list, explaining all the materials. We'll continue from there into more detailed instructions, and the tutor will discuss a plan for each lesson that you are happy with.
I want to apply for developing a portfolio, do I need to send you example images of my artwork first?
This isn't really necessary, as you can bring examples of your work, sketchbooks or images of the works, to the lessons where you can discuss these, usually at the start of the lesson or if you come a bit earlier. There is no pressure or expectation to have work to a certain standard - we don't select students based on their folios.
Could I bring examples of my artwork to show you and have critical feedback as a tutorial, to get new ideas and pointers on methods, rather than do any artwork in the lesson?
If you want to focus on discussing your own works you have made, and don't want to make work at the studio, but may need advice and possibly demo of techniques, this is all absolutely fine. Apply as normal to book your block, we recommend a 1 hour 30 mins lesson for this purpose, although a one hour lesson may be enough to give you feedback. If bringing works with you, please make sure your artworks are not excessively large or heavy, if unsure please send images beforehand. It can also be helpful for this type of lesson if you can email some artwork images, or any other info, a couple of days in advance of the lesson for the tutors to think about before meeting you. You also have the option of us giving your work an online Feedback Review, where you would email us images of your works and receive helpful feedback and advice (please contact us for more information).
Can the D&P Studio tutor my child in drawing - she is very dedicated to her art and I think she could benefit from some extra teaching out of her school work to have more drawing practice?
We would be pleased to tutor children at Ashley Street KSD buidling from age eight plus, if you or a guardian can please accompany the child during the session due to the rules of the building. Also we can tutor in your home from age eight, if you can be in the room or a nearby room please.
I am a professional architect who has not had any recent experience of drawing from life, becoming a bit rusty, and want to get back into this and the more creative side of my practice, what can you do to help me at private tutoring?
It would be good to discuss first with you about your interests in art and architecture as well as as related things, which we could work on bringing into sketchbook practice to begin with. Developing this as well as figurative and landscape drawing in different styles, using varied mark making and techniques that are new for you, would be a great start to exploring new creative practice which could filter into your architecture work. We could move forward with colour and painting studies, or mixed media, or experimental 3D work with simple materials - there will no doubt be lots of different projects and exciting possibilities.