ArtHouse Jersey is currently offering a programme of online classes with skilled artists that people can participate in from the comfort of their own living room. This helps to keep the community as a whole creative, while removing some potential participatory barriers that might ordinarily exist within the physical set up.
Day-to-day creativity proved such an important feature of many people’s lives during the recent period of isolation. Thanks to feedback received from participants in the highly successful Nineteen Day Drawing Challenge: Isolation Creation Jersey, we learned how many people were pleased to have either reignited a previously dormant artistic skill or indeed discovered an entirely new one. Our online workshop series expands on this local appetite for creativity at home by providing the community with opportunities to learn more about specific areas of artistic practice or skill.
‘Drawing Portraits’ with Jason Butler
The first workshop in this series was hosted by the internationally renowned artist Jason Butler. In recent years Jason’s primary focus has been on producing abstract paintings, but he still accepts portrait commissions. The focus of this class was on the art of drawing portraits using charcoal.
‘Drawing from Distance’ Will Bertram
To help us celebrate the incredible success of the ‘Nineteen Day Drawing Challenge’ Will Bertram led our second session. The class
featured three scenes based on things found in Will’s art studio/shed and he offered valuable drawing tips based on his own practice.
‘Meditative Art’ with Ian Rolls
This simple drawing and painting exercise was relaxing and inspiring in equal measure. Following an initial short breathing meditation, Ian led participants through a creative journey to the right-hand side of the brain, using intuition to produce a colourful abstract watercolour.
‘Illustrating Your Own Masterpiece’ Abi Overland
This session mixed figurative with still life, so that participants could choose from plenty of elements to draw by either by themselves or the whole scene. Abi created a Spotify playlist in advance for everyone to settle into the session. The class consisted of several very short rounds followed by longer sittings to really get into it.
Our next session will take place on Friday 18 September and will see Jason Butler return to host a second class. This workshop will explore the human form with a 90 minute sitting by a male model. Jason will guide participants through a number of poses while offering practical advice on the art of figurative drawing. All being well this will be the first of four sessions on a similar theme that we will be offering in the coming months.