If you are just beginning or starting again after a gap, my classes and courses can help you get going and help you discover and develop the artist in you.
Making expressive work is a journey of discovery and along the way there are certain skills of perception and imagination – ways of seeing like an artist, and techniques and methods that can be learned and practised.
Some people say they have no ‘talent’ and that they could never learn to paint. But for me, ’talent’ is a slippery concept. I do not really believe in it.
After decades of working with students of all ages and levels of experience I know that what really matters is the desire to do it… and then, finding the right guidance to encourage and help.
Gaining knowledge, and understanding of the processes of making art and acquiring fundamental skills can be fun and go a long way in dispelling the ‘talent myth’. Like anything else, it is about practice.
Learning skills is seen by some as limiting expression, but I do not agree with that. I really believe that anyone who wants to can learn to paint and draw and can make their own, unique, expressive art, and that they will progress more quickly and find it more enjoyable if they gain some basic knowledge.
All my classes and courses go into depth about whatever the topic is and clearly show you how to begin, how to play and practice and how to get result you never thought possible.
Whatever you want to express, the classes will help you to understand the language of painting and encourage you to make it your own. There is no one way that is ‘right’ in art, just a wonderful range of choices and creative pathways to follow.
But choosing can be perplexing!