My goal is to enable more people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy process-focused art activities. Keeping that goal central, I offer the following workshops:
PRACTICEXPERIMENT is an ongoing programme of events that I started in July 2021 to enable more people to access experimental, process-focused art-making. The PRACTICEXPERIMENT workshops are designed for people of any level of experience looking for the opportunity to get stuck into a hands-on, immersive and investigative process of experimentation with materials and methods in a supportive environment. The programme began with a series of four different, full-day workshops that repeated throughout August 2021: Material sensitivity; Support and Ground; Paint; and Figure-ground. Each workshop concentrated on the 'how' of art-making, and encouraged participants to enjoy the process while letting go of any intentions to create a 'perfect', finished product. This first event in the PRACTICEXPERIMENT programme was supported by Temporary Contemporary, a community engagement initiative by Kirklees Council and the University of Huddersfield. You can listen here to a podcast by Parley for Temporary Contemporary, in which I discuss structures of support for creative practitioners with Leeds-based artist Dr Charlotte Cullen.
I am planning the next PRACTICEXPERIMENT event: a three-day retreat in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in May, 2022 (dates TBC). If you are interested in future PRACTICEXPERIMENT events, please contact me.
"I am looking to develop my own style and the workshop helped me to explore new approaches and possibilities".
"I felt energised and enthused. It was like a reset button. Everything suddenly felt fresh again and my outlook was transformed. The course made me realise that experimentation is like oxygen to me".
Feedback from two PRACTICEXPERIMENT workshop participants, August 2021.
This workshop enables adults of any experience level to enjoy one of the oldest and richest methods in the history of painting: buon fresco. A famous example of this method is the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. After a lot of testing, I have developed the buon fresco method to work on small tiles so anyone can have fun with this ancient process in an accessible, manageable way, and make durable, portable, unique artworks.
I deliver my buon fresco workshop, along with egg-tempera paint-making, at Artworks - The Everybody School of Art as part of Artworks' adult learning programme (new dates are coming soon for winter, 2021 and spring 2022). This workshop is also available on request in my studio in Huddersfield (three people, maximum). Please contact me if you would be interested in a private tutorial, and go here for a full description of the workshop.
"Interesting, relaxing and fun. I really enjoyed this workshop. It was fascinating to learn about the techniques involved and the history of this medium, but most of all it was great to get stuck in and have a go. Puy is very likeable and she did a great job of helping us to relax and explore our creativity. I loved her hands-on approach. Rather than fixating on the end result, like most artists, she showed us how important it is to be in the moment and to fully enjoy the artistic process in your own way. I found this to be a very mindful approach to art that was also really enjoyable".
"What a great way to spend a morning! I always say I’m not a creative person, but this workshop had me completely absorbed. Puy is so positive and encouraging - she gives you confidence to experiment, even when you’re out of your comfort zone. Plus, it was a lot of fun. I’ll definitely be recommending it to my arty and non-arty friends".
Feedback from two buon fresco workshop participants who attended a private studio session, May 2021.
I have designed and delivered various workshops that encourage an experimental, mindful, materials-led, process-focused approach to painting. These workshops suit all ages and abilities, and involve easy, fun exercises that tap into the naturally intuitive, creative source within all people. These activities invite participants to engage with the painting space and tools in different ways, to challenge and expand conventional approaches, and to loosen their methods of applying paint to a surface. Participants are encouraged to enjoy an immersion in the process and to let go of any concerns about making a 'perfect picture'. While focusing on the materials and the methods rather than fixating on achieving a planned end-result, participants can experience the joyful freedom that enables their own creative discovery.
"This workshop was perfect for me! Simply being given the opportunity to paint without any expectation of the outcome was very liberating and has certainly broadened my attitude to what painting is all about. Puy is a great facilitator. Everyone was at ease straight away and the way she interacted throughout the session really supported the desired outcome of leaving people feeling confident about their process".
Feedback from a painting workshop participant at Artworks, June 2021.