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:
A series of artist-led, process-focused workshop days for anyone looking to experiment with materials and methods in a supportive environment. These workshops suit any level of experience and would interest those looking for the opportunity to get stuck into a hands-on, immersive and investigative process of enquiry. There are four different full-day workshops that repeat and alternate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in August 2021. Each workshop focuses on the 'how' of art-making, and encourages participants to enjoy the process while letting go of any intentions to create a 'perfect' finished product. This series of workshops is 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.
Material sensitivity: 3rd, 11th, 19th August
Support and ground: 4th, 12th, 24th August
Paint: 5th, 17th, 25th August
Figure-ground: 10th, 18th, 26th August
For a full description of each course, please go here.
This half-day workshop enables you to experience 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 careful testing, I have developed the buon fresco method to work on small tiles so you can enjoy this ancient process in an accessible, manageable way, and make durable, unique artworks for your home and garden. I am currently delivering these workshops in Crafters Cottage, Honley, near Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, UK.
For a full description of the workshop, please go here. Dates on request and with flexible timing.
I am delighted to be part of The Artworks-Everybody School of Art on-site learning programme, Practice and Process, that takes place in The Artworks' amazing converted-mill studios in Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK. As an artist-educator for The Artworks, I deliver workshops that encourage experimentation with painting processes. In my Direct Painting workshop, I guide participants through several easy and fun exercises which enable an open, experimental and direct approach to painting. In this context, direct painting means using methods that tap into the naturally intuitive, creative source within all people. Participants will be encouraged to enjoy an immersion in the process and to let go of any concerns about making a 'perfect picture'. While focusing on the process rather than the end result, participants can experience spontaneity and freedom, and a direct line from the creative source to the painting surface.
1-3pm, 14th August
Book a Direct Painting workshop here. Places are available for low income and social prescribing.
Covid-19 distancing and sanitisation procedures are in place for all workshops.