Quorn Art Group- Summer 2016 Workshops

This August I will be running a suite of creative workshops in the village of Quorn, Leicestershire. Workshops will run from 9.30 to 4.00 with a break for lunch. Costs will vary from course to course depending on the materials provided. Please do let me know if you would like a place to be reserved (no obligation). Once I know the course is viable I will forward the booking/payment details to enable you to book your place.

Lino Printing (£30) Tuesday 2nd August Introduction to lino printing Produce a series of monochromatic and four colour reduction lino prints. Suitable for those with no experience or those wishing to develop previously learnt skills. Most materials included.

Collagraph printmaking. (£30) Wednesday 3rd August Introduction to collagraph print making Produce a series of monochromatic and colour prints using both the relief and intaglio method. Suitable for those with no experience or those wishing to develop previously learnt skills. All materials included

Encaustic workshop (£35) Thursday 4th August Introduction to the basic principles of working with wax and a variety of other media. The course is designed for those with no previous experience. Most materials included.

Drawing for complete beginners (£25) Monday 15th August This course is for you if you haven't picked up a pencil since school. Explore a variety of media and refresh those skills through a series of rewarding exercises in a supportive and friendly environment.

Acrylic Painting for Beginners (£35) Tuesday 16th August Introduction to the basic principles or working with acrylics. The course is designed for who consider themselves beginners. You will experiment with mark making and work towards producing a still life painting

Exploring Acrylics- semi abstracted landscapes (£25) Wednesday 17th August This course is suitable for those confident working with in this medium but who are interested in developing their skills further. The course encourages you to experiment with a variety of unusual techniques and materials and will widen your mark making repertoire.

Adult Education

Since qualifying as a secondary school teacher (PGCE) in 1996, I have gained a broad and varied experience of teaching. I left full time education to start a family in 2000 and have since been self-employed as an artist, tutor and workshop leader.

I currently deliver a number of weekly adult education classes. On Tuesday evenings (Autumn and Spring term) I tutor the ‘Drawing and Painting’ class for Loughborough University. This class is open to staff, students and the community and places can be booked via the university website.

On Thursday mornings I run the Quorn Art Group (Allen House, Quorn), and on Friday mornings I take the Hoby Art Group (Hoby Village Hall, near Melton Mowbray). The groups follow a series of dynamic 10 week programmes, but it’s very informal and learners can pick and choose which sessions to follow if they have something else they are working on. The groups are encouraged to explore works from the great masters, along with work from lesser-known artists; and participants are often able to choose to work in whichever medium they prefer, whilst being introduced to different techniques along the way. It’s a very learner-based approach: relaxed and creative, all aimed at encouraging people to develop their own creative style. For more information, please do contact me. 

Student Comments:

“Over the last ten years, I have done many art classes in Leicester and Melton Mowbray. I find Jo’s classes refreshing because she pushes our boundaries. She always has lots of innovative ideas and encourages us all to find our own way of expressing and interpreting art. I have friends who say “I am no good at art, so I don’t want to have a go”. They are missing the point, because art is supposed to be fun, not a competition with others to see who is best. Art is a very personal thing and the most important thing is that it should be enjoyed.” Diana Patterson, Hoby Art Group (2015)

“Relaxed doesn't mean comfort zone painting at Hoby Art Group. Somehow, Jo, while always keeping us aware and practicing the fundamental observational skills, provides ideas, suggestions and techniques which encourage each of us to develop our own creativity. The stimulus for a session is a starting point we share but we all end up with very individual pieces of work. Her guidance is gentle and light hearted, the group reflects this by being open-minded and encouraging towards one another. Although I have now moved some distance away I find it still worthwhile to travel 45 mins to remain part of this friendly crowd.” Diana Corps, Hoby Art Group (2015).

Enquire about adult education classes.


Workshops and Schools

Creative workshops provide an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to experience the arts, develop social and cultural awareness, and enhance personal wellbeing. Over the years I have delivered a wide variety of workshops for adults, children, community, open air cultural events and groups as wide ranging from Brownies to mental health service users.

Familiar with working within the school environment, I have an appreciation of curriculum requirements and workshops can be tailored to individual needs and to support the various Key Stages. Typically, sessions start with an introduction covering relevant personal work and/or examples, and continue with practical demonstrations – which then lead on to personal development in a creative, informal and enriching atmosphere.

Examples of workshops delivered include: printmaking (monoprint, intaglio, collagraph and other relief printing); Gyotaku (Japanese fish printing); expressive portraiture; drawing, painting and soft sculpture. Subjects covered range widely, such as : Pop Art, Hundertwasser; abstract still life; fossils (painting, printmaking, clay and plaster); Artist talks; paint and print with RE (Christianity and Sikhism); minibeasts; card making; Alfred Wallis; mixed media with pen and ink; Fauvism; gouache resist; metamorphosis; illuminated lettering; tie dye, experimental acrylics and wax workshops.

I am available for half or full day workshops or shorter mini-sessions, so please do contact me if you would like to ask any questions, discuss ideas or book a workshop.

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