” Billie Holiday” 2013 Acrylic and ink on canvas (detail)
” Draw and paint what you love” – My art Ecourse
Art – like love – is an active process of growth and development, not a God-given talent.
Next date for this 5 week Ecourse is
July 8th- August5th
Lets get one thing straight from the start. There is a myth that needs to be dispensed with in how people think about art and that is that drawing and painting are separate activities.
They are not. They both begin with a mark.
*Draw and paint what you Love” is an Ecourse that will connect drawing and painting for you and will help you to get comfortable with combining these two activities,not treating them as separate aspects of the creative process. Children do not think this way,they make images with whatever means they have at their disposal. We need to take a ‘note to self’ from our children! PAUSE the inner critic button that clutters the adult brain and PRESS PLAY !!
.” Girl” Acrylic on cancas 30 x 20″ 2013
” Draw and paint what you Love” – The overview!
“Draw and paint what you love” is a dynamic interactive five week art course, that will focus on the creative process that leads to the object that we produce and not the other way around. It will also explore the mindset of creative artists, modern and old masters, because like masters of any practise discover, there is an effective way of ’seeing’ and ‘acting upon’ that doesn’t all come naturally!
If you join me on this journey the five lessons that I have prepared for you combine observation and sensation as a learning experience. This is how I work and teach in a nutshell, and this approach has really helped me and will really help you to look and feel as you make art.and infuse that art with feeling and awareness.Course Outline
Week 1: Drawing and painting begin with a mark. Make many.
Mark-making is the building block of all great drawing and painting and is a vital part of any course in art. When you get variation in your marks, your drawing and painting become less academic,more expressive and more you! That is why I devote a full week to this through specifically targeted exercises and an examination of how successful artists incorporate mark making into their work.
Week 2: Feel the line.Caress your contours.
This week will help you to feel the line, through observation and sensation. We will also look at one way of drawing the head through the use of an app that you will get to know!
We will also look at masters of contour drawing from art history. It is hugely beneficial to learn from our tribe, artists who have mastered their craft and analyse how they have done this.
Week 3: Negative space is not empty. Make negative positive.
This week is all about seeing the two dimensional world as a series of shapes. Really understanding negative space improves your drawing and painting like nothing else! We will be making montype prints this week also, which many artists use as a bridge between a drawing and a painting and is an art form in its own right.
Week4: Opposites attract. And color moves us.
Melinda Cootsona joins me this week and we explore color. Color relationships, color intensity and the emotional response to color that we all have.
Week5: Everything is connected. Its all about relationships
This week is about pulling it all together. Working on a painting of yours that incorporates what you have learnt on the course, with my guidance all the way!This course includes:
- Full Access to a professionally designed art course in my private online classroom.Easy to navigate and full of juicy inspirational content,with daily posts Monday- Friday!
-Powerful art exercises designed to help you ‘see’ what you are making as you create art more holistically.
- An amazing interactive multimedia tool,to help you to engage with this course in a really immersive manner.
- A weekly virtual art date, that I have planned for you! Dress informal.No hangover guaranteed!
- Links to lots of external resources that have inspired me as an artist and teacher.
- Access to a community of like-minded people (and me!)from all over the world via a private facebook group. Online learning is inclusive not exclusive.
The Mindset aspect of this course will be interwoven into every class and will focus on ways of overcoming two huge hurdles that all artists have to master. That is accepting yourself ,which makes your work yours and allowing your art to come from that place ,which makes your work distinctive .We will explore that in several ways including, tapping into the stories of our ‘tribe’, artists who have come before us, and how their art practises can teach us how to overcome barriers and blockages,and how to re-script stories that have held us back. Nobody creates in a vaccum, so why should you. This course isn’t just about drawing and painting as you may be sensing by now, its also about nurturing ourselves through the process. Making art is good for you! Louise knows and I’m all for having more Louises on this planet!
By the end of the five week course you will be inspired to continue on the path of creative self discovery that calls us all whether we choose to call ourselves artists or not, equipped with new supply lines of inspiration and creative techniques, and you will be moving!
My job as a teacher is to set your wheels in motion by creating an environment where learning can happen.You will be in the driving seat of how you choose to act on the stimulation that you receive ,because that is where you belong!
Each topic in “Draw and paint what you love “will be taught through a combination of video tutorials, interactive multimedia presentations, audio prompts and downloadable PDF documents which will contain relevant course material, worksheets and resources that will complement the video tutorials.Basic Course requirements
- Internet access that is fast enough to be able to watch a video like my one above.
- You need to be able to photograph your work and upload it to facebook
(not difficult,I promise, any one under 18 can show you how!)
- NO ART EXPERIENCE is necessary but an OPEN MIND is a decided advantage!
- You will need to purchase some art materials if you do not have them already, but they will not break the bank, I promise!
- You will need to free up TWO HOURS per week to complete the art assignments that I give you.Two hours per week that you can devote to YOU!
PLEASE NOTE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE IN MY CLASSROOM AT A FIXED TIME. THIS IS A WONDERFUL WHOLE NEW WAY OF LEARNING AND INTERACTING GLOBALLY ACROSS DIFFERENT TIME ZONES AND MY ECOURSE ACCOMODATES THIS. THIS NEEDS TO BE SAID FOR THOSE OF YOU READING THIS WHO HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED AN ECOURSE! IT’S A MARVEL OF NEW TECHNOLOGY!Engaging with your classmates (and me!)
The course PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP, is what turns my Ecourse into an interactive source of support and inspiration ! Participants can upload images of work they produce during the Ecourse for peer support and I will be active in that group on a daily basis offering positive constructive feedback .This is for me, a key component of my course, if I can’t interact with you, you would be better off investing your money in a book. In fact, I continue to support and inspire my students after the Ecourse ends through my continued engagement with anyone who has studied with me via the private FB group. However, because there are many, many, people who have been setback by insensitive teachers, and sadly they sometimes do exist, I also provide a PRIVATE ACCESS SERVICE as part of my Ecourse course offering to any prospective student who needs one on one support initially. This enables students to email work to me for private feedback. That said, from my own experience as an e-learner,meeting kindred spirits in a supportive and positive environment is an essential and invaluable part of e-courses, and I have made new friends and accessed world class teachers through this process. We live in really exciting times educationally.
…………………………………………………………………………….This Ecourse is currently in session. The next date for this 5 week Ecourse is July 8th – August 5th 2013.
” I signed up for Pauline’s class because I admired her style of painting and figure drawing. I wanted to learn from her and her techniques. I did not anticipate the absolutely wonderful experience this would become. She has helped me grow so very much as an artist. I am discovering my own voice because of her and discovered a great group of art sisters that I will cherish now and always. I would recommend this course to any and all who wish to be inspired by a truly wonderful teacher.”
Pauline is an amazing teacher with the ability to bring out the true creative soul of a person.Her knowledge and teaching methods are exceptional.
An accomplished and sensitive artist herself, she has a real eye for spotting the essence of a piece and bringing out the best in all her students. Her course is second to none and pure joy!
Phyllis Fell. UK