Drawing with the Wondering Artist
Hi there. Amazing to think the online course, "Drawing with the Wondering artist" is now into its 4th year! With the added spin-off of quite a few Art Wonderers returning to the course, it has become so much more than a drawing course. The Art Wonderers gather, from a multiplicity of spaces around the globe. Each group of Wonderers uses the grid to get off the grid, to wonder, explore and make stuff together. The course takes on a life and energy of its own fuelled by the curiosity, input and mutual support of everyone there.
“The best art the world has ever had is but the impress left by men and women who have thought less about making great art than of living full and completely with all their faculties in the enjoyment of full play” Robert Henri, artist and educator"
Interested? The 2020 course is now underway.
Want to do something creative? Do you have a dream to write a book, start a painting, make a coat, design a garden? Or perhaps you are wanting to think about your life and the world in a new way? Or you are on a creative path but just need to check-in for a bit of extra support now and then?
Everyone is creative: discover what kind of creative person you are: scattershot creativity vs routine? Structured vs organic? Methodical or intuitive? Haptic or visually minded? This will determine how you like to make stuff, and also help you find new ways to develop your own creativity.
We'll take a look at some of the things that get in the way of creativity. We'll help you make your own mark, reveal the language of composition and discover how to make images that sing!
3 Principles to live by for 6 weeks:
Risk play enjoy
Bring a willingness to change your perspective, look at things from new viewpoints.
Be prepared to fail often. Make mistakes and know how NOT to avoid them.
Play and display
Here is a non-judgmental space where you can share ideas and the work you are doing when you feel ready to do so. In your Wonderers group you will receive the benefits of a personal art teacher AND a small group workshop drawn from an international community.
Once a week, a Skype session of approximately 45-60 minutes will be arranged for the group.
In addition to the group chat, I will be available once a week for a half-hour Skype session just for you.
Here you are free to discuss anything that might have come up for you in the week’s project, or in your creative journey.
A Whatsapp group for sharing ideas or images is also a possibility.
Above all have fun!
Take half an hour out your day, turn off your phone, ignore your emails…just for you to PLAY! This course is NOT about painstaking pencil drawing, or creating perfect likenesses. This course is about getting back to the childlike joy of having fun with different and sometimes messy materials.
We all create differently so you can choose how you structure this into your days and week. Are you an early riser or a night owl? Would you like to put your half hours into one rainy Saturday afternoon? No commuting time to factor into your schedule but if you still want to get out of the house then why not take your art kit along to your favourite coffee bar and play there?
You need to dedicate half an hour a day for play or the equivalent over the course of a week (with one day off if you like).
Each week I will send you a project inspired by the work of a few artists:
Week one: Talismans of Joy. How to think on paper. Cut and paste. Inspired by "The Red Wheelbarrow" by William Carlos Williams.
Week two and three: Soup it up! How to fast forward failure. (inspired by Andy Warhol’s soup can series, Basquiat and Banksy among others.)
Week four: Colour your world (Matisse, Morandi, Frankenthaler)
Week five: Find the elf in the wall (Marlene Dumas, Cecily Brown, Gerhard Richter, Lee Krasner)
Week six: To love and to cherish (Frida Kahlo, Grayson Perry)
Here is what a couple of the Wonderers had to say about 6 weeks of coming together as fellow creatives, making and connecting through the world wide web.
Love that it offered opportunity for everyone from beginners to advanced & experienced artists… You could just start where you are and take it as it goes.
I loved the international component. That added the most amazing dimensions—global context encompassing different nations, geographies, climates, time zones and perspectives—so wonderful. To encounter ....... strangers on the other side of the globe; to discover commonalities, respect differences and glimpse particular passions…. Fantastic.
I can’t imagine a better way of (re)energising/realising your creative mojo, and at the same time meeting and really getting to know a fascinating group of creative people from all over the world utilising the wonders of modern technology .
Can’t recommend highly enough – just do it!
Hugh, Cape Town