Wednesday, 1 December 2021
Monday, 15 November 2021
I'm very pleased to tell you that I'll be teaching some 10 week in person evening classes at Adult Learning Lewisham's Brockley Rise Centre, on Wednesdays and Thursdays 7.30 - 9.30pm, starting in January.
The college are taking enrolments now, and you can find more information about the Wednesday life drawing and painting course here: https://lewisham.gov.uk/cel/courses/app0016br---life-drawing-and-painting---spring---73827
and the Thursday evening studio class here: https://lewisham.gov.uk/cel/courses/app110sbr---drawing-and-painting---skills---studio---spring---75286
And don't forget my life drawing all day Saturdays that run every month! The next one is on December 11th - it's a hybrid class so look for OL on the end of the course code for zoom, and BR for the in person version at Brockley Rise: https://lewisham.gov.uk/cel/subjects/life-drawing-and-portraiture
Enrolments are now open for the spring runs of my Friday classes at ALL too - Friday morning studio:
And Watercolour Made Easy: https://lewisham.gov.uk/cel/courses/app0057br---watercolour-made-easy---all-levels---74107
New runs of my independent classes Exploring Creativity 10 week course, and my Life Drawing Afternoons 5 week course start next week! Here are the details:
Exploring Creativity runs straight through for 10 weeks on Zoom, on Tuesdays 10am - 1pm. Each week we look at the work of a different artist - I send information on the Sunday before class and then on the day I give a lecture style presentation for the first hour, followed by a discussion. Then we have a tea break, followed by a demo where I show you techniques for making work inspired by the artist. You're free to follow along, or do your own thing. There's a sharing thread via email after class where you can post pictures of your work to share with the other students. The demo is videoed and if you don't want to attend live on zoom you can join the virtual version of the course, where I send the video to you via We Transfer.
The course is pay what you can - £5 per class minimum and £25 per class maximum, payable by bank transfer, sum up or pay pal - contact me by email for details. The virtual version of the course, where you receive the art demo video and access to the email information and sharing thread, but don't attend on zoom, costs £35 for the whole 10 weeks.
Here's the timetable for the winter run:
Winter Run 2021
Tuesdays 10am – 1pm
November 23rd 2021 - January 25th 2022
Week 1 – Nov. 23rd - Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri - Native Australian art
Week 2 - Nov. 30th - Sarah Moon – Painterly photography
Week 3 – Dec. 7th – Kandinsky – From landscape to abstraction
Week 4 – Dec. 14th – S. Elayaraja – Indian social realism
Week 5 – Dec. 21st – William Scott – Simplification and still life
Week 6 - Dec. 28th – Franz Marc – German Expressionism
Week 7 – Jan. 4th – Stephen Newton – Poignant interiors. The artist will be joining us for a Qand A session this week!
Week 8 – Jan. 11th – Hillary Watters Fayle – Embroidered leaves
Week 9 – Jan, 18th – Mary Beth Edelson – Radical feminist art
Week 10 – Jan 25th – Amedeo Modigliani – We’ll have a life model this week, please pay an extra £5 towards the model’s fee if you attend this class
Also on Tuesdays, 3-5pm, I'm running 5 weeks of life drawing afternoons on zoom. We spend the first half an hour looking at students' work from the previous week, where I give feedback and we chat about techniques, usually followed by a demo on that week's theme Then there's one and a half hours of life drawing. Here are the subjects for this coming run:
The cost is again pay what you can, minimum £40, maximum £75 - payable by bank transfer, sum up or paypal.
And in case you missed it, here are some photos - taken by Phil Polglaze - of Nunhead Local One - the exhibition that I co curated with Caroline Wright in September, part of Peckham Festival:
Tuesday, 24 August 2021
Monday, 12 July 2021
19b Compton Terrace
Monday, 17 May 2021
Time: June 2nd 2021 11:00 AM London
Jun 2, 2021 11:00 AM
Jun 9, 2021 11:00 AM
Jun 16, 2021 11:00 AM
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Thursday, 1 April 2021
I'm offering a variety of spring and summer courses online on Zoom. starting soon!
See the selection below and email me at email@example.com
for more details and timetables.
In Still Life we'll learn about composition, backgrounds, mark making techniques and visit the work of some amazing still life artists
In Watercolour we'll learn all about different colours, how to mix colours, colour bias and simultaneous contrast of colour. We'll paint sea and skyscapes and natural forms.
In Life Drawing we'll learn about mark making and tonal value, gestural drawing, drawing to music and different methods for using charcoal.
In Portraiture we'll learn about burnishing, reworking a drawing - your eraser is your friend! how to capture a likeness and how to draw hands.
I hope to see you very soon! Best wishes - Jo
Monday, 8 March 2021
Hi everyone, I hope you're all doing okay.
Beyond thought and beyond the mind,
O beautiful One, You abide.
Do fulfil this body, vital, mind and heart of mine.
May I have this sense of fulfilment
In all my achievements,
Taking shelter at Your Feet divine.
Topic: Culture Cafe bringing poems to life with art
Time: Mar 10, 2021 01:00 PM London
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Mar 10, 2021 01:00 PM
Mar 17, 2021 01:00 PM
Mar 24, 2021 01:00 PM
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I'm really missing my live art and exhibition work, but can't really plan anything like that at the moment. Hopefully by the autumn those will be back on track!
Saturday, 16 January 2021
The lightship LV21 is now transformed for this fascinating exhibition and provides many echoes from its seafaring history to inspire artists of today. These are just a few thoughts on a small selection of my personal favourites of the many works shown.
I enjoyed Caroline Gregory's 'Welcome aboard', and the camera taking us through the ship - all the different parts of the vessel, the brightly painted hull, the decks, the inside passageways, the portholes, the cabins no longer occupied by the sailors but now given over to artists. Mystery of a ship no longer at sea - its nautical architecture is inspirational - its previous life was in the water, but no longer, only the outward vestiges remain of what was once needed to survive in its former life.
- Sarah Sparkes is the puppeteer seen in the background of her film, pulling the strings of a light blue tiny dinosaur-like being, (from a heraldic image of the Azure Porcupine) - it has a quiff of upright little blue spines.
It is delightful to watch the little azure marionette figure dancing and playing round its small space inside the ship, and we enjoy the playfulness, and somehow long forgotten memories of our childhood are evoked - eventually in its wanderings it lights upon a large blue sculptured head, a kind of figurehead - with staring eyes, also with a quiff, though a larger and darker one with taller spines - the little one is playing and dancing again, this time trying to get attention and a response as it touches and moves closer and snuggles up to the head, wanting to play - the blue head is unresponsive - is it just an inanimate object, or is it its mother, strange rejecting mother, or is it just a stranger - and why does it not move in response - could it be - dead? Its continual non-response becomes very poignant. Eventually the litte azure figure flops down disconsolately and movement gradually stops. The whole event is mesmerising though it only lasts a few minutes. It touches the heart.
In the next film by Sarah she is seen wearing the large blue head!, transformed into a headdress and in its authentic role as figurehead of the ship - the artist walks along the deck and looks out from the prow - the large blue head is redeemed somehow and stands for adventure as it looks out to sea and the wide blue yonder and its infinite possibilities and we look out with it.
- Tracey Francis' films have a little girl collecting pebbles and stones - 'it's fun' she says, and we join in too, - but can it be fun for ever? - the stones build up and accumulate, so many stones have been gathered through the years and as she becomes a woman the stones become more heavy and weighty - 'The weight she has to carry' - responsibilities, sorrow, stresses - all carried somehow but not complaining - just carrying the stones - and then as the girl becomes an adult in society she takes part in political action to change the world - and share the load
- Joanna McCormick's eerie singing ghost makes strange sounds of lamentation aboard the ship, surrounded by the remembered images, now lovingly handmade into monoprints, of the sailors who were once there in person but where are they now - the shipmates have gone -quiet atmosphere inside of an abandoned ship - but there is still sound to be heard, beautiful tinkling piano music interspersed with the crashing of the waves, the ship has had its being faraway at sea, so far from land - the film drifts from the present to the past, and back again - is she waving or drowning?, did the mariners come safely home or were they lost at sea?
These are just my personal highlights,
Thank you so much to the curator and all the artists for a wonderful and deeply moving experience