Monday 1 January 2024

 Dear everyone,

I hope you had a happy hearty Xmas and a super New Year celebration! It's been a roller coaster of a year for me, with a very mixed bag of amazing projects including live art performances and art walks, curating exhibitions, starting a new job with Punchdrunk, setting up a Community Interest Company - Collaborative Arts CIC, welcoming a new cat Soup into my home and more! PHEW!

I'm really looking forward to developing some exciting artistic projects for 2024 while I continue to help the students in my classes to tap into their creativity and hone and develop their skills. I'm very proud of everyone who attends my classes, and I thoroughly enjoy working with you all, thank you! Thank you also to everyone who's attended exhibitions and/or purchased artwork from me. It means a lot to me and I'm super grateful for all your support!

Here are details of my courses for the spring term at Adult Learning Lewisham that still have places available on them. All of these classes take place in person at The Brockley Rise Centre in London SE23 IPR. I hope to see some of you there!

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

1. LIFE DRAWING! Saturday Jan. 13th 10am - 3.30pm 

If you'd like to try it out or develop your life drawing skills there are places available on my Life Drawing All Day Saturday course in person at Brockley Rise on Saturday January 13th, running from 10am  - 3.30pm. Beginners and returners are very welcome! It's a great opportunity to really focus on rendering the human figure using a variety of techniques and art materials, experiment and try out a variety of techniques, with a very long pose in the afternoon to hone your skills or try something new! To book a place please follow the link below:

2. SUPER ART SATURDAY! Saturday Jan. 27th 10am - 3.30pm

Super Art Saturday one day courses run once a month at the Brockley Rise Centre, and give you an opportunity to have fun, unleash your creativity and explore a particular subject in depth. My first SAS of the year will be Watercolour VS Gouache VS Pastel, and on this one day course you'll find out different methods for using these mediums both on their own and in combination with one another. To find out more and book a place please follow this link:

3. Places are still available on one or two of my 10 week courses for Adult Learning Lewisham, book soon to avoid disappointment!

STILL LIFE  - Wednesdays from 5 - 7pm 

In person at The Brockley Rise Centre. In week one we'll kick off with some fun and interesting drawing exercises to develop freedom of expression and loosen up, followed by learning traditional drawing techniques for measuring and proportion, mark making and creating depth and tonal value. In week 2 we'll delve into the history of the Still Life genre and explore its development from Roman times and even cave paintings up to the present day. We'll examine the rules of composition and create a composition together and explore methods for working quickly and blocking in. In weeks 3 and 4 we'll try out different mediums for drawing and painting, inspired by historical and contemporary still life artists. After half term and with my help and guidance you'll have the opportunity to explore your own ideas, create a still life arrangement of your own and work in whatever medium you choose. You can work on the same composition across the 5 weeks, or try out different things each week. I'll be on hand to offer you my expert advice and guidance throughout. For more information and to book a place please follow this link: 


For the first 5 weeks of this class I offer a subject to explore in depth at the beginning of each week that you are invited to explore with me if you want to, but if not you can explore your own personal project. After half term everyone is invited to develop ideas in a personal project with guidance and advice from me. The optional subjects for the first five weeks of this term will be artist Mary Delaney and botanical collage, artist Bonnard and still life, life drawing with a nude model, impressionism and printmaking techniques that you can achieve without using a press. For more information and to book please click on this link:

WATERCOLOUR MADE EASY Fridays 1 - 3.30pm

We'll spend the first 5 weeks exploring a range of techniques, starting with experiments in week 1 using washes, wet into wet, wet on dry and watercolour pencils. In week 2 we'll explore working wet into wet and all at once to describe a still life arrangement, taking inspiration from artists Mondrian and Lucy Duke. In week 3 we'll have some fun mixing watercolour and monoprinting techniques with collage and chine colle. In week 4 we'll discover how to create a landscape using pen and ink with watercolour and learn all about the different kinds of watercolour paper and how to choose the right one to use for different projects. In week 5 we'll try out watercolour in combination with mixed media - pastel, gouache and acrylic paint. After half term you'll be free to explore your own personal project, with my help and guidance, focussing on one or using several or even all of the techniques that you'll have discovered in the first half of the course. To find out more and book a place please click on the link below:

I look forward to seeing you! With love and best wishes - Joanna

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