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Drawing: Apr - July 2019

Drawing: Apr - July 2019

Led by Madeline Goold

The purpose of these classes is to teach the art of drawing as an end in itself, as well as part of the process of creating paintings, sculpture, prints, and different crafts such as embroidery, jewellery, and ceramics.  Drawing is the bedrock of all forms of visual creativity; it gives a firm grounding to every aspect of artistic endeavour.  Preliminary drawing was the invariable practice of great artists throughout the ages.  Drawing helps us to look more closely, to see more clearly and to discover the truth of appearances.  To draw is to see, and just as everyone sees the world differently, so everyone’s drawing will be different. It is good to look at drawings by past and present masters, and to learn from them, but no one should compare their drawing unfavourably to drawings by anyone else, or be discouraged if their drawing does not look like some imagined ‘right’ way; there is no definitive ‘correct’ way to draw.  Drawing takes many forms, from the fleeting record to the considered study; no one style is right – everyone can draw in their own way. The aim of drawing at Artrix is to encourage an individual approach while introducing ideas and techniques of the Masters, so that with understanding and practice you can develop a personal style that reflects your way of seeing the world. 

Each class lasts for two hours.  Each week we will look briefly at an aspect of the history of drawing, from the earliest known drawings to the present day.  We will look at materials, tools and techniques; and how, where and what to draw.  The subjects are innumerable - landscape, portraits, observational drawing, reportage, still life, botanical and flower drawing, life drawing, imaginative drawing, almost anything can be a worthy subject - and the materials are many – pencils from 4H to 8B, pens of all kinds – dip pen, technical pen, small nib/large nib, graphite, Conte, charcoal, pastel, crayon, ink, brush, chalk, watercolour, gouache, oil paint, sticks, stylus, brush and many experimental materials.

As you practice you will begin not only to look but to really SEE your subject, however humble, as you have never seen it before.  You will become so absorbed in drawing that time will stand still.  Problems, requirements, trivial and pressing concerns will recede and the world will go away when you draw. Drawing will stimulate your ideas and creativity; you will begin to see the world differently.  You will notice more things and see them more fully.  Above all, drawing will enrich your perception and enjoyment of the world more than you could ever have imagined. 

Madeline Goold is a professional sculptor, a stone carver for whom drawing is the most essential tool.  She has taught sculpture and drawing workshops through the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Public Arts.  Elected to the Society of Wildlife Artists in 2009, she exhibits annually at The Mall Galleries in London, in solo and group exhibitions, and lectures on art throughout the UK.



Term runs weekly from Tuesday 30th April - 9th July 2019


No classes 28th May


£10 per week


Limited to 10 spaces per class

Why not stay afterward for a bite to eat in our café?  More information can be found here


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