Learn & Discover

There are many ways to learn.

The resources I offer focus specifically on creativity and abstraction, “beyond the vase, or bowl of fruit”, and offer an opportunity to explore other modes of expression, looking at bowls of fruit or vases in a different way, or to capture in a painting what a really good piece of chocolate tastes like. Fees upon request.

I have also developed a ‘creativity pack’ of playing cards suitable for quick starting creative processes, a card a day keeps the blank canvas away.

These courses are for anyone interested in developing artistic abilities.  The courses focus exclusively on the freedom of abstract forms of expressionm so while you may paint a tree, or a vase or bowl of fruit, you’ll be encouraged to move beyond what you see to how you feel, to express yourselves, much in the way creative writing classes help people unlock their writing talent.

Unlike the usual art courses, mine do not require any ability to draw.  Indeed, drawing can be a challenge for many as it presents so many assumptions about talent, and what it means to ‘do’ art. And not being able to draw has discouraged talented people.  Henry Peacock in his book “Art as Expression” noted that his students who were good at drawing displayed in his view less creative insights of what they saw than those who drew badly. The poor drawers, therefore, were better at interpreting what they saw and were therefore more likely to express creativity.

In my own work, I think of drawing more like note-taking, and we can all take notes, so in that sense, drawing is more about notes for your own artistic work, than an end itself.

These courses are for people who wish to develop artistic talent, perhaps who missed art classes in high school because of other studies, and then got too busy with life and work. Now, perhaps you wish to revisit missed opportunities, such as art, in the same way as others decide later in life to learn another language or play an instrument. There is no good reason that you can’t be as successful as you wish, as you bring your own life-experience to bear on your art.

The courses assume no particular experience with painting, as the focus is on using painting methods as a way of releasing artistic talent which we all have. The courses use various exercises and activities to encourage fresh thinking and help you express yourself artistically.

Individual tutoring can be arranged if preferred. However, please enquire about courses as they are only offered when there is a small group wanting one.

Generally, you’ll need a few colours of paint (acrylic is advised as it is affordable and easy to use; watercolour is also an option as are pastels or pencils, whatever feels comfortable in your hand), and something to paint on – a pad of reasonably heavy paper (150 gsm for starters and heavier paper later on) and bigger than A4 size is good; you can use a canvas if you like, too. A easel can be used or simply a sheet of plywood or plexiglass as a surface. The different course descriptions give a bit more on what materials you’ll need. If you’ll be using paper, you may need some masking tape to hold it down. See MAKE for information about materials if you’re unsure.

Courses Available

How much time do you have, and what do you want?

Try this course

A couple of hours to a full day, but only once in awhile

The Abstract Imagination

Half a day to 5 days; I want something on a regular basis

Dining at the Abstract Café

5 days. I need a holiday

The Creative ‘I’

It’s a work thing

Art and Creativity in the Workplace

I want something specific but different. I only have half a day at a time.

I want to see objects differently

Abstract Still Life

I want to see the world differently

Abstract Landscapes and Cityscapes

I want to see people differently

Abstract Figures

I want to go beyond!

Abstract Abstraction