After holding a passion for art for many years, and never taking classes, I decided to give the ‘Introduction to Drawing Workshop’ that is run by Liz Gunning a go.
The beginners class is held at the Ironbridge Fine Arts and Framing gallery, in a studio area situated at the rear of the building, surrounded by fine art and crafts, and plenty of visual eloquence.
Liz teaches the fundamental techniques of drawing such as lines, shading, compositions and dimensions with materials which include pencil, pastels and ink.
The course aims beginners to achieve a good understanding of forms by initially learning to draw geometric shapes and single objects.
Alongside this Liz introduced mark making techniques, revealing her many years of experience as an artist.
My first assignment was to draw a still life piece of an oil lamp and an arrangement of pewter jugs in varying sizes in order to create depth and dimensions; allowing the exploration of shape and size. The end product appeared much better than I had initially anticipated due to the simple techniques taught by Liz before hand. This allowed me to see still objects in a new light.
On completing the course you will definitely acquire and improve your drawing techniques. You will have a good grasp of forms and the ability to use basic materials and a motivation to develop new skills