Sunday, 21 December 2008

Drawing Interiors Exhibition

Many thanks to Ruth and Fran for such a fabulous exhibition.

Some comments from visitors:

Gobsmacking effort - how on earth is it adhered? KH

Great exhibition; atmospheric and very intriguing efforts GV

Fabulous! Very inspiring! EB

Drawing is one of the things that I forget to do, even though it is as simple as picking up a pencil and piece of paper. Thank you for reminding me just hpw beautiful, essential and inspirational it is. YB

Very interesting art, glad it's so close and available. Keep going! SI

Incredible drawing you both have very impressive control of this medium. Very intriguing and pondrous images. M

Friday, 31 October 2008


Some writing below from one of the artists from our Drawing Matters exhibition, Robert Clarke, I hope you might find interesting

For more of Robert's work have a look at


Equipment: Molskine Cahier Notebook {21 x 13 cms.} Pelikan fountain pen. Layout: Each page drawn recto and verso; many drawings extend across double pages.

"What is the distance a drawing covers but the space between two correspondences, one of which will exist just as well without you, but the other one will not. It is the mystifying existence of the former that drives the latter out of hiding to express itself in confessions of love or at the astonishment of consciousness. Whether or not it is art is besides the point. What counts is that it comes from us, is ours, mine and yours, shared between ourselves. When a blackbird comes to my garden, I do not demand that it account for itself and tell me what its songs mean; I know only that it sings beautiful blackbird songs and for that moment there is no distance and we are one. "

"Drawing is my blackbird song. I sing and that's all. Each drawing is a scrap of a song. It's taken years of practice just to get that far - which, compared to what a blackbird can sing, isn't far at all. Each new song is an unfolding of what, until then, has not been sung. I don't know where it's going, other than to the next song. And that's enough: just one more song, and one more song after that, and so on, until I can no longer sing my blackbird songs. But that's all right - for another blackbird will come along with new songs and the wheel will turn. "
Robert Clarke

Monday, 13 October 2008

Landscape Drawing Workshop

To coincide with her work showing at the Bristol Contemporary Open Exhibition, Ros Ford ran a landscape drawing workshop here at the school. Students went outside and made drawings of the River Avon, with the focus on experimental techniques and using a variety of techniques. They then got together for a large collaborative piece at the end of the day.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Street Studio at The Mall Broadmead Bristol

As part of the Big Draw celebrations we put on a free come and draw street studio in the Mall Broadmead (formerly Galleries). We had entertainment from Rose and Brian Popay from the very fine Fine Artistes encouraging passers by to sit down for a while and draw a still life, or take part in a large collaborative drawing of Bristol.

We had a huge response with people of all ages overcoming the initial reluctance to take the time out from their frantic shopping and draw us a picture, some stayed for only a couple of moments others for a number of hours!

We have even more images on Flickr

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Etching From Life Workshop

This weekend we ran two Etching From Life workshops with Jason Hicklin. One day courses where students drew from a life model directly onto a plate and created a series of etchings.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Jason Hicklin Exhibition : Comments

A few of the great comments we have had about the show so far:

"Absolutely Stunning" - HB
"Fantastic Work" - LFJ
"Beautiful, expansive, spirited evocation of landscape" - AW
"Wonderful Show" - NH
"Inspiring images, I like the immediacy and speed of the way you work" - NC
"Very atmospheric!" - LC
"Beautiful, inspiring exhibition" - LW

Friday, 5 September 2008

Jason Hicklin Exhibition : Private View Talk

Last night we were all treated to a fascinating talk by the contemporary landscape artist, Jason Hicklin.

To the fitting accompaniment of pouring rain, Jason gave us all a generous insight into the techniques he uses as well as telling us stories from the extreme landscapes he works with.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Drawing Interiors

Our winter exhibition details have now been finalized and we are excited to have two artists Fran Richardson and Ruth Wallace exhibiting with us.

Both artists have different approaches to similar themes of absence in a domestic setting.

Fran’s drawings exploit the blackness of the charcoal to create a dark, shadowy, unhomely place where unusual furniture and objects emerge from an endless void. Areas of the paper are left exposed for dramatic contrast with the dazzling light acting as a barrier to the possibilities beyond the confines of the architecture.

Ruth makes large-scale drawings in charcoal, graphite and mixed media. Her recent work, which centres on portrayals of women’s clothing, explores the dichotomy between absence and presence and the homely and the disturbing in relation to the domestic interior. It also addresses issues connected with memory and female identity and is informed by the distinctive visual style of film noir.

We hope this exhibition will be quiet and thought provoking relief to the usual Christmas mayhem.

Untitled-Lamp3 - Fran Richardson
Untitled – Lamp 3, 2007, Charcoal on Fabriano 5, Fran Richardson

For further details about Fran's work visit
For further details about Ruth click here

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Exhibition: Richard Box

We are pleased to announce that the artist Richard Box will be having a solo show at the Bristol Drawing School next spring, 16th Feb - 24th Feb 2009.

Richard specializes in the use of light using neon and glass and will also be showing how drawing and mark making influence and help him in his work.

For more information visit his website

Shake Pole 30.09 -15.10.06 by Richard Box
Shake Pole 30.09 -15.10.06

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Autumn Term Timetable

Our Autumn term timetable is now available for booking.

We have a new tutor this term, Ruth Wallace, who ran our successful Developing Texture workshop in June, who will be running a Drawing course on Monday mornings.

We also have a new course, The Process of Drawing, aimed at experienced students. This course is aimed at helping students develop their work further and will involve individual tuition as well as group discussion.

Valerie Bowes returns to Monday afternoons with her popular Life Drawing class, and as a result the untutored class moves to Wednesday afternoon, where there is an opportunity to then continue drawing into the evening with the Wednesday evening drop in class. Discounts available if you book both sessions!

For further details have a look at our website

To book any course ring 0845 680 1409

Monday, 23 June 2008

Developing Texture in Drawing Workshop

This weekend we held our first two day adult drawing workshop. It was run by Ruth Wallace and was an opportunity for the students to explore a variety of drawing materials and techniques, full details here.

A good time was had by all and some interesting work was produced, below are some images from the weekend.

Ruth will be running a weekly drawing class this autumn term, have a look at our website for more information.