Thursday, 29 July 2010

Summer Workshops

By popular demand we are putting on a couple of workshops in August so you're drawing and painting skills needn't get rusty during the summer break.

For all you painters out there, or just those who would like longer poses we are running an untutored life painting and drawing workshop over two days, 24th and 25th August, full details here.

We are also pleased to offer a special treat for the more adventurous... on Saturday 21st August James Alexander is running a one off all day session of his 'Larger than Life' class, and we have booked popular model Michaela and her snake, full details here.

Art in Action - Pictures

We had a lovely time at Art in Action this year, the weather kept mostly dry and the turnout was great 25,000+!

Thanks to Damien and Mark and all the Art in Action staff for looking after us.

The masterclasses proved very popular with good crowds jostling to see our artists in action

Ruth Wallace in action

Ros Ford on her stand

Helen Frost

Carol Peace and Ros Ford

You can see more photos on our Flickr account here

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Art In Action

We are off to Art in Action this week, this is a huge arts festival  just outside oxford where we have been invited to show in the Drawing Tent.

About Art in Action:
Founded in 1977, Art in Action is a festival of fine art and master craftsmanship, where artists take the visitor on a creative journey by demonstrating what they do, often from concept to completion. Staged in the grounds of Waterperry House, Oxfordshire, artists set up their studios each July in one of many spacious marquees. They work in front of visitors, giving them the rare opportunity to observe the creative process at first hand.
More information here:

Art in Action Press Release
In 2010 the Drawing section is focussing on the role of the art school in nurturing the next generation of artists. We feel that education is crucial; and that Art in Action can help to support and showcase schools that share our vision of artists - artists who combine deep thoughtfulness about the role and content of art in contemporary society with a level of masterful craftsmanship that evokes beauty in every cultivated form. Bristol Drawing School has been selected, and represented in the Drawing tent are three of its senior tutors plus one student who was awarded a place in recognition of excellence.

Bristol Drawing School is a not for profit private arts venue and education facility that aims to encourage and nurture the art of drawing, not only as an art form in its own right, but as an essential part of the creative process. We offer drawing courses and workshops throughout the year as well as curating a regular series of exhibitions and artist talks. We see our role as being able to provide a variety courses suited to professional artists as well as beginners, without the need to gain formal qualifications and with the flexibility for them to study them as often as they like. We provide a nurturing atmosphere where artists, students and tutors mix together providing support and encouragement, and as a school we promote their work as much as possible, for example in a recent exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy. We are currently expanding our curriculum to include complementary skills such as painting and printmaking but with these as in the drawing courses the emphasis is on the learning and practice of the skills needed to excel in these arts.

Life Drawing Masterclass:

Every day at 11.00am and 4.00pm the Bristol Drawing School artists will gather round a life model for 1 hour, in a recreation of the age-old rarefied environment of the life-room. Members of the public can watch as four life drawings rapidly unfold before their eyes, revealing both the magic of the drawing process and the fascinating difference between one artist and another as they each represent the same subject in entirely individual ways.

Festival runs from Thursday 15 July to Sunday 18 of July 2010 - See you there!