Just ran a brilliant two day course with a group of 8 amateur artists. 'Students arrived early, in the sunshine, having driven from all parts of the country. They all got to know each other, chatting, drinking tea and looking at my work displayed in the arts centre while I unloaded my car and set things up for an evening presentation and demo. I was concerned that my MAC laptop may not be fully compatible with the centres 'digi' projector but after buying the suitable convertor, everything went well... :-)
We ate at 7 and drank complimentary wine (always tastes better when it's free).. I decided to go and do some painting and my 'students' eager to start the course early, followed me to the studio. I did another demo and talked about what we would be doing over the next two days.
After a wonderful Full Monty breakfast on Monday morning, we jumped in cars and went up to look across the valley from the Top Road at Holloway. By lunch time, after a hard mornings work in the hot sunshine, everyone was well on the way to filling there first sketchbook with lots of quick 5, 10 and 15 minute studies.
After large Buffet Lunch we worked on some mixed media studies in the studio, experimenting with a variety of materials until dinner at 7.00.... I then did another hours demo before going to the Jug and Glass for a very well earned pint or two of Copper Dragon.
On the second day, we had more fun and everyone worked really hard until 4.30 when we had a mini exhibition of work... A really enjoyable time made even better by the wonderful cooking and hospitality shown by Sue and Alan Barber who run the centre.
I have just returned from the gym where I have been to try and lose some of the pounds I put on in just over two days...
If anyone is thinking of doing a residential art course, I would really recommend Pear Tree Farm. ;-)