Our 2022 Workshops concluded on the weekend. While the natural environment of the granite highlands in itself draws participants we decided to continue an experiment begun in a previous workshop series, by adding a human element to the subject.
On each of the recent weekends we provided models, a different one for each day. A discussion in the morning ascribed a character to the model while the particular landscape setting provided an individual scenario for the drawing session.
We’re interested in bridging a cultural and natural divide and developing stories of people in nature, stories, initially that have their origins in histories that haven’t been overrun by mythological constructs.
The Human element is intended to absorb the artist into the scene and to draw out stylistic choices based on cultural associations not stereotypically paired with scenic painting and drawing.
The results are encouraging, with artists finding resources both from within their repertoire of methods and from cultural experiences to apply in creating inventive pictorial works.
We will be publishing the 2023 workshop schedule early in the new year. All the best and thanks to all participants in helping to create memorable and meaningful events.