Amanda Hislop

A non-refundable deposit which is 50% of the class fee will confirm your place

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Exploring Trees as a Theme
2 day workshop

Be inspired by trees; a lone tree on the horizon, tall poplars in lines across the landscape, reflections in rivers, lakes and puddles, woodland with glimpses of light and the landscape beyond, or look up close at the detail, bark and wood grain. Develop your expressive skills using painterly mark making, layering and mixed media, creating personal design ideas drawing out the essence of trees within the landscape.

Explore line and texture through simple print and mark making with a limited colour palette. Let your work unfold and develop through creative sampling experimentation with layered papers, fabric and threads to create unique tree inspired tactile surfaces to work with hand and or free machine stitch.

Seascapes Unfold; an exploration in colour and texture with hand stitch
2 day workshop, Wed & Thur 21 & 22 July 2021.    10.00-16.00 £150

Take an abstract view of sea and shore, a closer look at colour combinations and textures, explore through mark making and painterly print to create surfaces to fragment, overlay and place in simple collage arrangements to work with hand stitch.

Explore the colours and textures of the sea and shore through expressive mark making and painterly print, through to development with abstract collage arrangements and simple hand stitch.

During the course explore a restrained colour palette with line and texture working with a series of print blocks and mark making to develop personal language creating a selection of surfaces to fragment, overlay and develop. Explore surfaces created, simplify, abstract and fragment. Think abstraction, work intuitively through a random system of placement creating highly individual arrangements of small abstract collages to work into with simple hand stitch.

 Limitations: exploring possibilities with colour and folded forms    Thur&Fri 24&25 June 2021  £155

Colour exploration…less is more; working within the restraints of a limited colour palette let colour mix and mingle in an exploratory workshop creating subtle colour combinations in response to landscape.

Explore subtle mixes of colour and tonal variation; contrast, overlay, thicken and dilute. Experiment with gloss and matt acrylic mediums to alter texture and transparency, playing with the application of paint using specific brushes and tools. Use wet strength papers with cloth as a base to explore a restricted colour palette with painterly technique generating rich surfaces with the possibility of developing these with hand stitch.

Student Requirements

  • A number 10 or 12 round brush, a ½ inch bristle brush
  • Apron/overall
  • Needles for hand stitch if required

Materials Fee

Papers, threads and additional art materials, equipment and resources for student use will be supplied at a cost of £4-

  • Papers- newsprint and tissue
  • Tea bag paper.
  • Wet strength tissue ½ sheet each?
  • Cotton cloth [sheeting or calico]
  • acrylics in landscape colours and white and Paynes grey.
  • Matt and gloss gel medium to mix
  • Cellulose paste with pva
  • Selection of hand stitch threads
Taking sketchbooks further: personal collections-exploring line and form, developing observation into abstract thoughts in a concertina book   Tue&Wed 14&15 Sept 2021   £155

Developing personal character and style; take an intuitive approach to developing ideas in response to personal collections through exploration in a concertina style sketchbook. Observe closely, looking for line texture and colour, draw to interpret chosen forms, finding the essence and exaggerating characteristics generating abstract ideas for development in personal projects.

Use line to write and record observations in descriptive notes; move on to the use of line to describe form and tone, get to know the subject, be free and explore those empty sketchbook pages…colour, cut tear and fold, the choice is yours.

Student Requirements:

The ephemera we collect as memory of ‘place’, shells and stones, drift wood, lichen covered sticks, tree bark, seed heads and pods, interesting forms which catch the eye and form a collection. Gather a personal collection, select interesting portable pieces to bring to the workshop.

  • A personal selection of inspirational source material- [see above.]
  • An concertina sketchbook A5 or A6 or a selection of folded paper from which to make your own for example Khadi cotton rag paper zigzag pages or a variety of folded papers of your choice, folded size A5 or smaller.
  • Drawing materials of choice; include drawing pens of various thicknesses, a biro, pencils, graphite and so on.
  • Choice of colour mediums; e.g. Inktense pencils or blocks, aquarelle, graphite and coloured pencils etc.
  • Scissors
  • Solid glue stick-  Pritt or similar

Materials Fee:

Papers, threads and additional art materials, equipment and resources for student use will be supplied at a cost of £4

 Amanda will supply the following:

Bag of papers

Bag of threads/fibres

Tissue paper

Lens tissue and tea bag paper

Box coloured papers

Koh i noor waterbased dye palettes

Candle wax

Walnut ink

Emulsion paint

[spare drawing paper]