For our first session we looked at the history of oil pastels and how because of Picasso's intervention they they became commercially available. A lot of members hadn't used oil pastels before or were not happy using them. Therefore this first session acted as an introduction to their versatility. In creating the image of the cat, the moon and the mouse a wide range of techniques were used helping members to enjoy using them.
Week 2 Eyes surprised, beard cleared
For our second session Danny talked about how important the expression was in portraits and how the eyes could be used to tell a story. Using a prepared photograph we worked along with him to produce our own portraits of the man. Individual styles still emerged from this execise though.
Week 3 These boots are made for ..... talking
Recently the club has been looking at ways to adapt our still life sessions. Danny started with getting us to look at Vincent Van Gogh's paintings of shoes and the ways other artists had conveyed this subject matter. With Vincent's shoes he explained how by the way they were portrayed could be used to tell a story with every scuff, scratch or hole adding to their character. After producing his own well worn trainers we were given a shoe to draw using just black and white materials.
Danny always gives entertaining workshops and all three of these motivated members to try new ways of working, which when we return after the Summer break can be used in club sessions.