Drawing and Painting Workshop – University of Derby 07/11/18
A small group of GCSE art students were invited to participate in a drawing and painting workshop, based on their achievement in that particular area of the subject. The workshop was lead by a professional artist, Edward Sutcliffe, a photo realistic portrait painter who has previously won the prestigious BP portrait award. Sutcliffe was able to impart some of his experiences as a practicing artist and talk to the students about practical tips to improve the quality of their painting. Students were shown how to draw out a portrait as accurately as possible using a grid method. They were then encouraged to search for block shapes of tones, which they painted in using a variety of shades of grey. The result was a fantastic series of monochromatic portraits. After the session, we were given the opportunity to explore the university’s art facilities, allowing us to witness young artists working within their own studio spaces and with the specialist equipment provided, such as the screen printing room. Overall, it was a very inspiring and thought provoking day, allowing those involved to hone their skills, as well as getting an insight into life in further art education and beyond.