This art club gives you a place in a small online community where we all participate and join in together, and you are not muted! You are free to share, ask questions, chat and discuss what we are doing. When difficulties come up for you, there is support. There is no pressure whatsoever to share your work, but you are encouraged to. The projects may take you out of your comfort zone into new and unfamiliar places – where you will learn far more than you could by working on your own.
Sharing our work is an important part of becoming more visible as artists, and there is an emphasis on making cards, our signature “flying art postcards” and giftable art, so you will not be buying any more manufactured cards!
This style of art club is inclusive, and people with varying levels of art experience are all welcome. It is also priced as low as possible. You are encouraged to give it time, and to invest yourself in learning all the processes.
What is included?
Two sessions a month, one is teaching session and one is a practice session, where you work on the project that was started in the first session.
Guidance, support and discussion on the emotional and spiritual issues that come up in the process of art making, for example, Is my work good enough, how do I evaluate my own work, how do I get into flow with my art and stay there, what do I do when I get stuck, how do I get out of a rut with my work, how do I find my own unique style, and how do I move beyond my present limitations?
The group eliminates the loneliness one can feel when you are learning and practising art, or as the only artist in your household or community. Connecting and working alongside with other artists is inspiring and energising. More than that, it nourishes on a deep level to see the work someone else is doing, share in the challenges they are facing in themselves, and see them come through them as they develop over time. It’s easier to appreciate someone else’s work and their struggles than our own, and the sincere responses of your companions will encourage you. We are an international community, and working with people in different countries is fun!
Finding your own style – this is possible when you work and re-work the taught projects and find out for yourself what works for you, and why. Once you have learned these methods, they will yours you to dip into whenever you want!
The curriculum includes mixed media: watercolour, acrylics, acrylic inks, gouache, collage, paint pens, and crayons. We work on a range of surfaces including paper, postcards, board, canvas and art journals. The emphasis is on abstract, modern mixed media.
Here are the ideas we will be playing with – depending on the group speed of working, we may not be able to cover them all in one year, and topics will be discussed with you:
Mixed media hearts for alternative Valentine’s cards!
Circles – if a line is a dot that is taken for a walk, then we are taking circles for a spin. Circles can be so many things – planets, moons, suns, flowers, spirals, rocks, seashells – and even the way you draw a circle is completely unique to you, as no two people do it the same. Later in the year we will also play with:
Flow. Getting into flow with watercolour and acrylic inks. Inky, wet, moody seas and skies
Abstract backgrounds, with expressive mark making
Collage as a way to bring depth, texture and “archaeological” resonance
Mixed media art journalling (hide or highlight your words with paint)
Oriental-inspired decorative panels, acrylic on board
Fantasy goddess portraits
Postcards, seasonal and birthday cards and arty gifts
Recycling/repurposing old boxes etc to make gorgeous art
Making rock piles with acrylic skins
Painting on black paper and dark backgrounds
How does it work
This is an ongoing membership group. You attend live sessions on Zoom in a small group, where everyone works on the same project together.
A Zoom link is sent to you ahead of each session. Sessions can be recorded for members who have to miss a session, if this is acceptable to those present.
Those of you who are on Facebook can participate in the group chat and sharing on Kitchen Table Art Journalling. Ongoing discussions and sharing of work between sessions takes place by email chat. You can send me photos of your ongoing work for feedback and suggestions between sessions.
Sessions are held on Sundays at 3-5.30pm UK time. The first session is January 24th. There are 18 sessions spaced throughout the year, avoiding the main holiday times, held in blocks of two sessions for each project.
Each session is focused on a specific project or process and you will be advised which materials to bring. We follow the wheel of the year in terms of seasonal themes. You are encouraged to practise between sessions, as the more you practise, the better results you will see growing in front of you. You will create work you will be proud to share!