SOPHIE Artemis’s three-week art sessions have been a great success, as you can see from some of the work produced below.

And by the time you read this, her students will have completed a fifth session!

Sessions began in November and continued into 2021 at the request of the ten attendees.

The group has certainly been on an incredible art journey during lockdown.

First, Sophie introduced them to the fundamentals of observation drawing, using tone, perspective, line and volume. All techniques have been demonstrated step by step, providing clear explanations and  answering various questions along the way.

Examples of the various techniques include: Using positive and negative space to view the subject; drawing on toned paper to show how to depict puppy fur, lips and teeth; urban and city — looking at the vertical and perspective; figures — seeing their line of action; landscapes with reflective water; trees; the Grisaille painting technique in which a monochromatic palette is used; tonal drawing — things you can see!

Sophie has led workshops at Watts Gallery, the Craft Council London, the V&A and in a high security prison. She teaches a regular drawing and illustration class and now delivers on Zoom. Her work is held at the Tate Library and the National Art Library at the V&A.

The respective group members have given permission for copies of their drawings to be exhibited over the coming months. — Marion Mitchell, Chair of the Events, Leisure & Fundraising Committee

The Illustrations on this page were done by Gillian Merrick


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