And while, in my teaching, I have regularly witnessed individual students having AHA moments of understanding, watched the great relief some experience in truly understanding something they thought was beyond them, and seen many people joyfully uplifted through their own progress, I have never seen it happen to so many people at once. It was humbling and hard to describe.
|Me introducing Paul Foxton|
I think it was the most profound, moving, inspiring and fast moving weekend of my LIFE. Such an incredible experience, so much knowledge shared. Amazing.
But it was so much fun too. Energetic and delicious!
|PJ Lynch giving his portrait demonstration.|
|Big screen was so helpful behind PJ Lynch. my son modelled for him|
|Peter Cooper encouraging students to view his sculptures.|
|Believe it or not, Paul Foxton is in the middle of this crowd, doing his demonstration.|
|Shevaun Doherty, talking us through her wonderful botanic paintings, in the gallery.|
|A bit of audience participation, playing with clay during Peter Cooper's demonstration|
|One of my figure drawing workshops|
On the first day we began with a panel discussion where the artists answered the questions I asked, each of them describing the relevance of Drawing within their own practice. This gave the audience a glimpse into the practicalities and nitty gritty of creative development. We had demonstrations in Creature Sculpting by Peter Cooper, oil portraiture by PJ Lynch, Studio Practice with Paul Foxton, talks by Colleen Barry and Shevaun Doherty. In between all of this, students peered at the drawings and sketch books and roughs on display in the gallery.
|My wonderful volunteers, Pamela, Katy, Rory, Niamh, Liz, Lisa (chief whip) and Judith. I couldn't have done it without them, they were fantastic.|
On the second day, PJLynch, Paul Foxton and I gave workshops (in portrait drawing, Studio Practice and Figure Drawing) and this was a marathon for the students AND us! I worked out that over 300 pieces of artwork were generated that day - that's a lot of drawing.
It was an extravaganza. And I look forward to doing it again!
|PJ Lynch portrait workshop|
|Some lovely student drawings|
|By the end of the weekend, my volunteers were a bit the worse for wear...|
Here is just some of the lovely feedback I recieved from students:
From G.M. - A really talented and inspiring bunch of people - all gathered by you and infected by your enthusiasm. Well done on it all. The organisation, balance of presentations and goodwill engendered was fantastic.
From J.F. - Well I absolutely loved the course and was really pleased I got to take part in it. I was there for the weekend only. My highlights were
- Colleen Barry's talk - I felt privileged to be in the same room as her.
- P.J.s Workshop - Thoroughly enjoyed this and was very happy with my portrait. I'm a member of Illustrator's Ireland, as is PJ and I was feeling trepidation about doing his workshop. I draw cartoon people while he creates masterpieces so I was feeling a bit mortified but he was great and I really learned a lot.
- Your workshop and I'm not just saying that :) I feel like my drawing is very stiff so your workshop was EXACTLY what I need to loosen up and look at things differently - inside edges instead of outlines.
Paul Foxton made comments about it on his blog here
Photos are here on PJLynch's Facebook page
More photos here on Paul Foxton's Facebook page: