What's In A Workshop Anyway?

This coming Friday (it’s Weds today) I am running a ‘Drawing & Art ‘ workshop here in Suffolk.  When was the last time you attended a workshop? What did you most love (or dislike) about it? What’s in a workshop anyway?

'Drawing & Art Day' with Samantha Barnes Artist 2019

For the past couple of years, I’ve laid low on the workshop front.  My dog portrait paintings have taken precedence - my studio has demanded that I be at my drawing board instead of organising events for my clients.

Each year I run a 10 week workshop for Coastal Leisure Learning, it’s my end of year treat.  Each Friday we spend two hours learning to draw via making wonderful mistakes (I have more about this way of learning coming soon).    I really enjoyed teaching the last course, it reminded me that although my job is about making beautiful works, it’s also about people.

The workshop I am laying on this Friday is all about blowing those January blues away - shoo-ing them away with the power of getting our hands dirty and being with others in a positive environment.  

Our venue is an utterly charming Church Parish Hall - it’s wonderful and hasn’t changed much since the 1950’s, which is why it’s such a gem.

Together we are going to be heading through a drawing exercise led morning, then onto making something from those drawings in the afternoon - taking the bones of them into print or painting.

It’s going to be an upbeat  less thinking - more doing day which is just the way I love to teach - by encouraging mistakes, enjoying them and then seeing what we can further.

By the end of the day the connection between each participant & ‘doing some art’ will be solidified.  What they experience during our day will be theirs to pick up anytime that suits them, at home in everyday life.

This year, my pledge is do run more workshops.  I simply forgot how much I love doing them and being with others as they get proper stuck in.

The home-made cakes that go with the coffee are going in the oven tomorrow (not made by me, someone far more talented) the car will be loaded and we are off.

If you are interested in joining us for further workshops, simply register your interest here  (don’t worry that it says London, it’s for actually for all over the UK)

It’s not too late to join us this Friday, only £25 for the whole day. I have two spaces left. Dust off those dried up art materials under the stairs and book yourself a spot - a huge welcome awaits.

About Samantha:

Sam Barnes has been a practising artist for 25 years. Throughout her career she has had her own gallery, worked with hundreds of artists in making and marketing their own works and exhibited her own extensively. Her work has been successfully published & licensed many times. Sam is passionate about artists, makers and creatives earning a decent living from what they do. Our world needs new and beautiful things and artists deserve liveable incomes. Those two things are possible. Sam writes from her first hand experience and occasionally works 1:1 with others.

Email info@samanthabarnes.co.uk for more details.