Shapes in Nature

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Join us for a short series of interactive Zoom sessions exploring nature’s dynamic forms and effects!

In Week 1 we will make observational sketches, studying lines, shapes and structures in natural forms, and sharpen our observational skills to translate what we see to the page. In the following two weeks, we’ll be working further with our sketches, experimenting with for example cropping, composition, gesture, geometry and collage to explore just a few approaches to ‘abstraction’. Though perhaps we might associate ‘abstract’ with art that doesn’t show anything recognisable (or even seeks to confuse), we’ll look at how abstraction can interestingly explore some of the fundamentals of drawing and how the eye reads images, as well as reveal aspects of order and chaos in nature.

Whether you’ve recently found a renewed interest in drawing and art, or simply wish to enjoy time being creative and ‘thinking on paper’, this online class will give you lots of new directions for your art! 

At home, please have ready some basic drawing materials for Week 1 - a sketchbook or pad of drawing paper, with pencils (of several different grades, hard to soft i.e. HB, 3B, 6B would be great), a sharpener, a putty rubber or good soft eraser and a ruler. Also, please collect together a selection of plants or other kinds of natural forms (such as shells, feathers etc.), or if you can’t find very many, you can also have ready some photographs you wish to work from. In the following two weeks, there is the option to work with further materials, so you may wish to gather together a few extras such as charcoal, ink, and also scissors and a glue stick.

Please also make sure you have a comfortable space to work in, leaning on a table or using a drawing board if you have one, where there is good lighting.

Tutor: Aimee Labourne
Venue: Online by Zoom meeting
Duration / Dates: Saturdays for 3 weeks starting 8 May 2020
Times: 10.30am - 12noon
Cost: £19.35 / £9.68c
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Evening classes
  • The Scotish Goverment
  • Shetland Island Council
  • Learn Direct Scotland