Welcome to my October blog - we are well and truly into Autumn and it's perfect art club weather. We've had a great start to the year and nearly finished our first block of classes - well done. For our next block, we’re going to have a project so you can create a more developed piece of artwork in response to a theme. Our next block classes starts on 10th November - to book, contact Jennie on 07706 115436. The Big Draw launches this month, with lots of creative workshops going on around the country ( and further afield). The launch at Manchester Art Gallery was brilliant with lots of activity going on throughout the gallery. I really enjoyed the Posca pen drawings around the glass panels of the gallery, the drawing with Gary Scribbler and creating placards. As part of the Big draw, I have different workshops happening Monthly workshops 10.45-12.15, £12 6th October Mexican Halloween Masks 3rd November Fashion Illustrated tote bags 1st December Christmas glass lantern and printmaking cards Autumn Art school Morning and afternoon workshops on 28th and 29th October with different themed workshops.£18 per workshop 30th October 10.30-12 noon. Free Art Session at Formby Pool. For all ages, drop in, no need to book. Alder Hey Children's Hospital

10th / 24th / 31st October 11-2pm. Free make and take sessions in the Atrium. We'll be creating tribal paper headdress, super hero peg dolls and Halloween Bunting How to... Explore drawing This month, I’ll be sharing ideas on drawing. Quite fitting with October being the main month for the Big Draw and coincidentally it’s the subject my young creative Billie choice for her guest blog.

One of my favourite techniques is continuous line drawing both personally and in teaching. It’s a great technique for many reasons: * It gets you started without really thinking about what the drawing looks like [if !supportLineBreakNewLine]


* It has a lovely Doodle quality and creates an organic drawing * It’s quick and instant so you can do as little or as many as you’d like. * It’s a great way to practice drawing and being present in the moment Continuous line is drawing without taking your pen off the paper. It works best with fine liners ( any colours) as you can really see the line quality and thickness. All you need to do is focus on keeping your pen on the page and draw what you see. In between that time and space, a drawing occurs. It’s not about being perfect or correct, it’s about developing your hand eye coordination, making a mark and enjoy drawing! When you’re drawing, you should typically spend 70% of the time looking and 30% of the time actually drawing. How often do we sit and look at the world around us. No plan, nowhere to be, just sitting and observing. Every time I do a drawing session, there is always a moment of concentration where everyone is present and it’s so calming. Drawing is definitely a form of meditation and the more we do it, the more can be present and enjoy it. For this technique try * Drawing people * Drawing objects * Layering drawings on top of each other ( you could swap your drawing with a friend and repeat the technique) * Use different materials ( Sharpies, fine liner, pen) * With your dominant hand * With your non dominant hand * Drawing with 2 materials at the same time ( tape then together) * Drawing on tracing paper and layer the pages on top of each other Enjoy!

Sketching by Billie Monahan Clarkson

Sketching is a very popular type of art. This is the type of art many people begin with as it doesn’t need many supplies, just paper and a pencil.

Marco Mazzoni is a famous sketching artist. His pictures usually have a person with nature such as bird and plant growing out of there faces. Is sketching is very skilled and is at a high level.Marco Mazzoni is a Milan-based Italian artist, originally from Tortona. He only uses coloured pencils in his work. The face are very detailed and it usually had blood, flowers and other materials in his work.

Paul Cadden

Paul Cadden is a hyperrealist artist. When I first looked at his work I thought it was black and white images but when I looked closer I sure that is was in face a drawing! He produces around seven pieces per year, taking an average of between three and six weeks each. His works are usually in A1 or A0 sizes and are often created using only a pencil, though he also uses pastels, watercolours, acrylic, and chalk.

Howard Brodie

He was also a famous sketcher but he was best know for his world war drawing. He used to work in the army. He went to California School of fine arts. During the Second World War, Brodie was a regular contributor to the Army weekly, Yank magazine, and covered both the Pacific and European theaters of war. He did not carry a gun, but worked as a medic when needed. After covering the Battle of the Bulge, he received a Bronze Star for “aiding the wounded and coolness under fire”.Brodie’s wonderfully loose, gestural drawings, often done with Prismacolor pencils, capture the experience of combat with an immediacy and emphasis not found in photographs.

Sketching helps develop a number of different areas of your brain. You develop your ability to focus and pay attention, a skill that can be very useful throughout your life and career.it helps you solve problems easier. It helps you become more creative. It also develops hand-eye coordination so that everyday tasks can become easier for you.