Expressive Life Drawing class dates

Expressive Life Drawing At Toi poneke, Abel Smith St, Thursday 29th, October, 12th nov, 19th Nov, 26th Nov, 3rd Dec, 10th Dec, 6 – 8pm Learn to draw, or hone your skills with new, surprising and fun exercises. We generate a wide variety of marks and approaches to drawing, diving in and covering our pages…

Queer and trans* drawing class

FULL CLASS- message me to go on the list for next time! Up next! We always have such a good time with this class. It’s wonderful to build community in a gentle way, while doing something together. We make drawings that are experiments – playful learning about materials, and then move into drawing a model….

How to get through – staying creative

I feel like writing a letter. It starts – Dear creatives, dear humans, dear fellow isolated and fearful friends. How shall we get through this time? I have felt myself shrinking and retreating fast – my whole body closing up as I read more and more online about this virus. But this is not good…

What if? Naenae drawing workshops

Sometimes if you have a question, you gotta get out and ask it with others. What came up really strongly in this free workshop to explore where we live, is that “All of our perspectives are different.” I heard that in different ways, all day, and yes, you’re so right! I love drawing as a…

Circling and returning

Recently I’ve been feeling like I’m at the top of a growth cycle. You know, just before things move forward in new ways, before a breakthrough. So this week I designed Expressive Life Drawing class to reflect this. We made 2 minute drawings, three of them, working across and around the body,using different techniques each…

What does expressive drawing mean?

What I teach is not easy, it’s not generally easy to express ourselves! It’s much easier to teach technical tips, and they’re really great to have in our toolkit. But expression? That’s a messy, unpredictable, original thing. Original because it’s different for everyone. Messy because we find out through doing, experimenting and trying stuff out….

We should have an exhibition!

In the last class, we all bring our drawings in. The floor is carpeted with expressive life drawing – bold charcoal swirls, delicate personal watercolour webs. A huge document of what we have experienced and made together. I’d really like to share some of it. I have booked the gallery at Vincent’s Art Workshop for…

Permission and expression

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we give ourselves permission. The inner critic is strong, and we have ideas in our heads about what is a ‘good’ drawing. And also, what fear looks like. Slow, careful, diffiult lines, with shoulders hunched, eyes screwed up, and all the while fearing who is looking over our…

BIG drawing class

It’s so rare we have permission to go wild, move, be free and make a beautiful, alive, wild piece. We are battling our inner critic, the so called ‘right way’ to do things, and fear of making a mess. What if you were allowed? What if everything inside was allowed to spill onto the page?…