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?…

Expressive Drawing Weekend workshop at Wellesley School

If you’re after a real treat here’s one! Two days of Expressive drawing, right by the ocean, with lunches provided. When I teach a 2 hours class, we learn and try our exercises, that we then build into a longer drawing. This is a chance to really dive in to an abundance of approaches in…

Naenae Clubhouse Hands on Art Making Class

Hands on Art Making Class at Naenae Clubhouse.. Tonight we drew each other without looking at the page, and used Colour to look for the light and shadow…. I love this class. #siantorringtonartclasses #blinddrawing #trusttheprocess #artmakingtogether #findingout

Hands on art classes in Naenae

I’ve been living in Naenae for the last two years, and I’m so happy to be sharing some art time with the Naenae Clubhouse. Tonight we took lines for a walk, and then washed the colours around  and then added pastel colours. It’s all about find out, and trying things out. So when someone wanted…

“No vulnerability, no creativity”

I love this about the conditions we need to be able to learn. Brene Brown, Daring Classrooms “No vulnerability, no creativity.” “85% of the people I’ve interviewed over the last 15 years remember a shaming experience at school that changed forever how they think of themselves as learners.” Brene Brown Over the years, I have…

Using a sketchbook

I just got home from 10 days in Mexico, and I’ve been using a sketchbook daily. Its a new practice for me  particularly that if keeping everything in one (small!) place. I’ve always used the studio wall as my sketch book, including at art school, where I would photograph the large scale assembled pages and…

November expressive Life Drawing update

Colour colour colour! A warm and a cool colour. We considered our weight, the pressure and presence in our own bodies while we draw others. Appreciation of what a model gives us by taking the pose and holding there together. Being present.      

My drawing practice

Drawing is an integral part of my practice, and move across figuration and abstraction.They are always expressive, active and embodied; often large, taking up space and creating space for bodies, alternative structures of meaning and experiment. I love the immediacy of drawing; every mark is right there, and attached to the body. Sometimes I find…