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…

Week 3 – St Mark’s Artist Residency

In week 3, I really started to identify with the themes the classes are working with. Expressing ourselves through art, telling the stories of where we have come from, and talking about our feelings and values. I’m working with the fantastic art teacher, Markelle Archer, and today she told me about a child drawing, smoothing…

Keep moving

One of the great things about teaching is that I get hear myself explain the processes I go through all the time in the studio. This week was the last of a block of classes, and I shared what I know; that I can teach, only because I do. All of the fear, the uncertainty,…

Drawing through touch

In Expressive Drawing Class we do this exercise where we draw through touch only. You close your eyes, and I give you a fragment of sculpture from the studio. They are lumpy, tangled, odd, silky. They are not things that you usually see, and so you can’t identify them. You have to feel your way…

The joy of being led

Yesterday in Expressive Drawing class, folk were talking about how lovely it is to be led for a change. A number of people who come to each class are usually leaders in their life or work, and it’s a relaxing change for them to be guided for once. And me too! Recently I have been…