Friday, 21 May 2010

"Throwing it out there" - Summer Schools Anyone?

I've just got the full programme fro CSA for their summer schools. For one - I am very drawn to the "Printmaking" course which includes "Drypoint" and other stuff I've never even heard of. I reckon, all being well, I'll go on that (2nd to 6th August). Does anyone know about the "writing for images" course though? This runs same time - so you can't do both really. This sounds really fascinating, but I was wondering if anyone is considering doing this or knows anyone who has.

I am seriously thinking about doing a "Painting, Pimms and a Picninc" day in Cambridge. I know a couple of central locations with free parking and loos (hard combination to find) and fab views as well. I will come up with dates and ideas and also make an event on FB if people look like they want to join with this. I fancy doing more with acryllics and with watercolour. I think the latter is quite well suited to outdoor, but i don't know about acryllics, being something of a novice in that. The idea is to bring a packed snack, some lemonade and perhaps a contribution (of a £1 or so) to a bottle or two of pimms that I can supply, your own equipment and off we go;-)

I think there are some online courses, but quite honestly I'd rather give business or do a barter with mates coz we need the money and favours, and we certainly deserve it. Swopsies for an acryllics introduction I can; a) Teach to professional level on singing (in Russian, Italian, Spanish, French, German and English - oh and Hebrew and encompass any style you may wish) b) teach you good conversational Russian or Hebrew c) Help anyone out on Adobe Illustrator (my skills are stronger on this than Photoshop). d) any gardening advice or assistance (me and hubby are quite keen when work, toddlers or courses don't get in the way). e) Medics Oxygen admin for SCUBA divers (okay, my licence has expired now, but the principles are the same) LOL...he he, any takers?????

Can post our crit pictures up soon too, now that school's out for summer;-)


  1. Thanks for this Natania! At the moment the word that immediately jumps out is "PIMMS!!!" Which sounds very appealing, as does a day drawing/painting. Why not leave techniques open and just meet up and work?

    Re the Summer schools, all drypoint is is scratching directly onto the plate with a point rather than using a ground and acid to bite a line. It does give a lovely line but for zinc at least you need a strong hand - it killed mine. So if youre familiar with other printmaking techniques, I'd go for the writing one.

    Looking forward to seeing the crit pics! x x x

  2. Hi Natana

    I'm with Lisa on leaving techniques open. Personally I've never had an acrylic lesson in my life. You might find the artists and illustrators website very useful though - they have lots of articles on paint techniques - the other place to look is on You Tube.

    Not sure if I am going to be able to make a painting day 'en plein air' as I have got lots of art work stuff to do over the summer for some deadlines (nothing to do with college) and away for a month in June/July.