The eight lovely attendees were positive, creative and open-minded - which made for a constructive and productive morning.
After an initial look through some of my sketchbooks, I started by showing everyone a few examples of five artists' work that is inspiring me at present:
- Robert Rauschenberg
- Melinda Tidwell
- Ben Nicholson
- Julius Bissier
- Hannelore Baron
I then chatted a little about my way of working now which led to how and why my work has changed since leaving art school -
Then it was time to get hands-on...
Such a pleasing variety of dynamic, calm, vibrant and delicate collages - some filling the paper - some embracing the white space.
Great to see individuals' characters coming through in their choice of colour and composition.
Finally, after the tables were cleared, the collages were laid out and we all had a good look at the satisfying results of a full morning's contemplative work.
Hopefully all went away feeling they learned something today - I certainly learned lots - but I always do when teaching!