ARTSPEAK ONLINE -

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES

Our online activities cover a range of artforms and activities and invite you to try something new from the comfort of your own home. We're working with a range of talented Artists to demonstrate practical tasks and provide tuition in their specific field of work. 

 

No previous experience is required; our sessions give you the opportunity to be creative, develop your skillset and have fun whilst interacting with Artists and other participants.

The structure of each session will take a different format depending on the activity and the Artist, please see each individual listing for full details. 

Most of our sessions will take place via Zoom - for some help and guidance working online read our post on 'Staying Connected'. 

Have you seen the ArtSpeak At Home Art Book? It's filled with ideas to keep you creative and engaged in the Arts. 

 

Click here to view the November issue or view as a PDF document here

Click here to view and download the February issue. 

ArtSpeak Create

First Tuesday of the Month 

10:30 - 12:00 

Join our monthly online art classes to discover different artforms, relax and have fun, whilst learning new creative art techniques and developing your skills. 

Each month there'll be an opportunity to explore your creativity and work with an Artist in a welcoming, informative and engaging session.

£5 for ArtSpeak Members

On occasion, Art packs will be available - (prices will vary)

If you have any suggestions of artforms you think we should cover, please get in touch with us. 

 

ArtSpeak Create

Tuesday 4 May

10:30 - 12:00 

LANDSCAPE DRAWING WORKSHOP

Learn new drawing techniques and be transported to the outdoors in this relaxing landscape drawing workshop with Megan Wall. 

Landscapes are a great theme to focus on when developing your drawing skills; the varying compositions and features, whether natural or man-made, provide an array of opportunity to practice and build on techniques such as shading, texture and tone. 

Throughout this encouraging and informative workshop, you’ll explore working with limited colour palettes, discover how to use colour to represent tone and learn ways of using line to create atmosphere through a range of fun and engaging tasks. In the second part of the workshop, you’ll be invited to reflect and reminisce on the places you love and favoured landscapes you’ve visited, whilst you produce drawings and have conversations based on personal photographs and memories. 

 

What you'll need - 

 

Colouring pencils, cartridge paper/sketch book


A photograph of a landscape you have visited that you'd like to use as inspiration for your final drawing. 

No prior experience necessary, suitable for all levels. 

 

Part of the Tuesday Art Club series - If you have any suggestions of artforms you think we should cover, please get in touch with us. 

£5 for ArtSpeak Members

ArtSpeak Participate

First & Third Wednesday of the month

Are you a keen photographer or want to learn more about it? Do you need some encouragement to use your camera when you’re out and about and would you benefit from working alongside other budding photographers? 


Our monthly programme of photography talks and walks are an ideal opportunity to develop skills, meet new people, get tips and advice, find inspiration and set new goals. 

The ‘talk’ element will begin online but will move to an indoor setting when appropriate. They will be a chance to develop your skills and techniques whilst exploring different themes and trying out activities and photography tasks set by a photographer.

 

There’ll also be the opportunity to ask questions, discuss ideas, share examples of your work and receive feedback.

 

The monthly walks will give you a reason to take your camera out and put your skills into practice whilst in the company of other keen photographers. A photography tutor will lead each session and share tips and advice throughout. Locations will vary and be confirmed prior to each monthly walk. 

 

Different areas of photography will be explored during each session and will be determined by the interests of all participants. 

Specific details about the workshops will be updated on the website each month. 

£5 per session for ArtSpeak Members

£7.50 per session for Non ArtSpeak Members

If you have any suggestions of what you would like to be covered throughout the sessions, please get in touch with us. 

Not yet a member? Sign up today! 

ArtSpeak Participate

Photography Talks

 

Wednesday 2 June 

11:00 - 12:30

CREATING YOUR OWN FLAT LAY

Flat lay photography is a versatile sub-genre of still life. They can be minimalist and simple, containing only key objects arranged in a well-thought composition. Or can include an array of lots of small items, creating a sense of organized chaos.  The best flat lays tell a visual story and contain a few key items surrounded by additional elements that add to the narrative you are building. The colours, shapes and angles you choose to use all have an impact on the overall image and effectiveness of your flat lay. 

Photographer Samantha Staniforth, founder of Photography network, Photography Oddities, will be setting this as your first photographic challenge and giving tips and advice on how to produce your own unique flat lay. 

This is a practical workshop. Things you’ll need to take part - 

 

- Camera or camera phone
- A lamp/sunlight near a window
- Flat background to lay on the floor/rug/something flat and pretty patterned/desk
- 10 items from an obsession or personal collection

- Tripod (Optional) 

Please note. This initial workshop will take place online.


There’ll be the opportunity to share the work you’ve produced throughout the session and receive feedback to help you improve. This will require you to upload your images to the zoom meeting. A guide will be shared with you when you sign up to talk you through how to do this.

£5 per session for ArtSpeak Members

ArtSpeak Participate

Photography Walk 

Wednesday 16 June

 

11:00 - 13:00 

 

URBAN NATURE 

Nottingham City Centre and Canal Towpath 

Explore the City and look at areas in a new light whilst practicing a range of photography tasks with Photographer Samantha Staniforth, founder of Photography Oddities.  

Change your perspective and experiment with different view points and compositions as you seek out nature and foliage in an urban environment. Beauty can be found in unexpected places!

Our Photography walks are suitable for all levels. Routes will be planned to ensure they are accessible for all participants. However, please inform us of any access requirements you have at the time of booking. 

£5 per session for ArtSpeak Members

ArtSpeak Create

How to Paint in Acrylics - Video Tutorials

Artist Ben Sherwin has put together a short series of videos specially for ArtSpeak to introduce the medium of Acrylic painting and give tips and advice on how to work with this medium. 

Throughout the three sessions Ben will discuss and illustrate the various stages involved in the painting process. He'll show how to approach observational sketching and cover the rules of composition, colour mixing and colour balance. Different painting techniques such as dabbing and dry brushing will be explained and you'll gain understanding of how to use your artistic license. 

The workshops have been split into three sections making them easy to follow along to from home and give you time to work on the techniques you've learnt after each one. 

As the workshops have been prerecorded, they can be revisited as you progress and work towards completing your own unique artwork. 

 

We'd love to hear how you get on and see what you're producing. We're holding a Q&A session with Ben on Friday 26 March to give you the opportunity to share your work, ask questions and receive some feedback. 

Frequently asked questions 

Q.   My paint dries quickly on the paper, how do I stop this?

A. The speed at which the acrylics will dry does depend somewhat on the brand of paint. Some brands of paint dry faster and others slower. When you add lots of water to the paints, the paint molecules spread out more and the water has more room to evaporate more quickly. The thicker the paint is, the more concentrated it is, so it takes longer for water to evaporate.

 

The best way to help your paints dry slower is to think in terms of water evaporation, so working in a spot that isn’t directly next to a heater, or using icy cold water to add to your paint. Acrylics do dry fast so it’s normal and you do still need to work relatively fast, but you can layer over your paints if you’re worried about a mistake you’ve made.

 

You can loosen up your paint a bit simply by adding more water on your brush and mixing that in.

How to Paint in Acrylics - Part 1

How to Paint in Acrylics - Part 2

How to Paint in Acrylics - Part 3

Q. What is the best paper to use with acrylics?

A. Paper that is thick, ideally 300gsm. You can look for acrylic pads. They’ll be your best option. You can get different levels of paper texture. Some people prefer smoother paper which doesn’t have as many bumps that show through your picture, others like coarser paper. 

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