New life drawing classes are starting this Friday at Art in the Park. Taught by the talented Simon Veis, these drop-in classes run from 7pm – 9pm every Friday evening. With varied models and a variety of poses from 2 hours to 1 minute this is a great general class.
For more details about the class, please click here.
#drawingoftheweek is a personal project; I have been doing from the start of the year.
In the last few years I have being drawing in small sketch books or journals as I travel all over London, it’s a way for me to focus /mediate as I travel on London transport or often waiting for London transport.
The rules I set for this project are:
• Post a drawing from that week’s set of drawing as part of #drawingoftheweek on twitter on Sunday or Monday.
• When I start a drawing I must finish it, and only then it can be dated.
• To record where the drawing was started and finished, i.e. on bus 321, train from Charing Cross or studio workbench.
• I start each drawing the same way, I start by trying to blank out everything around me and see what marks are first to be made.
• I never have any preset ideas how to finish a drawing; just keep drawing, until I think it finished.
• Post one drawing every week of the year.
I find as I look back over the last 21 posted drawing, it’s like looking at my diary, I start to remember, things I was working on at the studio, people on the bus, long wet journeys’ home in winter, etc.
Have a look out for more #drawingoftheweek by following@wmhudsonarton twitter.
We had such a wonderful day on Sunday at our Art Extravaganza. As part of The Big Draw and Flock Project over 100 people visited Art in the Park to support the national campaign for drawing and explore the theme of migration. Visitors were invited to produce their own unique works of art on two of Bill Hudson’s fantastic paint machines and learn to throw a pot on the wheel in our pottery workshop.
Taking inspiration from the birds found in Burgess Park – pigeons, crows, herons, swans, woodpeckers and more! – visitors drew and cut out a silhouette of a bird of their choice. They then had the chance to paint it using one of the paint machines – either squirting paint at it from a distance, or operating a paintbrush held on the end of a 6 foot arm using pulleys and levers! Great fun!
The lovely Leyla, Art in the Park’s resident ceramicist, was also running a free workshop where people could learn to throw a pot on the wheel, and then decorate it with marks and stamps.
It was a great day and so many beautiful pots and colourful birds were made. The birds have been fixed to postcards and sent on a flight to the Ullapool, before they continue their migration to the Outer Hebrides!
More photos of the event to follow….!
Over the holiday period, my partner and I went to visit her parents at their home in Galicia near La Coruńa in Spain. When it was New year’s eve, we followed a very old Spanish tradition by eating twelve grapes, one for each of the last twelve chimes of 2010 to bring you luck in 2011.
There was the procession of the three Kings in town on the 5th January (or here we know them as the three wise men), from their floats the three Kings threw sweets at the gathered crowd.
On the 6th January with it being King’s Day, we bought and ate some Roscón, which is a sweet, ring-shaped bread/ pastry covered in glacier cherries and sugar. A plastic toy is hidden inside once it’s made, whoever finds the toy gets good luck for the next year or you may find a bean and have to pay for the meal (not so lucky).
Some towns have major competitions involving Roscón to see who can make the largest ones.
In between all of these festivities, I had some time to do some drawing on the kitchen table.
More of my work on www.wmhudson.com