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Photographs documenting 'Drawing The Seasons - Studio Drawing' workshops, held at Jo Blaker's studio in Slaithwaite, in early November 2022.

In this 3 hour workshop, participants worked on collaborative floor drawings as well as producing their own piece on paper. The inspiration came from dried seasonal foliage from both the garden & the way-side. Processes explored included fragmentation, erasure & layering. materials included conte crayon, soft pastel, pencil & natural inks. The limitations of space in Jo's studio creates an intimate atmosphere & requires very small group sizes - which we think results in a very supportive experience for drawers of all levels.

Photos documenting the first 'Drawing The Seasons - Life Drawing' workshop at Globe Arts in Slaithwaite, October 2022. This new format brought together observational drawing of natural forms, with life drawing from the model. Seasonal themes & phenomena were translated into approaches to drawing, materials for drawing & poses held by the model. Every artist responded to the prompts in their own way & over the course of the day produced unique bodies of work.

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'Curl' mixed media drawing by Jo Blaker

'Murmuration' mixed media drawing by Jo Blaker

Photographs documenting 'The Oak Spoke - Myth, Natural Ink & Wild Drawing' - a collaboration with ink-maker & story-teller Hannah-May Batley.

Location - Cliffe House (Shepley, Huddersfield) on Saturday 12th November 2022

This day-long outdoor session consisted of 3 parts - listening to an ancient myth, learning how to make inks from Oak Galls & Elderberries & drawing with natural inks & charcoal in the woodland. Our drawings activities focused on concepts found in the myth & in the lives of the oak & other trees. Participants drew collaboratively & individually, with a range of natural & improvised tools, on a range of surfaces - including the woodland floor & against tree trunks themselves. The aim of this day was to offer a space for reconnection to self, creativity & nature.

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