That is until last summer when I stumbled across Jennie Maizels Sketch Book Club. Wow! Not only is Jennie and amazing illustrator but she also teaches art from her own studios. Now I live too far from her home to attend any classes but to my delight she has started running an online course. Just what I needed as I feel very rusty. So I signed up and last summer holidays my daughters and I spent one afternoon a week doing art.
Every afternoon was so relaxing and a truely lovely way to spend quality time with my girls.
The work we produced may not have been gallery worthy but we had fun creating it and that's really all that matters. The modules included were, houses, fish, washing line and bugs. Each module uses a different technique and/or medium and Jennie guides you through the new methods introduced.
The way I used it was to set up all the resources needed. Then we sat and watched Jennie demonstrate, before finally getting busy ourselves. Jennie has a lovely gentle voice and is easy yo listen to. She also makes it look so easy! She does offer hints and tips on how to make things simpler, like tracing the pictures or drawing around shapes. She says it's not cheating, it just ensures you get a pleasing finish which is important if you want to take pride in your work.
So we completed the first course and then the books got put away.
Fortunately Jennie released a second sketchbook club - Course 2 . So the sketch books have come back out. This time the modules are :- Nature table, Jewels, Tea time and owls. I have completed the first 2 and feel pleased with the results.