'I’ve always wanted to learn to paint and draw, but never had the time until now.’
I have heard these words so many times in the six years I have been teaching art here on the Costa Blanca, and it has been a great pleasure over the years to watch people who initially came shyly into a class, believing they had no talent, turn into very competent – sometimes quite remarkable artists.
Learning to paint and draw depends largely on two factors. Firstly you have to want to have a go and accept that it takes a while to ‘get your eye in’. Secondly, learning to see, rather than simply look is essential and I spend the first few weeks with beginners training them to observe. What does that mean?
Well, you may look at vase of flowers and enjoy the shapes, the colours and smell, but you have to see it in a completely different way if you want to draw it. You learn to look at proportions, tones, shadows and colours. Just drawing a symmetrical vase can be difficult – but there’s a trick to that!
You will have gathered that beginners are not encouraged to start painting too soon. The main reason is that without the building blocks of drawing skills it is very difficult to move on to applying colour and you’ll end up with a disappointing mess. Once you have an idea about composition, perspective, and know how to approach drawing a still life or landscape, painting comes much more naturally.
Classes are very informal and friendly – more like a social group really–and
are a good way to meet new people as well to explore a new hobby and pastime.
Painting is a very relaxing way to spend your time and over the years
I’ve been told it has helped to relieve anxiety and depression and provided a
valuable outlet for those with physical illnesses.
Classes at PAL's Club, La Siesta are on Mondays 10.30am-1.00pm.
Classes at The Final Whistle Sports Bar, Consum Square, La Marina are on
Wednesdays 10.30 am - 12.45pm.
Classes at La Herradura, Montesinos, are on Thursdays 10am-12.15pm.
Beginners need not bring any equipment as I provide drawing materials for the first
few weeks. Beginners can start at any time. There is always a choice of projects in
class – or you can bring one of your own if you prefer.
More experienced artists are also welcome as I work with everyone individually in
the medium of their choice.