Jennifer Johnson 2018

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Developing your sketch book – Capturing the essence of Georgian Bath

25-29 June 2018

Workshop prices: 2 days £215, 3 days £325, 5 days £540.

Jennifer is offering this exciting workshop for 2018. You have the choice of two days, three days or the whole five days:
Monday to Wednesday 25–27 June; Thursday and Friday 28-29 June; or Monday to Friday 25–29 June.

The essence of the holiday will be to capture the atmosphere, colour, light, architecture etc. with mediums that you are familiar with. But I would like to encourage ‘trying’ a different method, medium or technique.

When I am away on location, I like the idea of sketchbook studies rather than attempting the ‘finished picture’. I would like to encourage you to explore your own style of drawing and painting with a strong emphasis on direct observation and draughtsmanship. From the sketches, there will be the opportunity to paint a more resolved image from these spontaneous approaches to light, shade and atmosphere. Some photographic references are also useful to capture architectural detail, fleeting shadows and figures. The materials that I suggest will be, pencils, water-soluble and waterproof pen, coloured pencils, charcoal or pastel pencil and watercolours.

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Jennifer lives and works as a professional artist in South Devon. Having studied illustration and graphics, she began her career in London as a graphic designer and, whilst working for BBC Publications, gained considerable experience as a book designer and illustrator. Her passion for all aspects of her profession is unbounded. She accepts commissions for portraits, book illustration, also architectural drawings and paintings for estate agents and developers. For many years, Jennifer has been invited to demonstrate and tutor classes for art societies near her home in South Devon, as well as painting holidays in France, Spain, The Lake District and also Umbria and Tuscany.

Jennifer is an experienced tutor and specialises in traditional methods and skills based on observation and draughtsmanship. She uses the medium to its full potential, accepting its advantages and disadvantages whether it is watercolour or pen and ink. From figure drawing to architecture to painting flowers, these are all subjects that she enjoys. She is happy to work with all abilities of student and gives much one-to-one help at every stage. Her students finish the courses feeling inspired and motivated by the knowledge and skills gained. They are impressed by her enthusiasm and encouragement, and are given many hints and tips along the way.

Jennifer’s paintings are representational and are inspired by shape, movement, colour and atmosphere, with a strong emphasis on drawing. She loves the translucency and immediacy of watercolour, the vibrant brush marks of oils and the expressive line and subtle tones of a drawing.