In the original Artist Inspired course we looked at the work of various male artists from history to revitalise and enrich our art.
This is Artist Inspired II: 'The Women'.
Dive into a diverse mix of female artists from past and present, explore their ideas and techniques, play and experiment to your heart's content...
...and use what you learn to develop the unique voice of your own art.
“Artist inspired was a great delight! I was fascinated to learn more about the history of the artists and the work they produced. I was delighted and surprised that I was then able to go off and play and have fun with these inspirations. The aptly named ‘Artist inspired’ is a great course to get to know different artists style, history and techniques and then play with those styles yourself”Jo C, Artist Inspired student
This course is for you if:
- You're in an art rut and could do with some fresh new energy and inspiration
- You love exploring the work of other artists but find it hard not to just copy them
- You love making art but work best with a jumping off point
- You want to develop your own artistic voice
- You love art history
- You like to work at your own pace...
- ...but also like access to a group of friends to share and discuss the work with
- You enjoyed Artist Inspired and would like to explore the work of some female artists now :)
“I feel as though I have a lot more options available to me with regards to style and I have a much better idea of how to abstractify my art. I was so tired of copying other artists and trying so hard to get it perfect, and now I don’t have to anymore and I’m happy about that.”Carol Gey van Pittius, Artist Inspired student
When I had the idea for the original Artist Inspired, it was sparked by both the experience and observation that two things often happen to us as artists:
- We get stuck in ruts and feel uninspired at times
- While it's natural and even helpful to be inspired by other artists, it can be hard to do so without copying them or being overly influenced, and losing our own voice in the process
I knew these were frequent concerns, from my own practice, and from observing and talking to others. I wanted to find out how to allow other artists to inspire me - and to enjoy the fascinating wealth of art history - without copying them. So I created the course to showcase the work of some of the greatest artists in history and find ways to learn from them while developing our own artist voices. I didn't think about it much at the time, but all the artists I chose were men!
This 'sequel course' redresses the balance, with a selection of women artists, both contemporary and historical, whose work is powerful and distinctive, and whose techniques and ideas we can certainly borrow and play with while navigating our own journeys as artists.
“I loved every single lesson!! My passion is growing and I know what colors and some paint strokes I am drawn to. I feel braver.”
Mary Ann Echols, Artist Inspired student
What you'll learn
- Key points about the life and background of each artist
- Insights into their processes that you can borrow and experiment with
- A variety of ways to begin a painting
- How to adopt an experimental approach that encourages confident exploration
- What the artists felt about their work and how that can inform your own
- How to take aspects of another artist's work and go beyond copying to adapt and develop them into your own
- Techniques used by the artists that you can translate into your own work, such as adding gold leaf, using different types of tools, and working from photos
- What materials can be used to create different effects and types of art
- How to think laterally about what inspires you and step outside your own boundaries
- How to use key words to focus your painting
- That even the most successful, experienced and talented artists had to deal with demons too
- How to use apps to develop a painting
- How to deal with paintings that just don't work