Do you enjoy listening to music and making art? Inspired by your favourite songs, in this class you’ll learn abstract markmaking skills and transform them into artworks that visualise the music we listen to. By the end of the class you’ll have a personal set of expressive drawings, paintings and an album cover, and you’ll be able to use these relaxation techniques through creative means in the future. Beginners without any music or art experience are very welcome – you just need a willingness to learn and some basic art materials! (Suggested materials: paper, pencil, pen, coloured pencils, watercolour/paint, scissors and glue).
From music to markmaking: In this session we will respond to various kinds of music using different drawing techniques, looking at how to create line and texture that matches the instruments and atmosphere of each song.
Music, artists, and colour: You’ll learn about various artists who have used music and colour as sources of inspiration, and incorporate the markmaking techniques learnt previously with these artists’ styles into your own work.
Developing skills into painting: You’ll get to pick one of your favourite songs and develop a bunch of smaller and larger paintings inspired by listening to it. We’ll start with shorter activities that focus on the use of motif (orally and visually) and we’ll then have time to develop this into a personal and more refined artwork.
Making your own album cover artwork: Using your creations from the previous sessions, you’ll develop these into your own album CD cover design, inspired by your favourite song/musician. We’ll look at different examples of album cover artworks and harness the potential of collage to make your designs unique to your interpretation of the music.
Fine Art student at the Slade (& Central Saint Martins foundation), passionate about spreading my knowledge and experience of the art education system to others of all ages and abilities - from practical skills, GCSE+A level, and art school applications!