There were some wonderful goings on at Maker on Saturday mornings over 6 weeks in October and November. Rosie Gibson adapted her very popular adults’ class ‘Drawing for Fun’ for kids. Rosie bases her classes on the book ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’ by Betty Edwards. Rosie says “our left brain is our bossy brain, which can have an annoying habit of telling us we’re rubbish at drawing!” She develops methods to quieten this critical, but sometimes self-critical faculty, encouraging the the more visual and creative right side to look more closely at its subject, take its time and develop the artists’ observational skills.
The 6 girls who joined Rosie found the work challenging at times, but always enjoyable, and were very encouraged by their growing skills in observation and the resulting drawings. During the classes there was an air of great concentration and developing self-confidence. Rosie also encourages her students by discussing artworks which they have done at home and brought in to show her.
As a teacher, Rosie makes getting together on a Saturday morning to draw seem like the very best way to start the weekend!
Rosie’s kids ‘Drawing for Fun’ classes received funding from the Common Good Fund and Community Culture Grant.
If you are interested in adding your name for future ‘Drawing for Fun’ classes with Rosie, either for adults or children, email us at email@example.com or call 01383 271839.
Maker: Workshop Space, Gift Shop and Gallery, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1NN
I came into Maker this morning to find these interesting objects set up in lovely tableau! Jo Barrett is now running her two day class, Botanical Plaster Casting – 30th June/1st July. The class will use natural and found objects to construct images to be cast in plaster, creating unique pieces. Intriguing stuff……..
Creative Activities at Maker
2a, High Street, Inverkeithing
There has been much activity recently at Maker, Inverkeithing’s dedicated space for socially engaged and creative activities.
Local artist Rosie Gibson has continued teaching her brilliant ‘Drawing for Fun’ course, based on exercises which challenge the right side of the brain to observe and describe what it sees. She has run the course with two groups, and looks set to continue well into 2018, with the potential for more groups to begin the course. Her current students have thoroughly enjoyed practicing the processes and techniques Rosie introduces – and in return have surprised themselves by creating really beautiful drawings.
Artist, illustrator and writer Jeanne Dron has developed our Tuesday drop-in drawing sessions into a wonderful opportunity for people to gather, talk, learn skills and techniques, and develop their own creativity. Participants have found the sessions to be extremely valuable for both skills-learning and as a sociable activity. Jeanne will also be running a workshop on June 17th ‘An Introduction to Needlefelting’ which will include learning techniques such as wet felting and making felt pictures. For more details about this class see our website www.inverkeithngarts.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maker has also been the scene of meditation workshops with Jan McLaughlan (Juniper-J Therapies). These have been popular, proving that Maker is also an excellent and inspiring space for activities which develop personal growth and resilience-building – even without even picking up a pencil! Jan will be starting some new weekly meditations workshops later in the summer so do get in touch if this is of interest to you.
To find out more about any of the above activities email us at email@example.com or call 01383 271839. There will be more workshops and classes advertised in the near future on our website www.inverkeithingarts.org so don’t forget to check it out, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
images: Rosie’s students of ‘Drawing for Fun’ – Jeanne’s own incredible felt work – image for Jan’s meditation workshops
A new and exciting workshop will take place at Maker, introducing participants to the wonderful benefits of meditation – something we could all do with in the modern world!
Contact Jan to book or pop into Maker. Payment secures your place at the workshop.
Wednesday 31st January, 6.30-9pm.
Jo Barrett will be running another session of her popular, and lovely, Japanese Bookbinding workshop.
Learn how to create your own journal/sketchbook using simple materials.
Utilising a traditional Japanese technique called ‘stab binding’ you will design and assemble the book to your own specifications. Once mastered, this is a skill you can use at home to produce bespoke journals, sketch books and photo albums.
Cost is £25 per person including all materials required to produce a unique handmade journal. Refreshments also included.
To book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, drop in to Maker (for opening hours see here) or call 01383 271839
A new season of Drawing for Fun starts on Thursday 11th January 2018, 7.00 – 8.30pm at Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing. It will run for 5 weeks and is led by IAI associate artist Rosie Gibson. Students will practice drawing based on enjoyable techniques from the book ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’. Price for a block booking is £30. Please book the first session in advance.
To book, contact email@example.com, drop into Maker (see opening hours here) or call 01383 271839
Have a look on our website at www.inverkeithingarts.org to keep up to date with all of the exciting workshops being held this winter at Maker – more coming up soon! You’ll also be able to have a look at our archive and blog at all of the projects, workshops and exhibitions we’ve developed here in Inverkeithing over the last three years…..