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New book,Â 'Pen and Ink Drawing: A Simple Guide, by Alphonso Dunn, covers the essential aspects of pen and ink drawing and more.
It explores basic materials and instruments; fundamental properties of strokes and pen control; key elements of shading; and indispensable techniques for creating vibrant textures.
As a bonus, a chapter is devoted to what the author refers to as, the secret Line of Balance. This book is not just written to instruct but also to intrigue and inspire enthusiasts of pen and ink drawing.
You can also see the authors YouTube video tutorials on his YouTube channel.
Choughs Craft Shop
Lucy Reynolds' illustrated cards and prints are now stocked at Choughs in Lostwithiel.
Based at 32 Fore Street in Lostwithiel, Choughs houses a mix of hand-crafted goods, including ceramics, artwork and up-cycled furniture.
They're open 10.00 - 17.00 Monday to Saturday.
Well worth a visit if you're in the area.
Individual art and design portfolio and careers advice
At Aspire Arts in Falmouth, we offer individual art and design portfolio and careers advice. We envisage that you will bring your portfolio to us for this session, or send an online folder of your work.
The benefit of our individual Portfolio Advice is:
* We get you interview readyâ€¨* We enable you to feel organised and focussedâ€¨* We can help with diagnosing your specialist areaâ€¨* We are highly experienced Art & Design Educators
Our Portfolio Advice session includes:â€¨* One to One portfolio discussion.â€¨* Discussion around the nature, content and focus of your work. â€¨* Consideration of the art & design processes employed in work and how this relates to application(s). â€¨* Encouraging reflection upon working process and idea development as an important element in buildingâ€¨a folder.â€¨* The most effective way to present a portfolio for an interview.
â€¨* Advice on creating a digital portfolio.
The importance of selecting and ordering work, to best show off your skills.â€¨* Advice sheet.â€¨â€¨What you will need to bring :â€¨* Sketchbooks, drawings books and journals. â€¨* Course work including preparatory studies.â€¨* Any other work that you have made in addition to coursework .â€¨* 3D work if transportable, otherwise photographs. â€¨* Photography / film work. â€¨* Garments, Costume, Samples. â€¨* Drawings / evidence of observation & reflection.â€¨* The questionnaire supplied by us.
â€¨â€¨Costsâ€¨1:1 Portfolio Session 1.5 hour £65.00â€¨1:1 Portfolio / Individual Careers Advice Session 2 hours £85.00â€¨ 1:1 Portfolio/Individual Careers Advice Session 3 hours £125.00â€¨. Follow up sessions available at £45.00 per hour.
New Falmouth furniture restoration and upholstery teaching studio
A lovely new furniture restoration and upholstery teaching studio has opened in Falmouth.
If you've got an old tatty chair that needs some love or a half finished upholstery project that you couldn't quite finish, then bring it along to our studio. We cover traditional and modern restoration, as well as wood restoration and french polishing. You will be taught all the skills you need to turn that old piece of furniture into something treasured and admired. We also take on commissions so if you're just looking for someone to help restore your old furniture, we can help with that too.
Our little studio in the clouds is the perfect place to help kick start your creativity whilst calming the ever busy mind. All abilities are welcome so dont be shy if you've never done anything like this before, you'll be in safe hands with Polly. Polly has been teaching at The Good Life Centre in Borough in London for over 7 years now and she still continues to teach regular sold out weekend courses there.
We will be holding regular 5 day and weekend courses where you can bring your own project and also weekend courses to make a traditional footstool, where all materials and the frame are provided (these will be added to our summer calendar very soon). Courses start from £140 and include refreshments, lunch and a scrummy afternoon tea. We will be adding more artisan craft courses in the near future so please join us on social media to keep in formed.
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Future of CACD
Please note that it is possible that the CACD web site will 'fall over' in the near future as the hosting company has been threatening to stop supporting the version of software that has been used to create the site. I will endeavour to keep it running as long as I can.
I now run the Cornwall Arts and Crafts Directory (CACD) purley as a hobby, and do not charge anyone. So if you have recieved such an email please delete it.
New Christmas card designs
It's getting on for Christmas card season and illustrator Lucy Reynolds has some brand new Christmas card designs this year, as well as some of the more popular ones from previous years. Lucys cards are available to buy from:
Toe in the Water Gallery - Fowey www.toeinthewatergallery.com
Choughs - Lostwithiel www.facebook.com/choughscornwall
Bodmin Information Centre - Bodmin www.facebook.com/BodminInformationCentre
Or you can order them directly from me a www.olksy.com/shops/LDRIllustration
PH Media at Roche, St Austell have recently installed Cornwall's first multilevel 3D scanner. This unique facility allows us scan oils, watercolours and textiles whilst picking up a relief of up to 8mm's. Final printed results using our large format printers give the tactile impression of the arts sense of texture, tone and colour.
International export support and advice
The Department of International Trade, South West is curreuntly working with regional artists and creatives to ensure an international strategy and plan.
This support includes workshops and 1:1 support from Intellectual property to Digital Advice and eCommerce advice.
If you are looking to go onto a eMarketplace or selling on Etsy or other platforms and want to maximise international business then contact Dawn Musgrave for further information.
Pentel Aquash Water Brush Pens are versatile nylon-tipped brush pens from Pentel which allowsyou to fill the barrel with any water-soluble medium (water-soluble inks, watercolours or gouache) to use for lettering or painting.
Alternatively, you can just use plain old water, and pick up watercolour or gouache colour from your palette to create great wash effects.
You can control the density of colour by squeezing on the barrel of the Pentel brush pen to make the brush wetter or drier.It's also an ideal companion for the watercolour pencil artist. Using a water filled barrel you can create imaginative blends and washes with your watercolour pencils.
They really are great fun.
Tara Montane workshops and demos - playing with paint and texture
Now available for painting demos and workshops for your local group. Come along and learn unique and playful ways with paint and texture that will enliven your practice. Also suitable for beginners and those who feel they can't paint or draw.
By playing with mixed media and experimenting with paint and water we can return to a child-like, freer way of working. Letting the paint do the work for you and introducing an organic element into your art, perfect for landscape artists and abstract artists.
Visit my Facebook page for more information and contact me to book me for your group or society.