Figure from imagination
Chinese ink & egg tempera
& DRAWING WEEKENDS WORKING FROM LIFE & THE IMAGINATION
weekends drawing & painting based on the study of
traditional instruments; quill pens, reed pens, Chinese
brushes, red chalk, charcoal & pencils are used in the
mornings working from the life model. In the afternoons,
colour harmony studies are followed by working from the
movement may be part of the life and imagination
to be confirmed
required for the painting class:
Gouache in yellow ochre, bright yellow, scarlet red,
ultramarine blue, terra verte, burnt sienna, ivory black &
A selection of different sized brushes, both bristle & Chinese brushes,
in sizes large, medium & very small.
Several sheets of watercolour or acid-free drawing paper
Paint rags or kitchen roll
Materials required for the drawing class:
Two quill pens
Two reed pens
Three Chinese brushes (large, medium & very small)
Pencils (1B - 3B)
Two red chalks (Conte)
Conte red chalk pencil
Reed pens can be cut from bamboo, reeds and rushes.
- Feathers for
quill pens can be found in London parks
& the countryside. These found feathers (goose, swan, eagle,
owl, blackbird, magpie, seagull & others) need to be
seasoned for a year or two to harden before trimming into pens.
In ancient Egypt feathers were placed in the hot sand - this
method is excellent for speeding up the process.
Charcoal can be made by burning a bonfire of willow wood: once
alight cover with a layer of earth or sand and let smoke until
out which should produce charcoal.
Red chalk (conte) is widely available and red bowl pieces (sanguine),
an alternative, can be bought from A P
Fitzpatrick (142 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green London
Fool with Flowers
from imagination: egg tempera, brush, pencil, quill pen
& Chinese ink