I always wanted to be on 'Stars in Their Eyes'! It sounds like a confession, I know, but I did! To say those magic words, "Tonight, Matthew, I'm going to be ...Tom Jones", or whoever.
Well, over the last few months I achieved something similar in my 'Art of the Landscape' course at The Settlement. I didn't sing (!) but I did become a different artist every week. I wanted to introduce an element of art history into the course to show the progression of landscape painting, and so each week I chose a particular artwork and the students produced their version of it, using different mediums. They did Gainsborough and Monet paintings in acrylics; Turner and Van Gogh paintings in pastels.
The results were fantastic! It took us all out of our comfort zones and challenged our use of the materials, especially given the 2 hour time frame. We all get stuck in a rut from time to time, but painting in a completely different style can help to shake it up and inspire you to look at your work from a fresh perspective.
My current Landscape Course ends this Friday, but starts a new 10 week term on the 12th January. The theme of that term will be 'Round the World' - painting a variety exotic locations in different mediums (from photographs, not plein air, unfortunately!).
The course is booking up fast, so if you would like to join me then please contact The Letchworth Settlement. The classes will be every Friday morning, 9.30am till 12 noon, and the cost is £112.00.