Blind Contour is the name of our collaboration with artist Melissa Morris.
Once again we were happy to be invited to collaborate with a local primary school to do scenography for the yearly theatre play.
This school year we had two strong courses running for nine months.
A day of learning at the Ethnographic Museum of Lousã with Cerdeira, Arts and Crafts School teachers.
Workshops, training, and a new school. This was our summer in Cerdeira.
This time, our reasons to go to Cerdeira couldn't have been better.
Last month we started a series of new events at Sol School in Alverca.
Yesterday the oil painting class in Lisbon was dedicated to colour.
The oil painting class in Lisbon is making great progress!
We recently gave a workshop for children at the CSPDS (Social Centre for Sobralinho's Development).
We are now well past the middle of the Drawing with Colour course and it's been amazing to see how much work the group has done.
During the month of April we gave two courses at the stone village of Cerdeira.
The beginning of Abril saw the end of the Drawing and Creativity course.
We are half way through the Portrait II course. We have now dedicated three lessons to drawing portraits with dry pastel.
The students explored ways of integrating figures and ground using different materials and techniques.
We've only just had the first class of the course and already so much work has been done!
Before we all pause for Christmas and New Year, the fourth session of the Human Figure Drawing course focused on the observation of hands and feet.
We've started the human figure drawing class with a group full of energy.
We've just come back from a five day workshop spent in the village of Cerdeira. A small stone village, near Lousã, Portugal, restored and built with the purpose of hosting artists and craftsmen.
The last weekend of the course Drawing in Nature was dedicated to ways of capturing the atmosphere of a place.
Leonardo da Vinci formulated the rule that reveals how trees grow. He offers the image of a rope that unwinds itself. Each new group of branches shares the thickness of the previous one.
Saturday afternoon was dedicated to stories and games with children about Van Gogh's painting.
The first weekend of the Drawing in Nature course was spent studying textures and details in nature. These images show a series of monoprints done by our students while observing natural objects that they gathered. The focus was on finding the right marks to describe the different kind of textures.
Here are some images of sketches and prototypes from the work we're doing with the primary school at A-dos-Loucos. We've been invited to help out with the production of a play that tells the story of a well kept secret in the oasis. Lizards, camels, scorpions, a centaur and a giant serpent are all characters that will populate the stage.
Last month we had the last sessions of the Drawing the Human Figure course with our students, and we decided to leave the classroom and do a full weekend with them sketching from the works in the museum of Arte Antiga here in Lisbon, that harbours a large collection of paintings and sculpture from the gothic to baroque era.
This month we participated in a workshop in Amsterdam on Visible Thinking. We learnt about ways of engaging people in spending more time reflecting at artwork in museums, using questions, curiosity, wonder and perceptiveness. The method elicits observations, invites us to make connections, and looking deeper.
In January we held our first weekend with the new figure drawing course. The drawing exercises we specifically chose had to do with perceiving the body as volumes. Apart from drawing, we also did small sketches in clay. This is a great way to use hands and eyes together to getting a grasp on the anatomy of the body. By developing one’s sense of form through sculpture, one’s drawing ability is greatly enriched.
Another two day session of the Drawing and Creativity course took place this weekend. The topic was time and texture. We spent one of the days at the Museum of Ethnology in Lisbon. We were privileged to spend hours drawing in their large collection of artefacts from Amazonian tribes, which includes magical objects used in rituals.