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Coming up in the Autumn Newsletter (Sept/Oct)
The next Newsletter coming in the autumn will include these 5 new Articles including a new Step by Step Tutorial. These are not currently available and are not linked to the pages, however once they have been finalised I will come back to this post and attach the links - for now, if any of these articles are of interest to you, why not call back to this website or sign up to our Newsletter.
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Why not join up to our Newsletter to receive the latest Article news straight to your mail box. Here are 3 previous Newsletter subjects which covers Coloured pencils, Graphite pencils, Acrylics, Step by Step tutorials, Art product recommendations as well as the latest news on my 1 Day Workshops available to book for those able to come along.
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I realise it has been many months since I wrote a post here on the Step by Step website and for that I apologise - there has been much happening since April 2016 but overlooked the power of the News blog here at Step by Step Art, hopefully I am able to change that in 2017 with new Workshops and Articles coming this year. As technology improves at a rate I certainly cannot keep up with, websites also have to keep up with the times and this is the reason for the 'new look' - I hope it is more visually appealing (we Artists love colour!) whilst still offering lots of help and advice to Artists here in the UK and around the world.
I am currently in the process of adding 6!! new articles including a mini Step by Step Coloured pencil Tutorial (other mediums will be available in mini tutorials too) and I also have a date for the first 2 Workshops which will be in May and will be run as a 2 day weekend Workshop that can be booked together or individually depending on your preferences. The Saturday will be the Coloured pencil Workshop of a SNOW LEOPARD eye on black Colourfix which I ran in August 2013 and was quickly booked up, the Sunday will be a Graphite pencil Workshop of a Ring-tailed Lemur, so if you are interested in learning how to work with Pencils to create detailed Art, these Workshops may be for you. You don't need any previous experience with pencils or with Art to join in, but I can guarantee that if you are a complete beginner you will be very surprised at your abilities at the end of the day.
Each Workshop starts from £42.00 each (or £80.00 if booking both days together) and the Saturday Workshop begins at 10am - 3:30pm and the Sunday Workshop runs from 11am - 4:30pm (a later time on the Sunday is due to the community room being in a built up residential area) Please see our TERMS & CONDITIONS regarding these Workshops before booking your place
Everyone gets their own workstation so you have ample room to spread out. The price of each Workshop includes the paper, outline print out, Workshop booklet/sheets and if you are bringing your own products to the Coloured pencil workshop you will be supplied a colour chart for the day or you can loan a kit at £5.00 Extra or purchase a kit for £10.00 Extra, the pencil colours are individually coded to match the Workshop notes, making it easy to select each colour. The Graphite pencil workshop also includes the paper, outline, workshop booklet and allows you to loan a kit for £7.00 extra or purchase a Home Kit for £13.00 Extra.
if you wish to book/pre-book on one of these Workshops you can either click the link below or get in touch with me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For anyone wishing to attend one of Karen's Workshops, bookings are now being taken for a 1 Day Coloured pencil Workshop that will be run in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. If you wish to find out more, please click the image below to visit the webpage or get in touch via the MAIL US page. You can also fill in your details to secure your place via the booking form found on the CHESTERFIELD WORKSHOPS page.
If you are looking to take up a new Art medium and are thinking of choosing Graphite pencils but need some help and advice, I have written a little Article about starting out with Graphite pencils, what basic product requirements you will need to an explanation about those pencil grades. This article is a simple starting point for those totally new to Graphite.
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I hope this Article is very helpful to newbies to Graphite pencils.
The SAA contacted me in 2015 asking if I would like to be a contributor to the Q & A section in their quarterly magazine 'PAINT'. Being a Professional Artist (PA) of the SAA, I like to get involved wherever possible and sent through some questions and answers that I have been asked often as a Coloured pencil Artist & Art Tutor and these have been included in their latest Magazine (p.31 for those with their own magazine) It answers the following popular questions:
- Large online Art store with free delivery for members as well as special offers and loyalty points (Non members can also shop too but without added benefits)
- Video tutorials by numerous pro Artists recorded in the Newark HQ studio.
- SAA Open days at Newark HQ (in Notts) with access to the Art shop
- Quarterly PAINT magazine for all members covering a wide selection of varied Articles on different mediums
- Large online Art Forums
- Regular competitions (including Artist of the Year)
- A huge searchable database for those looking for Art Tutors & Workshops
- Access pages of Original Art for Sale
- Free Reference photographs (free from copyright)
What is important to you when buying a new Art product? This article offers some advantages & disadvantages of the pencils as well as giving lots of information on the lightfastness of the pencils and what this means. It also shows what these pencils are capable of and hopefully offers lots of helpful information and advice which will allow you to decide whether or not to take the plunge. Personally, I would say you can't go wrong with these pencils, but then I'm biased! ;)
Help and advice is at hand if so....
This article shows the 5 most important factors that I look for when selecting my professional pencil range:
The 5 'tests' shown in this article includes:
Any questions, just ask!
My next 1 Day Workshop coming up is the Graphite Pencils where I will be showing you how to create fur realism using this Ring-tailed Lemur image as the subject. Working using my own 'Blend & Erase' technique, this Workshop is open to anyone wishing to learn about working with Graphite pencils regardless of current Artistic skills, even if you have never used Graphite in Art before. Graphite pencils are a wonderful medium allowing you to create some highly detailed, even photo realistic effects and as there is no use of colour, Graphite pencil Art really adds strength and drama to a subject.
This Workshop will show you, whether an absolute Beginner or an Intermediate:
* Where to begin with a Graphite portrait
* How to prepare your Graphite piece to
achieve very fine details
* The best ways to blend Graphite
* How to layer a Graphite Portrait
* How to create the tones in a Graphite
Single Attendance with
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What is included in the day:
*The Support paper
*Photocopy of subject for Tracedown use
*Worksheets for the subject
*List of medium Do's & Dont's for future reference
*1 - 1 tutoring where required
*Free Hot & Cold drinks throughout the day
*An Art Kit for those loaning or purchasing one with their booking
Bonsall Court Community Centre,
Off Bowness Road, Newbold,
10am - 3:30pm
10 places currently available
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