We should have an exhibition!

In the last class, we all bring our drawings in. The floor is carpeted with expressive life drawing – bold charcoal swirls, delicate personal watercolour webs. A huge document of what we have experienced and made together. I’d really like to share some of it. I have booked the gallery at Vincent’s Art Workshop for…

What if? Naenae drawing workshops

Sometimes if you have a question, you gotta get out and ask it with others. What came up really strongly in this free workshop to explore where we live, is that “All of our perspectives are different.” I heard that in different ways, all day, and yes, you’re so right! I love drawing as a…

Circling and returning

Recently I’ve been feeling like I’m at the top of a growth cycle. You know, just before things move forward in new ways, before a breakthrough. So this week I designed Expressive Life Drawing class to reflect this. We made 2 minute drawings, three of them, working across and around the body,using different techniques each…

What does expressive drawing mean?

What I teach is not easy, it’s not generally easy to express ourselves! It’s much easier to teach technical tips, and they’re really great to have in our toolkit. But expression? That’s a messy, unpredictable, original thing. Original because it’s different for everyone. Messy because we find out through doing, experimenting and trying stuff out….

Permission and expression

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we give ourselves permission. The inner critic is strong, and we have ideas in our heads about what is a ‘good’ drawing. And also, what fear looks like. Slow, careful, diffiult lines, with shoulders hunched, eyes screwed up, and all the while fearing who is looking over our…

BIG drawing class

It’s so rare we have permission to go wild, move, be free and make a beautiful, alive, wild piece. We are battling our inner critic, the so called ‘right way’ to do things, and fear of making a mess. What if you were allowed? What if everything inside was allowed to spill onto the page?…

Expressive Drawing Weekend workshop at Wellesley School

If you’re after a real treat here’s one! Two days of Expressive drawing, right by the ocean, with lunches provided. When I teach a 2 hours class, we learn and try our exercises, that we then build into a longer drawing. This is a chance to really dive in to an abundance of approaches in…

Naenae Clubhouse Hands on Art Making Class

Hands on Art Making Class at Naenae Clubhouse.. Tonight we drew each other without looking at the page, and used Colour to look for the light and shadow…. I love this class. #siantorringtonartclasses #blinddrawing #trusttheprocess #artmakingtogether #findingout

Hands on art classes in Naenae

I’ve been living in Naenae for the last two years, and I’m so happy to be sharing some art time with the Naenae Clubhouse. Tonight we took lines for a walk, and then washed the colours around  and then added pastel colours. It’s all about find out, and trying things out. So when someone wanted…

“No vulnerability, no creativity”

I love this about the conditions we need to be able to learn. Brene Brown, Daring Classrooms “No vulnerability, no creativity.” “85% of the people I’ve interviewed over the last 15 years remember a shaming experience at school that changed forever how they think of themselves as learners.” Brene Brown Over the years, I have…