Art Classes in Lockdown

Lockdown has forced the move of my weekly painting classes online.

Classes, sociably held until March this year in a local community centre with time for painting and chat, are now virtual affairs, with conversations held – and photographs of work shared – via group messaging.

Demo painting by Simon Birtall: cut flowers

I’ve tried to look for the positives in these difficult, troubling times, and in artistic terms they haven’t been hard to find. As a painting class, we have the chance to focus on making some really personal work in our own environments, and as a tutor I have the opportunity to trial a new approach.

Happily, to date it’s turned out to be a very enjoyable and reassuringly positive experience.

Normally, in the ‘real world’, I will make a brief demonstration painting at the start of a class. Instead of which, over the last couple of months, I’ve had fun making video demos at home, where I tend to give myself a little more time before editing the videos down to a (hopefully) less-boring length. This is a speeded-up, much edited version of one of those demos, painted in Winsor and Newton acrylics on mount board.

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