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Family Day – Painting and Drawing

West Dartmoor Art Courses Family Painting and Drawing Day

Our new venture is off the ground with our first day’s art courses being a family day for three 12 year old boys and their associated parents.

The families brought a picnic with them which we were able to eat in the garden, a place the boys made good use of during the day to let off steam between painting and drawing activities.

We opened with a relaxing go at blind drawings – some of which were hilarious!!! before settling down to looking at and understanding form and the effect of one form on another.


Drawing a growing range of cylindrical objects each outline taking a different colour and ending with a final drawing which described not only shape and form but also the effect of one object on another.

Painting was started with splat paintings which the students looked for anthropomorphic shapes and monsters in the paint. An absorbing forray into how different brushes make different marks.

We then explored how painting from premixed colours and working with pure colour directly onto he paper changed the painting into a much moe lively and vibrant depiction of the object – in this case trees; of which there were many interactions and each one was given a braver approach. I was so pleased with how everyone engaged with this particularly the grown ups, but also Javier one of the boys who was intrigued by the development of the technique. The other two boys tried very hard and made some progress towards understanding that a tree was not necessarily solid of just green. So well done to them.

A final exercise in form using various techniques to build form and depth using positive and negative, hard and soft and building these to form a small but interesting composition of leaves. This exercise is one devised by the talented Rick Suowicz, which everyone really engaged with too. I was impressed with the boys who made this exercise their own and to the parents engrossed with bringing the techniques together in the last thumbnail.


Everyone was very pleased with the day and their paintings – a veritable exhibition went home with them. We were very pleased with the outcome and that they had such a lovely day that they wanted to come again. Maybe bringing three generations on a bonding day, and we would be more than pleased to see them all again too.