Inspiration and Influence

Topic Outline.

This week is all about inspiration and influence.

How does inspiration work for you?  What are the things that inspire you?

Whose work do you love? How do you allow yourself to be influenced by other artists?

These are some of the questions this session is going to address through some exploratory exercises, group discussions and research.

Materials for this Week.

For this week you will need:

A selection of images, photos or found objects that you are interested in and that inspire you.

A selection of acrylic paint and brushes.

A selection of drawing and line making tools. Pencils, crayons, oil pastel. Tools for drawing lines with and in paint.

Cheap drawing paper or your sketchbook.

Optional : mixed media, watercolour or acrylic paper in various sizes.

Here is the weekly PDF with the instructions for the exercises during the session. You may wish to have this to hand either on screen or printed at the session.

A selection of some of my Pinterest boards with art that inspires me.


Here are the slides as a short video.

And here is the link to my YouTube channel with the full recording from the teaching session on Monday

Notes from the Chat

From Jodi Jones : ines hildur
From Anna Barrett : Neil Canning
From Jodi Jones : peter joyce
From Karen : peter Joyce too!
From Karen : Leigh Davis
From Karen : Peter Lamyon
From Karen : Lanyon
From Sylvie Fourcin : Mary bond
From Ginny McDermott : Sue Nichol Staithesartist
From kath : colin orchard j
From kath : kurt jackson
From Sylvie Fourcin : Scotch artist Mary Bond
From Lynn hernandez : Robert Delongs

The book reference I mention is:

“Creative States of Mind Psychoanalysis and the Artist’s Process” by Patricia Townsend, published by Routledge.

Sketchbook Work

Here are some sketchbook journal ideas for the next week. Feel free to do as much or as little as you want.

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