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Starting new projects- having reflective weeks

The inspiration word for The Arts School‘s 52 week challenge this week is SELF. I am using it to reflect on where I am with my own art practise and what I want to do this year.

It’s great to spend some time stopping to look both in and out.

So far (it’s day one!) I am seeing a renewed interest in how “we” are effecting the environment around us (my BA final project was on this), story telling (which my MA thesis considered), and lots of exploring materials.

Now to start making some goals.

©️Sophie Douglas 2018


2018 – The Arts School

Wow! It’s been a long time since I posted and the reasons good!

The Arts School is up and running and I am loving teaching again! Now we start the new year with lots of courses and a new teacher working with us teaching watercolour (Jo Hudson).

Come and take a class and hopefully enjoy it as much as our past students (and we) do! www.theartsschool.co.uk

The Arts School

Getting ready to run a taster day at The Arts School tomorrow.

General Art is one of my favourite courses as it is project based and gives you a chance to try different materials out and develop your own ideas and work. 

If you are interested in this course or any others, please visit or website email me at sophie@theartsschool.co.uk


Roll up! Roll up!

Our next course is Figurative Drawing on bank holiday Monday August 28th.

The day runs from 10:30-12:30, break of an hour for delicious lunch (let us know dietary requirements at time of booking), then 1:30-3pm we create! 

Course costs £90 and includes materials, and lunch, just bring yourself!

Refer a friend and get 10% off.

We look forward to meeting you!


The Arts School

Met a lovely life model today for our figurative drawing class.

Come and join us on one of our courses!


Time to paint

This week I  spent two mornings taking part in an art class’s run by the incredibly talented and generous Fiona Graham Mackay

I have not sat down and done an oil painting since I took my A levels (in 1998…) and was surprised by how successful it was, and how much I enjoyed it! 
I feel the reasons I have shied away from oils are time, money and practicality. I intend to explore this beautiful and generous material further!
Everyone go and do an art course, meet up with a friend or three, join a group, whatever you want, but get out there and do some painting, just because it’s good for your soul. 
These are my little paintings, whilst there is allot of space for improvement, I am immensely proud of taking the time for myself, that I haven’t forgotten everything I was taught, and for trying something different. Have a wonderful weekend. Sophie xxx
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Drawing class – a day of indulgence!

Today I attended a full day drawing class with Nelson Ferreira at the V and A. It felt like a total indulgence being able to just sit and draw for hours!

As a drawing teacher it was great to see how others teach the same thing, and to learn better ways of explaining.

The things Nelson taught me today:

When explaining how to work out the angles think of the time, is the angle at 10 o’clock, or 2 o’clock? This seems like a great way to think about it! Shadows have no texture, and hold the picture to the object you are drawing to see the lights and darks, I found out my pictures are way too light! And finally to look at what is the sharpness of the line.

Here is my attempt:


The drawing lesson took place in the Cast Court, which I regret to know nothing about so here’s the V and A’s explanation:
“The Cast Courts at the V&A, two vast galleries that
house the Museum’s most important plaster cast
and electrotype reproductions, make a significant
impression on visitors. These faithful copies were
mainly taken from works of art or architectural
details throughout Europe during the nineteenth
century, when the collecting of such casts was at
its most popular. The Museum commissioned or
bought these reproductions from some of the
leading cast manufacturers of the day. The
collection that was assembled allowed people
who could not travel abroad to admire some of
the major European monuments and works of art.”


My only advice would be to do the half day, as I am exhausted from a full day! But great teacher!

Here are a few more pictures from London today: