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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


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!


Busy times

Some days you believe you have taken on to many things and nothing is getting done.

Some days you see that you are chipping away at lots of different projects and the reward will come later down the line.

Some days you need to take stock and shut down those things that realistically will not bring you what you need them to.

Today I am making a list of what I have “on my plate”.

What needs to be dealt with today? What can wait? What do I want to do? 


Saturday Addition 9: Bringing drawing back

Today’s addition again comes from the Paper exhibition at Saatchi, although it is now ended.

Today we look at a Dawn Clements work “Movie”. Dawm Celement creates large scale drawings of scenes, this one a movie. This work makes me think about our fascination with others, with living vicariously through films, and TV, through magazines and watching others. I love eavesdropping, knowing what others are doing, I think it is part of human nature, to not feel alone, or different.

20130928-185903.jpgThis work makes me think about what we take, or rather what we understand, as we never get the whole picture, it is only our interpretation. Between the drawings of scenes and the little bits of text, there is no clear picture or narrative, but the idea of what is being observed by the artist and passed to the viewer. Like Descartes “I think therefore I am” I understand this as: I know from what I have experienced before and can make things relate to each other to gain an understanding I can except. Someone might know this “movie” and understand every detail, whilst others will not.

20130928-185852.jpgThe three reasons for selecting this work are skills, inspiration and because. Firstly I admire the skills in both the drawing, and the concept of creating a narrative from narrative. For me this is about art, as an artists I am reshowing something, whether a story, or an emotion. Secondly, I love work that when you are somewhere else, it pops into your head and inspires you to create something, and this is the work that inspired me to create my commute blogart earlier in the week. It is the idea of capturing little moments, remembering, retelling a story. And lastly, because, I just like it, and sometimes that is enough of a reason.

20130928-185932.jpgWhat do you think?

What Saatchi says: (Text by Ben Street)
“Dawn Clements’ works use drawing as a way to document and describe durational experiences: watching a film, for instance. Employing a painstaking precision of description and often writing notes directly onto the paper, Clements uses the act of drawing as a parallel to remembering: these are aides-memoires, attempts to hold transient things in the mind. Like the tracking shots of cinema, they sweep through interiors, gathering visual information, but by eliding the human presence, abstract place and setting from their narrative contexts.”

What others have said:
From The Whitney museum Of American Art

Dawn Clements’s large-scale drawings depict interior domestic spaces, either her own surroundings or those in classic 1940s and 1950s Hollywood melodramas. She is especially interested in the idea of the home as a place of both comfort and confinement: “They are places, no matter how beautiful and wonderful they may appear, that are incarcerating of all these characters. The doors may be unlocked, but somehow the women can’t walk out the door.”


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Saatchi Gallery