Over the last six weeks I’ve been taking part in a mixed media course with Converge. If you’re in York and have mental health issues and enjoy creative activities, definetely have a look at what they offer. Their courses are free, relaxed and they have a wide range from creative writing to film making to drawing.
The course looked at a different medium each week, starting with mark making and pencils:
Then inks which I loved. We started by watching a video of under the sea and painting whatever we saw as a way of getting used to the inks and how they work.
Then adding a second colour for a more planned piece of work:
I missed week three due to illness but it was drawing people using graphite which I know wouldn’t have played to my strengths.
Then collage which I love! Normally my collages are really busy so I used this opportunity to get advice from our teacher about more minimalistic approaches.
Annoyingly I didn’t take a picture of my work for week 5… It was a free for all so we could do anything we’d covered so far. I chose collage and created a head with thinky words on and a hand with creating words on. They’re mounted on a black piece of paper.
And the final week we went back to inks (yay!). This time we flicked through magazines for ideas and I painted a sea urchin:
I’ve really enjoyed doing an in person art class and love that it’s relaxed and friendly. There’s no pressure to create a masterpiece and it’s ok if I need to stop and rest my hands for a while. Everyone has produced some great pieces and they’re so different which I love seeing.
Next week, we start the advanced course!