Me and my good friend Sharon Griffin met when she was my art tutor years ago. Our paths kept crossing and over the years we have become really good friends.

The questions…

Sharon has been making art since she was a little girl and has always been very creative. Over the years, Sharon has taught thousands of people about art. She is one of those people who just loves to give back. So when I started United ArtSpace, Sharon and I were chatting about how the same questions kept coming up when people would find us.

  • “Where do I start with my art?” 
  • “Am I good enough to be an artist?”
  • “I am not feeling connected with my art, can you help?” 
  • “I don’t know what my style is!”

The list goes on. Some artists finding us were new and hadn’t really done much with their art before, others were more established and perhaps selling and represented by a gallery. Either way, these questions were coming in about art, connection, style. I can still see these pockets of people who were struggling with different elements of their art.

Sharon and I decided to sit down together and look at these areas that artists were really struggling with, and started to come up with ways to help them, as between us we knew we had the experiences behind us to put something together to help people in these situations. From a beginner to a more established artist. 

Design cycle

We sat down and worked on a design cycle. With a design cycle it doesn’t matter what materials you use, what your subject matter is or the type of art you make. It is about the fundamental principles that tie all art together as this is where it all starts. We stripped it all back and looked at the core principles that help people find their voice and get excited about their art making. 

Art is unique to who you are, so the more you tap into that uniqueness, the more your art will stand out. And the more passion you will have for creating it, the more connected you’ll feel to your artwork and the stronger your voice will become. 

Creating this extension of yourself helps you when you come to sell your art and it goes on to get you excited about the whole process so you are able to stand out from the crowd. 

The key principles 

So 6 years ago we sat in Sharon’s studio and started to map out the course, Make Your Mark. In this course, we cover all the key principles and how you can delve into playing with different materials and subjects and really start to explore your voice. These are the key principles we look at: 

  • Research 
  • Materials and Techniques 
  • Formal Elements 
  • Colour 
  • Select and Reject 
  • Round up of your work – a finished piece, sketchbook, collection etc. 

Make Your Mark is about pulling all these elements together so you can begin to explore the visual language of your voice. 

It’s so fascinating to take part in this course, as week by week you can start to see how your creative process unfolds and you really learn to understand the art you make and your voice. Sharon shares some really valuable information and material for you to work on that allows you to try new things with your art and add structure to your work. 

If you’d like to find out more information or sign up to Make Your Mark, click here.

Much love, 

Michelle x