Enrolment for ‘MAKE YOUR MARK‘ is now closed.

We run this course yearly, and the next start date is 18th February 2019.  Join the waitlist below to be the first to hear when enrollment opens.

What’s Included?

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Private Classroom

You will have access to your course material via a private online membership website and there is also a private Facebook group, which will be your virtual classroom. 
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Course Material

The courses are delivered through pre-recorded video demonstrations and downloadable PDF’s.

You will receive new material every week along with guided tasks.

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Live Tutor Support

I will host a 6 x 1 hour live Q&A sessions (during the 8 weeks), where you will receive extra support and guidance. I will also give weekly feedback within the Facebook group.  

The Course Breakdown

The course covers the following:-

Part 1 - Research

This is the fun part, getting out into the real world and finding inspiration.  By the end of this lesson you will have:
 
  • ·      Collected primary and secondary sources of inspiration
  • ·      Responded to them in your sketchbook using mixed media
  • ·      Delve deep into a subject area that you really find exciting
  • ·      Broadened your knowledge and understanding of a particular theme
  • ·      Understand how to visually record your inspiration
  • ·      Explored a vast variety of possible starting points
  • ·      Removed your preconceived ideas of what the end result might be
  • ·      An understanding of the design cycle

Part 2 - Materials & Techniques

This part is all about letting go and learning to enjoy the process of creating and exploring combinations of mixed media and materials.  It’s time to loosen up and respond to your research. By the end of this lesson you will have:
 
  • ·      Chosen your preferred materials & theme
  • ·      Responded to your initial research through experimentation
  •         Explore a variety of techniques and materials
  • ·      An understanding of how other artists approach their work

Part 3 - Delving Deeper

By the end of this lesson you will have:
 
  • ·      Explored your chosen theme and medium in great depth by relating them to each other
  • ·      Explored formal elements, such as texture, tone and line.
  • ·      An understanding of how you approach your own work
  • ·      Used formal elements to improve your use of marks and tone
  • ·      Produced your own grey-scale key that will enable you to compare the tonal values of two different objects (bonus)

Part 4 - All About Colour

This lesson is all about colour and by the end of this lesson you will have:
 
  • ·      Experimented with colour and developed a unique palette that best fits the direction of your work.
  • ·      An understanding of the differences in colour theory and the science behind it
  • ·      Used your grey scale key to become conscious of your representation of colour
  • ·      A better understanding of how you can exploit colour in your work

Part 5 - Select & Reject

It’s time to connect with your why.  Why this colour? Why this mark? Why this subject?
By the end of this lesson you will have:
 
  • ·      Developed analytical skills by questioning your own work and that of others. 
  • ·      The ability to identify why a piece of art makes you feel the way it does
  • ·      An understanding of how you can use that same analysis to communicate to your own audience
  • ·      More confidence to use your own experience and background to form an opinion on art
  • ·      Learn how to ‘read’ an image
  •        Narrowed down your focus so you can go on to create a strong piece of work or a collection of work
  •        Experiement with how to pull your ideas and exploration together

Part 6 - Round up

You will collate all your work and by looking back you will review your journey.  By the end of this lesson you will have:
 
  • ·      Enough research & experiments to take your work to the next level and create a finished work of art or a collection.
  • ·      Collated all your work and put it into order
  • ·      Explore ways to present and show your work
  • ·      Reflected over your journey
  • ·      Produced an in-depth body of work
  • ·      Produced a highly exciting resource that is unique to you
Sharon is an amazingly creative and talented artist, who creates personal and emotive paintings and sculptures, she is an inspiration to watch and to work alongside, her passion for the arts and developing peoples’ skills and abilities is second to none; an enthusiastic and motivating teacher. Anna Dowdal

UK

I am a printmaker and I draw and met Sharon when I was looking to work in 3D to feed into 2D portrait and figurative work. I found her a very generous and supportive teacher with the ability to respond to different students’ needs and experiences. Her encouragement has been invaluable. Suki White

Print Maker, UK

I first met Sharon about 11 years ago when she was tutor on an art foundation course that I joined as a mature student wishing to improve on my hobby-level painting and print-making. She introduced me to clay, and then encouraged me to go to Uni, seeing potential in me which I had no idea existed! She opened up a whole new world for me – as a result of her encouragement, energy & enthusiasm I went on to gain BA(Hons), set up my home-based studio & business, gained a Masters degree, exhibited in museums, became resident artist for an archaeological dig. Not bad for a post-retirement age grandmother. Thank you Sharon, you’re inspirational. Ann Kelcy

Print Maker & Artist, UK

Is This Course Right for You?

This course is perfect for you if:

  • ·      You have a positive attitude and you want to make art that is true to you
  • ·      You have an open mind and you are willing to try new things
  • ·      You don’t have much confidence in your ability and you need support and guidance
  • ·      You are willing to complete the tasks I set to see the results
  • ·      You are willing to get your hands dirty (literally)

This course isn’t for you if:

  • ·      You don’t want to make art
  • ·      You don’t like being around supportive, friendly people
  • ·      You don’t like the idea of learning something new
  • ·      You don’t want to dedicate time to making art
  • ·      You don’t like the thought of chalk or paint and it makes you run a mile

FAQ’s

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

Do I need previous art experience?
This course isn’t suitable for absolute beginners who have never picked up a pencil before. So yes, a very small amount of previous art experience would be advisable.
What materials do I need before the course starts?
During the course you will be encouraged to keep a sketchbook (which can be made or bought).  You will also need your own materials, such as paints, canvas, paper etc. This all depends on what you choose, as this part of the course is open for you to decide.
How do online courses work? Do I need to be at my computer at a certain time?
The course is delivered in a password-protected membership site and the new lessons are uploaded every Monday.  The major benefit of the course being delivered online is that you can choose when to spend time on the lessons.  You may choose to log in every Monday or every Friday.  There is a private Facebook group that serves as the classroom as we would encourage you to visit this often, as this will give you extra support.  There is one specific time you will need to be present each week and that is during the live Q&A sessions with me, but if you can’t make these they will be available in the group on a replay.
How is the Course Material Delivered?
The course will be delivered through pre-recorded video and PDF’s.  You will be able to download all the materials, so it’s yours to keep.
Will the course material be available after the class has ended?
The live support from me will last 12 weeks, after this you will have access to the private membership site for 12 months. You can download all the course material as this is yours to keep, so you will be able to revisit the lessons every time you want to start a new project.
Will I get feedback on my work?
You will be part of an online community so you can request feedback from others.

On the last day of the course there will be an opportunity for you to post your work and receive feedback from others and also myself in the group.

I’m going to be away for some of the course, will this be a problem?
No, the course can be accessed from anywhere in the world and because you have free access to the material for 12 months you will have plenty of time to catch up.  You can also download all the material, so you can work through it at your own pace.
How much time per week do I need to set aside for this course?
If you want to keep up with the homework and see results you will need to dedicate at least 6 hours per week. 
I’m not a UK resident, is this course for me?
Yes, this course is open to all countries and this diversity in cultures is what makes online courses so amazing.  In fact our previous student have been from various Countries in Europe, India, South Africa, Australia, Canada, USA & New Zealand.
How do I pay for the course?
We take very secure online card payments.