Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

Letting Go is a workshop and a state of mind

Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

Letting Go workshop by Ruth le Cheminant May 2018 at Blackheath Art Society

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I walked away from doing any art workshops for a very long time after leaving high school art teaching over 30 years ago. I went on to other careers and was able to gradually weave my way back to my art practice. I stoically refused to teach as I believed I had nothing significant to give.  I didn’t realise the very way I work could be the basis for a workshop.

One day over a year ago I was helping with an exhibition at Blackheath Art Society and one of my works on paper was purchased by another artist, always a compliment.  It delighted me. I thanked her and realising she did quite beautiful work. I was curious why she had purchased my work and she explained your work is so free and as an illustrator I am required to work within certain structures. The three of us present talked about differences in approach to doing art. I was asked ‘How do you do it?’  ‘Easy’ I replied ‘just let go’. And as I was working with the workshop Co-ordinator for the Blackheath Art Society I was challenged to run such a workshop. I panicked, walked in circles and then slowly put together a plan for a one day workshop. It was about stories, play, individual guidance/suggestion with each participants and trying different methods. I think we all had a good day. It certainly went quickly for me.

 

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