Well, to start with, when you think of a school you think of LOTS of lovely staff and, at the very least, some sort of reception. Really we're a small, but perfect, Art Studio in the center of Henley and there are actually only two of us who run it! Jo Harris, (that's me) started the school as a Life Drawing School, teaching out of the Remenham Parish Hall, back in 2013. After a few years, the classes were growing too big and it became clear that the school needed its own Studio. As luck would have it, the world's most ideal teaching space became available and Jo (I) moved in to the studio at 30c Hart Street and made it my own. The Studio is based in the center of Henley and is exceptionally beautiful, I was going to need to put more classes on to pay the rent, so I started to invite some of the very best artists in the area to come and join the team... The Henley School of Art was born. 3 glorious, sometimes difficult, but very rewarding years went by; hundreds of students came through the doors and our thriving creative community had begun to expand - then the dreaded Coronavirus struck. Shutting the school was a very difficult thing to have to do; we were given some financial aid and our lovely Landlord was on our side too, but the Studio still needed to be paid for (even at a reduced rate) and we had a mountain of refunds to pay out - without any income it was looking pretty dire. I started to trial some online, unguided Life Drawing sessions, finding models from all over the world and it picked up enough momentum to make things feel a little less desperate. There was one artist, whose name I knew as a brilliant local Illustrator, who came to every online session and we soon became friends. When I put the call out to see if anyone fancied sharing the studio, this artist jumped on board and that was how the fabulous Holly Surplice became a very welcome Co-Director of the School.
- Online Animal Life Drawing - National Marine Aquarium LIVE ANIMAL LIFE-DRAWING FROM THE NATIONAL MARINE AQUARIUM We are diving straight into the deep end of animal drawing delights in our first week of ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM - it's going to be FINTASTIC! Streaming LIVE from the UK's largest marine aquarium, the NMA is an extraordinary place to find creative inspiration. We will have color and movement, tone and texture and a whole lot of unique aquatic forms to capture on paper. It's going to be hugely fun and entertaining as we work our way around the aquarium and meet the extraordinary array of residents! As part of the Ocean Conservation Trust the NMA works tirelessly towards the ongoing preservation of our oceans and funds raised from this evening will help with their continued good work. - Online Animal Life Drawing - Birds of Prey LIVE ANIMAL LIFE-DRAWING WITH FEATHERS AND FUR FALCONRY What a treat we are in for! The lovely Sadie of Feathers & Fur Falconry in Berkshire is bringing live raptors to your screens in what is set to be a stunning drawing session. We will be drawing a range of owls & hawks from a variety of vantage points and closeness. Sadie has a fantastic studio set up which is going to enable us to get unique and exciting live footage of these glorious birds - it's going to be utterly fantastic! - Online Animal Life Drawing - FJORD HORSES LIVE ANIMAL LIFE-DRAWING OF FJORD HORSES FROM RUSSIA Shake up your Sunday morning with this belter of a drawing session, LIVE all the way from RUSSIA! The incredibly talented Nicol is bringing her STUNNING pair of Fjord Horses to our screens in the most unique way. Prinz and Diadem work at liberty with Nicol which means that much of the work they do together is done without the constraints of saddlery. She has an wonderfully strong bond with her horses and they will obligingly sit and lie down which is going to give us artists some BRILLIANT poses to work from! Fjord horses are a gorgeously striking Norwegian breed of horse. With their distinctive coloring and upright mane, they create the most wonderful shapes, and their gentle nature just beams out of those big dark eyes. This is a drawing session NOT TO BE MISSED! *These sessions are open to all, we are friendly and inclusive bunch at HSA and welcome artists of all levels and experience. The beauty of these online sessions is that you are working within the comfort and privacy of your own home - there is no pressure to show your work if you don't want to.
An email with zoom link and details will be sent out on the day of the event
Online Animal Life Drawing - National Marine Aquarium October 23: 7-9 pm Online Animal Life Drawing - Birds of Prey October 30: 7-9 pm Online Animal Life Drawing - FJORD HORSES November 15: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm *All times listed on website are in UK Time