During August local artist Julia Renault will be doing summer holiday art sessions with a difference. Her ‘Art Skill Up’ and ‘Art Pairs’ will focus on the skills of drawing and painting, rather than on themes and the idea is that people can take a three or four hour session to improve their skills. The sessions are tailored to individuals in a group setting, so that they have all the benefits of one to one tutoring with the added benefit of being more affordable and sociable.
Art Skill Up sessions are for 7 to 16 year olds and Art Pairs are for two adults or two family members, and can include an adult and a child from age 6. Art Skill Up is studio based but with Art Pairs students go out on location to draw and paint, there are sessions at historic buildings in St Helier, some rural spots and one at the Jersey Lavender Farm. For the first time this autumn, Julia is also offering weekday afternoon classes for adults, in addition to her popular evening sessions. There are options to learn watercolours, acrylics and oil painting in her studio at Communicare, St Brelade. The start dates are staggered over early autumn but early enrolment is required because, like the children’s classes, numbers will be kept small to ensure attention.
Julia’s Art For Young People groups, one of which meets in St Paul’s Centre, St Helier, are very popular as they teach art in a relaxed atmosphere and promote concentration through the precise skills taught. There are spaces for 7 to 16 year olds in these small groups, starting at the beginning of September. her students have enjoyed success in the Jersey Eistedfodd Creative Arts, regularly winning trophies. Julia seeks out international and local competitions for them, and opportunities to display their art in the island. These children will take part in the St Helier Christmas Window Competition again. Last year they had a window in Romerils’ shop where their sculptures and mock stained glass made a Christmas scene. Plans for the autumn include painting, drawing, sculpture and textile art.
This autumn sees the launch of a class for under sevens at Communicare. An opportunity to take age appropriate art lessons from the start, with art games and art stories. Art Start is something different from messy play. It will be fun, working with four year old artists, exploring materials and their creative possibilities! Carers welcome. This is what people have been asking for, so we are going to offer a shortened nine week term initially.