If you’ve ever dreamt of getting in touch with your inner artist and unleashing your creative side then Artchievable! London art experiences will be right up your street. Designed specifically for each client, they’ll teach you techniques that will increase your confidence. When I first heard about Artchievable!, I thought they were theoretical lessons but far from it as they will get you creating your own masterpiece straight away. I was a bit daunted to find out that we would be painting as although I loved drawing in school, that was a long time ago!
However, Graham and Zarina instantly put us at our ease. With many years experience as an art tutor and artist respectively, they’re uniquely placed to help you channel your inner artist. They run specific courses aimed at children aged 6-19 and others aimed at adults and travel to you – they can even travel abroad if required. For our bespoke lesson, they had dreamt up the theme of Stepping into Picasso and created this masterpiece especially for us.
As one of my favourite artists, I wondered how our creation could possibly match up to the master of cubism. On the plus side, Picasso’s paintings have a certain simplicity which I imagine is why it was chosen as our theme! We were both given an empty canvas and pencils to start our sketches. Artchievable! can organise family classes at home, birthday workshops for children or adults, gallery tours and art drinks – the sky is the limit. From £120 per person per hour, they have some really interesting masterclasses such as Drawing Humans, Build a Jungle or Paint a Realistic Sky.
I went rather overboard on the detail, filling in features on the face. Graham advised that it’s best just to create a broad outline as he then did with the first figure on the left and I was soon to realise why…
Next we mixed our acrylic paints, with Zarina helping us to get a good mix of colours. Acrylic paint has the advantage of being fast drying and gives a subtle yet striking effect. White paint can be used to soften all colours, creating attractive pastel shades.
Now it was time to start painting in earnest. I applied the paint with a fairly thick brush for the base colour and the facial features that I had painstakingly drawn were instantly erased. Oh well, practice makes perfect! We used slimmer paint brushes for the details and the thinnest one possible for the outlines that we traced in black paint.
Mr Luxe and I had quite contrasting styles, with my painting being quite a detailed one that only filled half the canvas and his one using less black paint for definition but filling the whole canvas.
Noticing this, Zarina suggested that I add some geometric shapes to the top and bottom of my canvas. It certainly improved the overall look.
All that remained to finish off our masterpieces were to sign them…
Whilst it’s safe to say that I won’t be exhibiting my creations in art galleries any time soon, we thoroughly enjoyed our taster session. Graham and Zarina taught us some valuable tips of the trade and most importantly, gave us confidence. What do you think of our endeavours? Do you have an artistic streak?