Adults

This Way Up: Over 50s Drawing Sessions with Jim Morris

  • Artist(s):
    Jim Morris
  • Artform(s):
    Drawing
  • Venue(s):
    Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Summary:
This Way Up drawing sessions for Over 50s provided an opportunity to take part in a regular artistic activity with like-minded people, led and supported by a professional artist, and inspired by gallery collections.

Project Information

This Way Up drawing sessions for Over 50s provided an opportunity to take part in a regular artistic activity with like-minded people, led and supported by a professional artist, and inspired by gallery collections. The aim of the Over 50s group was also to encourage participants to broaden their social circle and to make new friends in a safe and relaxing environment.

The Over 50s group worked with artist Jim Morris. Jim guided participants through a range of different approaches to drawing and techniques to try out, getting their ideas and creativity flowing in fast-paced sessions. Participants explored the gallery collection using the elements as a theme - earth, wind, fire and water - with objects and images being used as points of interest and inspiration. The sessions also introduced participants to the wider art world, referencing artists and artworks related to the techniques they were using and the ideas being discussed. Participants left each session with a range of artworks along with the confidence, skills and ideas to continue their work at home.

Many participants who attended already had an interest in art and were creating artworks, or they wanted to get back into art and design and saw This Way Up as a chance to do so. A small number of participants were engaged in Wolverhampton Art Gallery activities already (Meet Me @ WAG), but for most of the participants, this was the first time they had taken part in an art activity in the space, and they were very keen to attend more creative sessions.

Calm and patient teacher – interested in looking at and seeing the world.


Good company with self-minded people abut encouraging individuality and thinking beyond the ‘square box’ scenario.

The enthusiasm of Jim was infectious. Delivered his art games brilliantly. Would certainly recommend him.

Use my brain for something new. Great sessions.

Always enjoy the sessions. Lots of inspiration and interesting ideas. Pleasant instructions. Free and easy atmosphere. Very relaxing. No pressure. Good venue with easy access. Relaxing and uplifting.

Fulfillment – thoroughly enjoyed and makes you feel content and alive.

Happy, relaxed, somewhat liberated.

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