Case Studies

This Way Up: Wolverhampton City Council Employee Drawing Sessions with Sarah Taylor Silverwood

  • Artist(s):
    Sarah Taylor Silverwood
  • Artform(s):
    Drawing
  • Venue(s):
    Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Summary:
This Way Up drawing sessions for Wolverhampton City Council Employees provided an opportunity to take part in a weekly artistic activity, led and supported by a professional artist, and inspired by gallery collections.

Project Information

This Way Up drawing sessions for Wolverhampton City Council Employees provided an opportunity to take part in a weekly artistic activity, led and supported by a professional artist, and inspired by gallery collections. The aim of the Employees group was to offer participants time out from the stress and routine of the working day and week, providing a friendly space to relax, recharge and do something for themselves.

The Employees group worked with artist Sarah Taylor Silverwood. In these hour-long lunchtime sessions, Sarah introduced participants to a wide range of different drawing techniques and ways into making work, offering a range of materials and exercises to work with each week. Participants explored different mark-making equipment and surfaces to work on, including inks and lino printing, and were encouraged to have a go at everything on offer. The gallery collection was used as a great source of inspiration and subject matter in the sessions, which included a trip to the collection resource room to view Hokusai’s exquisite, rare sketchbooks, and the opportunity to draw a fossilised baby dinosaur’s footprint.

The sessions provided a weekly respite from work and supported participants to develop their own style and approaches, encouraging them to continue drawing at home. The sessions providing easy, quick ways to get started, ideas for working in sketchbooks and getting into a routine of drawing and taking that quiet time out for yourself that drawing requires.

I have enjoyed the company. It gives me a break from the days work in a friendly environment.

It has been a really informative course, and has extended my knowledge since GCSE hugely. I haven’t really done any art since school, and it was one of my best/favourite subjects, so it has been great to rediscover my love of it, and to actually take some time out of life and work, to focus on something that’s just for me. Since becoming a mom 5 years ago, juggling work and family mean this never happens. I really hope that as the sessions come to an end, I can find a way to continue.

Meeting new people and learning about the art and artists in Wolverhampton.

A nice bit of escapism in a hectic working day. The sessions helped me to look at my world from a different/more creative perspective and gave me confidence in drawing.  Sarah is an excellent teacher and I felt like I learned a lot in the few weeks that I attended.

I enjoyed learning to do quick sketches in 1 minute and 2 minutes, blind drawing. We were privileged to view an artist sketchpad and pattern books found in the Art galleries archives. I enjoyed meeting like-minded people and sharing our art.

I loved coming to the art sessions at the Art Gallery. I was very lucky as my work colleagues (we are only a very small team) were prepared to be flexible to allow me to attend. I am looking for ways to slow down my life and relax more as I live a very frenetic lifestyle due to the pressure at work and family commitments, I am truly one of the sandwich generation! The classes were informative, very interesting and varied which allowed me to experiment with different materials and styles in a safe and comfortable environment. I always loved Art and crafts as a child and I am keen to get started again. I feel this taster course will be invaluable in starting me off on a new road.

I enjoyed all the sessions and really liked the variety.  I have not taken part in any drawing/art sessions since ‘O’ level Art and felt like I was revisiting something that I had forgotten I enjoyed so much.  It was great to meet up with people outside of work although most of us got totally absorbed by the sessions.

It was so nice to zone out of work in the middle of the day.

 

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