Drawn to the circus - The Drawing Circus at Phoenix Studio
Welcome to my latest blog. I am an Artist and Tutor working across Oxfordshire as well as East Sussex (Brighton). I run regular workshops and events at the Ashmolean Museum. I enjoy teaching as well as sketching 'live events' particularly when it includes the moving figure.
When I discovered that The Drawing Circus were coming to The Phoenix Studio in Towersey I knew this would be an opportunity too good to miss! It certainly was a most productive and inspiring weekend. I’d like to share the work I created and in doing so encourage others to sketch from the figure.
In the words of James Ort who did a brilliant job of organizing the event "The Circus does not just put on life drawing classes, they put on celebrations of life, art and creativity!" I am so glad I booked on what turned out to be a most spectacular event.
The weekend gave me the freedom to choose from a diverse selection of short and long poses and colourful circus themed set ups.
The performers certainly know how to capture their audience (led by their ‘Ring Master’ ) by telling a good story and creating an inspiring atmosphere for all levels of abilities.
I enjoyed wandering freely around the beautiful summer meadow as well as setting up in the circus dressing room and art studio.
Left: Jake Spicer (Ring Master) teaching
Meanwhile if you enjoy sketching and would like some handy tips and guidance then I am running a 'Sketchbook Tour' at the Ashmolean Museum on the 15th September. I'll also be delivering two workshops on drawing and painting from the costumed figure later on in the year. If you would like to know more about the services I offer including: artist residency programme, workshops, education and sketching live at your event, then please get in touch.
The Drawing Circus stage lots of wonderful events and the Phoenix Studio is a very welcoming and inspiring place to learn.
Thinking about booking onto an event with The Drawing Circus? Good news they'll be back next year. I've already booked my place!
If you'd like to see more of my portfolio then please visit my website www.amandabeckartist.com