Artist: Amanda Wood

In this masterclass, led by Amanda Wood, we’ll be working on a non-traditional approach to drawing from life. Abstracting the figure and exploring different ways of making, with charcoal, paint, pastel and ink. We will be approaching the figure as a landscape, finding lines, shapes and negative spaces and looking at two or three poses in one image. There will be short demos by Amanda throughout the session.

Artist biography is included below (scroll down).

Open to: Everyone! No experience required. 

Where and when: 18th May 2024, 13:00 to 16:00 at Baptist Church, 135 Hill Road, Folkestone CT19 6LY. Free parking is available.

What to bring: A2 or A3 general purpose paper, charcoal, ink and pastels, jam jar for water and medium & soft brushes, masking tape, backing board and desk easel. Supplies will be available if required.


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Amanda grew up in Kent and studied Fine Art/Sculpture at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in Chislehurst. After completing her degree in 1981, she moved to North London, where she worked as an assistant in a bronze sculpture casting foundry in Bromley by Bow. She spent a further two years as assistant to an Austrian Trompe-l’œil artist, working on large murals, gilding ceilings, and using decorative paint effects in museums, department stores and private houses. Amanda was a freelance illustrator with Linda Roger Associates for several years, specialising in children’s books. She also worked as an artist in primary and secondary schools until 2013.

Since moving to Folkestone in 2014 she has returned to painting and sculpture. In 2016 Amanda and her husband Jon built The Woodshed Studio & Gallery on the site of a derelict butchers shed in the historic Bayle area of Folkestone. This is where Amanda now creates and sells her work – the Kent countryside and dramatic coastlines providing inspiration.

Find out more at Amanda’s website.