Banish Fear of Failure - Process, Tips + Insights

Mixed Media / Various / Abstract / Beginners / Landscape

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Maybe it’s time to liberate yourself from your fear of getting your painting wrong? In this two part series of confidence boosting webinars artist Kerry Harding will share with you the tips and techniques she has developed over years of studio practice and teaching to banish those fears that stop you giving it a go.

Kerry in her studio

Understand what we think failure looks like when we are being creative, where might it come from and how it impacts us in the studio as a block. We will look at how successful artists develop tactics to banish those doubts and share some practical tips that you can try for yourself.

Kerry has been one of our lead artist for several years on our year long course called Porthmeor Programme. She has developed effective techniques with students to help break through personal confidence barriers to reach creative potential. In these two webinars she will share insights as well as tasters of the techniques she uses for herself and her others.

Each session will include a practical exercise for you to do at home to encourage play, risk taking and experimentation.

You can watch the session live or later. We record it so we can let you revisit the session to refresh your memory for up to one month after.

Once you have booked a session, you will receive a link on the morning of the broadcast. All you need to do is follow the link. You will also be invited to join our Facebook Alumni group so you can share your discoveries with our community of fellow students from around the world.

Whether you are a beginner or more experienced artist you will enjoy Kerry’s insights into how to banish that voice that holds you back.

Session 1 March 18th, 6pm

What blocks us from being creative?

Where do those inner voices come from that stop us making? Kerry shares insights into the steps you can take to build confidence and start to value your own personal narrative as an artist.

Session 2 March 25th, 6pm

Setting up your ‘healthy’ studio

How do we create the physical and mental space we need to be productive and inspired? Kerry shares her own insights along with other renowned artists. She guides you through a series of practical steps so you too can create your own personal routines that will unlock your creativity.

Taught by

Kerry
Harding

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‘Giving permission’ and ‘making transparent’ is what I try to do every time I teach. This inevitably leads to the reward of witnessing a small epiphany or pivotal direction change in a student’s approach. I enjoy teaching at the school as it has no set ‘school’ approach, each course is put together and taught from the tutors own practice. This has the benefit of enabling me to be both tutor and student within this process.

What to Bring

You don’t need to join in with the live session if you would prefer to watch and review later. If you would like to do the homework you can do experiments using whatever you have to hand. i.e., paper and glue, charcoal, paint.

You will need access to the internet and ideally a PC, Smart TV, laptop or a tablet with audio. Phones are not really suitable to watch a webinar on as the presenter will be hard to see when they share their screen with you. But we will be sending you a recording of the session so you can revisit it as many times as you like for up to one week after.

Timings and Breaks

We will start teaching at 6pm and expect the session to last one and a half hours.

We will pause for questions at different points during the session so you can pose questions to the artist using the online chat function.

We will be sending you a recording of the sessions so you can revisit as often as you like for up to a month after broadcast.

FAQs

Online

Do I need a webcam/any equipment.

For our webinar sessions which are broadcast on the internet no webcam or microphone is needed as you just need to be able to see/hear hosts and you can communicate using the chat function. You can watch using a PC, Smart TV or tablet. A phone isn’t ideal as you will struggle to see enough unless you can miracast to a screen or smart TV.

For the longer online courses on Zoom you will need a laptop or tablet with audio and camera enabled so you can have a screen near where you are working. If you have a PC without camera or speakers, you can purchase a plug and play webcam for approx £25 which connects to a usb port. You will also need reasonable broadband connection and speed.

I have registered for the webinar but I cant find my joining link

The link will be emailed to you at least 30 minutes before the session. Please check your junk mail and if you can’t find the email please contact info@schoolofpainting.co.uk and we will resend it. You can use a PC or tablet or even cast from your phone to watch on your Smart TV.

I paid for the session but missed it, can you send me the video?

Currently all our online sessions are recorded and the video recording will automatically be sent to all who booked on the session. You will have at least a week from the date of the session to watch it or up to a month for some of our longer courses and webinars.

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How can I get help in choosing a course?

Our friendly expert staff are always happy to discuss your needs and our courses in more detail to help you with your decision. Please call us on 01736 797180

How do I get my work home?

Tutors have special techniques for transporting oil paintings and the school has plastic folders available in our shop for £3.50 or do bring a portfolio.

For international students we are happy to arrange transportation of your work back home.

What do I need to bring?

Absolutely nothing! All materials and aprons are provided although some people do like to bring their own set of brushes.

What do I do for lunch?

Courses allow an hour’s break for lunch and there are numerous places nearby or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch into the studio.

What times do courses run?

Most of our courses start at 10am and end at 4.30pm on the first day. Subsequent days we start at 9.30am ending at 4pm.

Weekend Courses run 10am – 4pm on the first day but the final day starts at 9.30 and ends at 3.30 with a short lunch break to enable people to get home that evening.


Do you have to be experienced to come to the School?

The School is a very friendly and welcoming place for all ages and experience. Our drop-in life classes and August half-day workshops are ideal for those wanting to have a go for the first time. Most of our longer courses are also fine for novices.

If any of the courses do need a bit of experience we flag this up in the brochure and on the website.

Booking a Course

Can I pay by cheque?

Please get in touch by phone and we can hold your place for a few days whilst you post your cheque (made payable to: St Ives School of Painting) to us at St Ives School of Painting, Porthmeor Studios. St Ives TR26 1NG

How can I reserve a place?

We will hold a provisional reservation for 24 hours if you give us a call whilst you find accommodation. Otherwise please book online or by telephone 01736 797180.

You can reserve a place with a £100 deposit; balance is due 12 weeks before course start date.

About St Ives

Where do I park?

The nearest long stay public car parks are the Island and Barnoon both 5 minute walk away. In the peak summer months it may be easier to park at the big top car park by the leisure centre and walk down into town. If you don’t fancy the walk up the hill at the end of the day there is a shuttle bus which runs from outside the cinema.

How do I get there?

Public Transport: If you are coming from further afield the main train line runs into St Erth which is a 15 min taxi ride away or you can take the St Ives Bay Line which runs approx. every 30 minutes. The School is a 10 minute walk from St Ives station.

Driving: M5 will take you to Exeter where we recommend that you take the A30 across Bodmin Moor and into Cornwall. After passing Hayle, leave the A30 at St Erth roundabout for St Ives. Turn right at the second roundabout. This road will take you through Lelant and Carbis Bay into St Ives.

Where can I stay?

St Ives has a huge selection of hotels, guest houses and self catering accommodation to choose from. Please browse the art holidays St Ives section on our website and give us a call if you would like any help.

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