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Life Drawing Classes with Debbi Sutton

Life Drawing and Art for everyone : Tutor: Debbi Sutton’s work includes traditional drawing, site specific installation, conceptual sculpture and zen brushwork. She has 20+ years teaching experience in UK and US and is currently teaching online .  If you would be interested in joining one of her online drawing classes or having one-to-one tutorials, please contact Debbi Sutton at debbi@SuttonOnSutton.com.

Debbi Sutton’s teaching is both playful and serious. She sees it as an extension of her art practice; drawing out the participants to find their artistic voice.  In her own work she uses the world around to initiate and inform the evolution of enigmatic objects and installations.   Working in a continually evolving spiral, returning to and revisiting themes, using the personal, she represents the universal, developing interrelated pieces that prompt recollections, thoughts and questions from the viewer.  To find out more about Debbi Sutton what the Portrait Conversations at https://www.paintboxtv.com/portrait-conversation-1-debbi-sutton.

Drawing from the Model, an online class by Debbi Sutton, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drawing-from-the-model-tuesday-5-may-2020-tickets-104204388130

We may feel constrained and restricted by the current situation.  Here are 2 artists how have continued to make substantial works of art despite becoming physically constrained.

In this video Chuck Close talks about his work and is filmed working in his studio.  Close was a photo realist painter who became partially paralysed and wheelchair bound in 1988.  https://whitecube.com/channel/channel/chuck_close_in_the_studio

In Lamentation, the choreographer Martha explores confinement and grief. There is an emotional intensity in the work and an emotional intensity to this current time. Lamentation was debuted in 1930. This video shows the choreographer, Martha Graham, performing it at Bennington College in 1943. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klF8Ob8bRSE

Debbi Sutton’s artwork uses the world around to initiate and inform the evolution of enigmatic objects and installations.  Using the personal, she represents the universal.  The work is a continually evolving spiral, returning to, and revisiting themes, developing interrelated pieces to prompt recollections, thoughts and questions from the viewer.  It is both playful and serious; prompting recollections, thoughts and questions from the viewer. For her, teaching is an extension of that practice; of drawing out the participants to find their artistic voice.


Links from previous weeks:

This week my theme is looking at the familiar anew. I start with the  wonderfully absurd, Triadic Ballet from the Bauhaus. The video is a 1970’s recreation of the 1916 Ballet by the teacher and artist, Oscar Schlemmer. The ballet is the product of a time of great change and experimentation, of the collaboration between art disciplines at the Bauhaus. In this Ballet the sculptural costumes dictate the Ballet dancers movements. https://hintmag.com/2017/09/28/bauhaus-ballet-triadic-oskar-schlemmer-september-28-2017-2015-fashion/

A Brief History of John Baldessari is a wonderfully playful video about a wonderfully playful artist, who irreverently challenges the art world.  https://vimeo.com/162877271

While we may be rather stuck at the moment enjoy the British countryside with this documentary looking at how some artists work with the natural world.  In the documentary, Forest, Field & Sky: Art out of Nature, “Dr James Fox takes a journey through six different landscapes across Britain, meeting artists whose work explores our relationship to the natural world. From Andy Goldsworthy’s beautiful stone sculptures to James Turrell’s extraordinary sky spaces, this is a film about art made out of nature itself. Featuring spectacular images of landscape and art, James travels from the furthest reaches of the Scottish coast and the farmlands of Cumbria to woods of north Wales. In each location he marvels at how artists’ interactions with the landscape have created a very different kind of modern art – and make us look again at the world around us.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q262DGh6QeM&list=PLM4S2hGZDSE7Nh27vfT6UTPWYkavRhj4-

(Note: Film is in 4 parts that play automatically)

Debbi Sutton will be the subject for Jeremy Sutton’s new Conversation series – next Friday, 3 April at 6pm UK time  https://www.paintboxtv.com/portrait-conversation-1-debbi-sutton.

Debbi Sutton teaches Life Drawing and Art for people living with Dementia.  She believes it is important to be inspired and here are a few resources that she uses for inspiration:George Seurat sketchbooks:

Check out his tonal drawing style.

Louise Bourgeois: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/louise-bourgeois-2351/art-louise-bourgeois

An artist whose work is inspired by her world and worked uncompromisingly.  The world caught up with her in her late 60’s, and she had great success from then on.  She died in 2010 age 98.

Yayoi Kusama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRZR3nsiIeA Another artist with great success in later life is the uncompromising Yayoi Kusama.  She lives with mental illness and invites us into her world, as someone who lives life on her own terms. Museum Tours: https://www.timeout.com/travel/virtual-museum-tours

More online workshops coming from Debbi :

Drawing from the Model, an online class by Debbi Sutton


  • May 4, 2020 - August 3, 20208:00 am - 9:00 pm
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