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Portraits of actors Stephen Graham and Ricky Tomlinson by artist Gill Cowley

Free art classes for Knowsley children, schools and families

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley children, schools and families are invited to take part in a free art course, giving them the opportunity to learn how to draw and paint portraits.

Practicing Portraits is a 7-week course led by acclaimed portrait artist Gill Cowley that will show you the best tips and techniques to capture a likeness, using basic art materials.

Although aimed primarily at young artists aged 5 to 11, Practicing Portraits can also be enjoyed by those up to 16, or even adult beginners.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“Throughout the pandemic, Kirkby Gallery has continued to develop and provide fantastic online and at home opportunities for our communities to explore and learn through art. Practicing Portraits is a great chance for our younger residents to learn artistic skills from an established artist and I’d urge you all to take part.”

To join in, people need to sign up and then every Wednesday from 14 April to 26 May 2021 they will receive an information pack by email containing reference images and links to films of Gill showing what to do step by step to create the perfect portrait. She will show examples of her work and portraits by other artists, set simple tasks and pose questions, giving you time to pause the film so that you can try it yourself or have a discussion, then pick up where you left off.

The course can be enjoyed at a time suitable for you, the weekly course packs are just emailed on Wednesday mornings for continuity.

There will also be the opportunity for schools to book an Ask the Artist live Zoom session with Gill to ask her questions, show her their work and get feedback.

Find out more and sign up here https://mailchi.mp/7a4b310ab061/practicing-portraits

Gill Cowley has previously taught the Wednesday Art Classes for adults and Little BIG Art Club at Kirkby Gallery, as well as exhibiting her artwork there. Gill was named Knowsley Sports & Culture Awards’ Adult Artist of the Year 2017, and her portraits of local legends have won the top prize in three Knowsley Open exhibitions, the West Lancashire Open and the Sefton Open.