This week we caught up with Kate Simms, Tutor at the Life Drawing Group in Emsworth, to find more out about the art group that meets on a weekly basis, and also to discover what inspires her own creativity.
Who are you?
Kate Simms, Tutor of the Life Drawing Group held on a Monday night at EmsworthCommunity Centre.
Which media do artists in the group use?
The artists attending the Life Drawing Group use a multitude of media. Due to being in Emsworth Community Centre, they draw in pastels, charcoal, pencil and ink. Some do monoprints of the poses (one off prints). I am an artist who does not specialise in any media. Primarily I create 2D works in paint/mixed media/collage/photography/print.
Do your artists have a background in art/design?
The Life Drawing Group artists range from complete beginners to formally trained artists. Some are retired and want to develop an interest; others come straight from work; and others are strengthening their existing creative abilities. A few are complimenting their
formal art training they are currently going through.
When did you first start your creative journey?
I have been creative all my life even though I was diverted by some time in the world of business. Currently I am an Artist Educator for Pallant House Gallery and Ambassador for the arts charity, Outside In, www.outsidin.org.uk.
Can you describe your creative process?
My own creative process is eclectic as I get bored easily so I’m always trying to learn new processes or play with new mediums.
As a tutor I am interested in nurturing people’s individual styles in an informal, fun way. There is some formal teaching but mostly the life drawing artists develop at their own rate, at their own speed and in their own style.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
The most enjoyable thing about tutoring the Life Drawing Group is just being surrounded by such a talented, friendly, bunch of artists. At times they are so confident in their abilities that I feel as if I am just the tea lady!
The differing outcomes from a life drawing session are exciting and I learn as much from the artists as I do when tutoring them. I love the inspirational works I see.
Can you describe your studio/workspace?
The Life Drawing Group creates work in Mountford 3 room in Emsworth Community Centre. Unfortunately due to lack of funds I can’t afford a studio and live in a one bedroom flat so my workspace is everywhere!  I’m surrounded by it.
What keeps you going whilst you work – soundtrack? Snacks? A fluffy assistant?
Audio books keep me going. It stops my judgemental intellect from getting in the way. The audio books distract it.
The Life Drawing Group is a very friendly bunch of talented artists who support each other. They discuss materials, paper, and review styles.
What can we expect to see from you on this years’ art trail?
I have absolutely NO idea what the Life Drawing Group are going to surprise me with this year! I’ll only find out on the evening we hang the work. Last year we exhibited a range of delicate pencil portraits, expressive ink life drawings, brilliant pastel images, detailed
photographs, colourful abstracts and expressive paintings – from small to immense size. I’ve some ideas in my head at the moment just waiting to pop out. So watch this space!
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