The Peak District inspires confidence in drawing

Mature student Suzanne Smith, who studies BA Glass and Ceramics, benefitted from the Brian and Mary Archer Scholarship to help attend a course to develop her drawing skills.

Suzanne started her degree later in life and with no art-based background, she felt she was struggling to show her designs to their full potential.

She said: “With the support from the Archer Scholarship, I have been able to attend the three day ‘Develop your Drawing’ course at Bullclough School of Art, based in the Peak District. The scholarship provided the funds for the course and the accommodation”.  

She continued: “This course has enabled me to learn the fundamentals of art design and therefore be able to visually express my ideas and intentions on paper before translating these into glass and ceramic pieces.”

Suzanne wanted to document her work on social media for all to see and hopefully inspire others.

“At the start of my degree, I set up an Instagram account, so I could record my journey and the work I was creating. Throughout my time on the course, I have posted on Instagram, as not only a way to reflect on the course, but for potential inspiration to my peers and those that want to learn to draw, but feel they lack the basics to start,” she said.

Some final words from Suzanne: “Both the course and the experience of being surrounded by the beauty of the countryside has definitely inspired me, but combined with what I have learnt, I have a newfound confidence in my abilities and a budding interest in continuing to draw and experiment with different mediums”.

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