Have you ever thought that…
you don’t have any ideas to develop work from?
you find it difficult to know where or how to begin to find and develop your own style?
you want to expand your own personal language in mark making and expression?
you want to go beyond being inspired by other artists but think everything has been done before?
you want to develop your own unique style and create art that you are deeply connected with?
you have the skills to create art, but it no longer excites you?
Then Unearth, Gather, Create is for you.
Many people dream of going to art college or attending art classes but it is not always possible. We might lead busy lives, or not have a class near us, or find the idea of creating in a group of people intimidating, or we might must prefer to work around the time we have in our own space.
You might have the skills to create art but struggle with ideas and what to paint – you know you could be deeply inspired but there are just so many options out there! I know that feeling and I have worked hard in my own practice to give priority to the ideas and let the techniques suit the story I am trying to tell.
There is so much to learn, so much to experience and so much to say as a creative individual – and we can all do it! We just need to open our hearts, dig deep and embrace the challenge.
Unearth, Gather, Create is about finding a story through you art. The entire course is developed to enable you to make choices –choices about materials, style, aesthetic, themes, subject matter and how we create art overall. It is about digging deep and creating art that is meaningful to us.
I don’t want you to paint or draw like me – I want you to draw and paint like You!
Drawing and painting video demonstrations will expand your range of mark making skill and understanding of line, tone, colour, composition, anatomy and portraiture.
Exercises focus on ‘loosening up’ and being braver in the way you draw and paint.
Drawing and painting exercises will help you bring depth and atmosphere to your work.
Exciting and unexpected exercises will encourage your curiosity and desire to think outside the box in terms of your own artistic ability.
Prompts, ideas and inspirations will enable you to discover your own unique story, which will in turn give you a wealth of ideas for creating narrative art.
Through a wealth of suggestions, you will feel encouraged to make art a daily practice.
You will gain insight into my own practice of unearthing the things I love, gathering the things that inspire me and creating art with emotion and atmosphere.
I would love to work alongside you, helping you to discover how to create art that represents your own unique character, personal narrative and imaginations. In this course, I teach a wealth of art techniques that will enable you to draw and paint in your own unique style and create a personal language through creating art.
In creating art that expresses our own particular nature, it is just as important to think about ‘what’ to paint as it is to learn ‘how’ to paint. If we unearth what is inside, gather what we know and use our own unique imaginations, we can bring a richness and a depth to our work that goes beyond a simple image. Our art becomes something more, it has resonance with our own spirit and connects us with others.
I believe that we each have our own unique story to tell.
Self Study Registration
Unearth, Gather, Create is now available exclusively as a self study course! You can register now and receive almost instant access to all of the course content. Work your way through the course at your own pace. The self study course is also available as part of a bundle package together with Gillian’s other courses.
Investment for the Self Study Course: £95
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What Students are Saying
“I can’t say enough about this course. I think it was the most fulfilling course I’ve ever taken.“
“I have LOVED the class and will enjoy continuing my study as I slowly work my way through. You are not only a gifted artist, but a generous and kind person. I thank you for your giving spirit which shone through each and every video. I hope to someday take a class from you in person!”
“I would recommend your course without reservation and wish you every success in the future.”
“I have been taking classes for the last year or so pretty regularly. Gillian’s class is totally different. I feel like I am in art school! The first week was more info then a lot of month long classes. Gillian comments on every piece shown on the page and is there daily encouraging and prompting us. I would recommend it to everyone.”
“I have adored Gillian Cox’s work for several years now. When I found out she was teaching an online workshop, there was no hesitation. I signed up. Now I have taken many classes and not always, but sometimes my expectations are much higher than what the class actually is. Not so with Gillian. I just wanted to watch her work because her work is so deep and thought provoking and unbelievably beautiful. She is an excellent teacher. She is talking as she is creating and able to really explain what she is doing in such exquisite detail.”
“Gillian is an amazing artist and an equally amazing teacher. What a comprehensive, professional, creative, responsive, beautiful presentation with superb videos and art instruction, gorgeous images and written materials to enhance learning, and creative inspiration to enable students to unearth their own inner vision for their art. Every day I come to the online classroom with so much renewed passion for art. And proof that the best teachers are also always learning themselves, Gillian frequently asks if we have any feedback for her as an instructor. The environment she has created is supportive and welcoming of everyone at every stage in their own creative exploration. This is so much more than an online art course. It is art school with a group of friends that includes the brilliant, generous instructor.”
“She teaches the foundation of drawing the portrait which is so important to all levels, for beginners to learn and for more experienced artist to revisit. She then demonstrates expressively her creations which gives the students the ability to take from foundational work into a more expressive and personal direction. Absolutely the best class I have ever taken.”
Just a word of reassurance regarding purchasing art materials. Whilst it is lovely to have ‘everything’, beautiful art can in fact be created with just a pencil and paper. The Material List for this course is just a suggestion. You may have paint media that you prefer over acrylics – say gouache, watercolour or oils. The primary purpose of this class is to generate IDEAS and a story through your work. So if you already have materials (even ones not on the list) then go with those. Watch the videos when the course begins and see what really appeals to you before purchasing materials that you may never need. Remember you have access to the class forever (as long as I can maintain the site), so things can be bought as you go along.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is course content delivered?
The course content is made available to you on a password-protected website via videos, reading and written assignments to encourage you to practice your own creativity. For live courses, you receive access to the content slowly over a series of weeks. For self-study courses, you receive access to all course content to work through at your own pace. For short courses, you receive the course content via downloadable PDFs and videos.
Upon purchasing the course, you will be sent a confirmation via email. You will then be sent the link to the classroom site and password. If you have registered for the course and have not heard anything within 24 hours, please check your spam and junk email folders. If you still have not received confirmation, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long will I have access to course content?
Upon purchase, you will have lifetime access to all content (as long as the site can be maintained). Videos are downloadable to enable offline access and long-term study. To download a video, simply click on the URL link to open the video in a separate window directly on the Vimeo site. Below the video and to the right, you will see the download button. Simply click on the download button and select the location on your computer where you would like to save the video to commence the download.
Can I download the course videos and how do I download them?
Course videos are downloadable to enable offline access and long-term study. To download a video, simply click on the URL link to open the video in a separate window directly on the Vimeo site. Below the video and to the right, you will see the download button. Simply click on the download button and select the location on your computer where you would like to save the video to commence the download.
What do I require to access and participate in the course?
You will need a PC, laptop or tablet and a high-speed internet connection. The videos are filmed in high definition (HD), although you can choose to switch this off and view them at a lower resolution. You may be able to use a mobile or tablet to view some of the course content but the course is rich in visuals and there is a fair amount of reading, so mobile devices may find it difficult to load all of the content. I cannot advise on particular technical resources you may have, so please be sure that you are able to access the type of equipment needed. Generally if you can watch YouTube videos or Vimeo videos and your computer or device loads content quickly and efficiently, then you should not have a problem.
Do I need to be online or access the course at particular times?
No! The beauty of the internet and the ecourse format is that no matter where you are in the world, you can follow along at your own pace, accessing the course content from anywhere at any time.
How do I connect with you as a tutor and the other students?
You will have the opportunity to access a private Facebook community page where you can connect with other students. If you register for a live course, I will be available to critique work and offer (gentle) constructive feedback for the duration of the course.
You may also connect with other students of each course by using a certain # and posting your images on Instagram. Specific information is included in the FAQ for each individual course.
Can I share/sell the artwork I make while taking your courses?
Of course you can! If you share your images, I would appreciate it if you could mention the course for those who might be interested in finding out more about it.
Can I share content, lessons, videos or images from the course site?
The short answer is no. I respectfully ask you not to share any content (videos, images or text) from this course to any site, website, Pinterest or in any of your own workshops. I put a huge amount of time and effort into each and every aspect of my teaching to keep it original and true to the work I do. Of course, you can always direct interested people to my art school site and my individual course offerings.
Should you require further clarification or have additional questions, please contact me using the form at the bottom of this page.
This all sounds great! Where do I sign up?
Hooray! I’m so excited to have you participate! Use the button below to be taken the page outlining which courses are currently available for registration.