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Art Workshop by Blandine Bardeau

Posted on December 22, 2017

The Curious Duke Gallery speaks to the talented Blandine Bardeau, she gives us a insight into her wonderful Workshops. 


We wanted to know where inspiration of starting her workshops came from?

I taught a few workshops when I was studying on my Painting MA at The Glasgow School of Art a few years ago and got the teaching bug then…

I really love to pass on what I have learnt over the years. and I also find that I learn a lot from my students and find teaching very inspiring, I always leave feeling I want to make new pieces! I love watching people who came in fearful or curious, not knowing what to expect, being surprised at the artworks they produced.




We gained insight into the workshop, what is it all about?

The workshop is really an exploration of the process of making art, it is about the joy and the sound of tracing a line on a piece of paper, rather than getting a “good” result and being focused on the end product. I want people to feel free and to dip into a more “childlike" part of themselves, which as adults we have put to the side or forgotten about. I believe everyone can and should make art. I take my students through a sequence of simple yet powerful exercise aimed at creating abstract art without even realising that they are, helping them to loosen-up and be free on the page. I can’t say too much as I want it to be a surprise for students!



Wondering if the workshop is suitable for you?


These workshops are for anyone wanting to try something new, to explore abstraction, colour and form in a supportive environment. No need for any previous experience, just a willingness to be surprised. It can also work for more experienced student’s, I have even had art teachers attending!


Join blandine at the next workshop.


Wednesday 24th January 2018, 7-9.30pm

Curious Duke Gallery, 173 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JT

£45 including materials



Come and join me for an evening of abstract art making in the  beautiful space of Curious Duke Gallery. We will explore free drawing using simple yet powerful exercises aimed at loosening-up into a playful, more childlike state of creativity.
Most of us as adults are terrified of making a mistake, doing the «wrong thing», and as a consequence we have stopped making art at all. This workshop aims to open-up a new page, to go beyond the fear and pressure of producing a «good result», to see that we can all make art and that it is an enjoyable, powerful practice. Students will be encouraged to experiment, play and try out new things and to start developing their own artistic language. No previous experience required, just a willingness to explore and be surprised.

Christmas Gift Vouchers: If you would like to give a space on this course to a friend or a family member, I will send you a hand-drawn voucher to give them as a present. It can be a wonderful gift of an experience for someone.

In this workshop you will:

-Learn exercises you can easily use to start abstract artworks

-Learn to enjoy the process rather than focusing on the end result

-Produce some exciting and surprising artworks

-Discover how inspiring art making with others can be

If you have any questions, email me: [email protected]


"I had identified a need to devote some time to concentrating on my artistic practice. The course proved to be exactly what I wanted and needed. I spent time supported by a group of like-minded yet creatively diverse people in an atmosphere of calm, and with activities led by someone with whom I immediately felt a connection and whose philosophy and approach to the subject gained my immediate respect." - Susie

“A time to experiment with how it feels to draw, rather than what comes out as the end product. I didn’t really care what my pictures looked like. It was really relaxing and freeing to do the exercises. It felt quite meditative. I think it was a good lesson to stop thinking about replicating what you see and then judging it, but just let stuff come out.” - Rosie