August was a big month for us here at Illuminate. After months of planning and location scouting we ran our first residential course, a weekend at Willersley Castle, on the banks of the Derwent in Cromford, Derbyshire. As well as taking a group of photographers we also took a group of artists and welcomed art tutor Sue Chatterton to the team. Sue brings a wealth of artistic knowledge and an infectious enthusiasm for her art.
The great thing about taking both the photographers and the artists away together is the lessons that can be learned by talking to each other. There are many areas where art and photography cross over. We also ran some crossover sessions where we talked about how to take better photographs to print or paint from, and how to use notan sketches to plan your photographs and paintings.
Of course, when we go away for a weekend in the Derbyshire Dales the last thing we want to do is spend all day in the classroom. The majority of our time was spent out and about photographing, sketching and painting on location.
If you like the look of a photographic weekend taking in the natural landscape and industrial heritage of the Derbyshire Dales when we’ll be returning in September 2016. Drop us an email if you’d like to book!