Still Life with Rose Electra Harris

Using a mixture of drawing materials including inks, oil and chalk pastels, Rose will lead you through a variety of exercises to loosen you up and teach you to use colour and pattern in a new way.

Always inspired by the interior and everyday objects, Rose will create a number of still life sets to draw from throughout the day, inspired by Charleston and her favourite objects of the home, as well as flowers from the beautiful gardens.

Rose will focus on drawing things as you see them, rather than as they are. Rose finds in her own practice that distortion or abstraction of objects can often create a more effective result. Staying well away from the use of pencils and rubbers, Rose will encourage the class to be bold with pattern and colours and drawing with free and loose marks.

Along with her own work, Rose will reference work from the Bloomsbury artists as well as her other favourite artists.

This class is suitable for all levels.

About the tutor:

Rose Electra Harris (b.1991) is a London-based artist working mostly in drawing and printmaking, predominately in etching and screen-printing. She completed her BA Hons in Printmaking at Brighton University in 2015 and now works from her studio in South London.

Rose uses her work to explore the interior, creating dreamlike, surreal and vibrant interpretations of domestic spaces. To her, a room is an oasis and the things within it are what bring it to life. She reimagines the colourful dialogue that exists between space and furnishings, returning to certain imagery – chandeliers, lemon squeezers, chairs or freestanding baths – in her scenes, which make use of a singularly distorted perspective. She uses decorative motifs, exotic hues, intricate patterns and rich textures throughout her work. All of her pieces start life as drawings. Like most artists, Rose learned to draw before she learned to print, and although the majority of her work centres around the craft of printmaking, she feels drawn to ink and pastels.