Exploring the Creative Process with Artist Bea Last

A two-day intensive workshop for Upland members to experiment and explore in a supported creative environment.

This opportunity is for Upland professional members only.
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Deadline: 24/06/2022

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This workshop will take place at Gracefield Arts Centre between 10:30am - 4:00pm on Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd July 2022.

This workshop suits artists and makers at any stage of their creative career*. It offers a chance to free up and experiment. To look at process through abstraction, with the option of both two- and three-dimensional explorations. Group chat and discussion will be encouraged as we move through the two days exploring process and what it means to individual creatives or to those that collaborate and why the creative process is so vital to artistic development.

These two days offer the chance to take time out from the commitments of your own creative practice and allows time to be creative in other ways – which you may find informs your own work at a later date- No judgement, No Crits. This is a time for facilitated and supported creativity.

This workshop is free to Upland Members but as there are only 10 spaces available, booking is essential. Book your place here.

Membership is on sliding scale depending on where you are at in your creative development – Free for students, £15 for early career artists and £30 for established artists and makers. Find out more and join here.

(* If you are a young aspiring or emerging artist under 30 years please see Bea’s visual art summer studio course. This is a 2 week intensive course specifically for creatives under 30 years).


Details of the workshop plan are below:



  • Very brief introduction from Bea Last about her creative practice.
  • Introduction to the creative process and what is it - allowing or group discussion, Q&A
  • A look at creative drawing and examples of artists working with drawing it its broadest sense. For example 'Drawing to Perform', the physicality of drawing, collaborations.
  • Demo - ways of working with different mark making tools, both found and readymade.
  • Sketchbooks - why we use them, the way we use them, demo and short experimental sketchbooks briefs to get going.
  • Sharing of sketchbooks - optional. Bea will bring a variety of her own sketchbooks that have been a vital part of her own creative practice over the years but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchbooks along, not only to work in but to share (if happy to do so).



  • Personal Development Time – An opportunity to spend some time exploring ways of creative mark making, your own process, trying ways to be creative that you may never have considered before. Remember this workshop is not about making an end product. It is about time out to play and the ‘doing’ and ‘thinking’ that are process.



  • Creating sculptural forms from everyday objects.
  • Examples and demo. Looking at artists that have worked this way and how one discipline can inform another - open to artist group chat and discussion.
  • Prepping the materials and making a start - we will move straight into this after the brief intro and demo.



  • Continuing with our sculptural forms and/or exploring process through drawing.
  • Last part of the afternoon - brief group chat about the past two days, development, and feedback.