"I had never taken a formal art class before, but over my 20 years doing in informal education with adults I've incorporated lots of creative techniques to challenge people's assumptions and self-limiting beliefs and inspire personal growth and social change. I chose Perienne's course from all the other listings at the Kensington Palace The Royal Drawing School, because her tutor bio reported that she had previously worked at the community arts centre in my neighbourhood and the topic of 'life-drawing a story' attracted me. I hoped to personally grow and learn something about drawing. And I did. Perienne is an intuitive and discerning teacher. She identifies a strength or style to a student's work and invites them on a journey of self-education and further discovery by suggesting artists, styles or periods to learn more about. She is accessible, knowledgeable and generously shares what she knows. And her own art work resonates with me. " - D.D www.communi-standing.org
'I loved the art classes, they were fun and imaginative and I felt like I really progressed each week.' Anna, Student
'Perienne is a delightful teacher. Her suggestions were playful, encouraging and inspiring. She taught me to trust what I see.' - Oliver Parker, Director.
What a pivotal way to experience drawing and all the new ways of thinking you're turned on to. I signed up just to do something different, but I have a new passion for drawing now with genuine accomplishments. Something totally unexpected. - Eli, Writer.
Perienne was able to make me aware of areas to improve, whilst making me feel good about my work and encouraging me to continue improving. - Ana Pombo, Creative Consultant.
'I thought this was a very nice room not too big, not to small, but just right. It had big windows on two sides and a large table at one end. Perienne served tea from amazing twenties china during the break. I was surprised to find Perienne is very willing to talk about the process and the interplay between imagination and observation and skilled at getting people to look at each others work in an interested non judgemental way - this kind of approach is not that common in the Life Groups I have tried and I liked this one very much. Long may it flourish.' - Ernest Barton, Talbot life drawing class.
Perienne manages to combine technique with imagination. She teaches our children new skills, expanding their knowledge, but in a fun and sensitive way. The kids really look forward to their classes with Perienne and are always proud to show off their work afterwards. - Shebah, Parent: Private Tuition
Testimonial of bookbinding course: by Peter: Artist.
Perienne's bookbinding course took place over a weekend at The Talbot pub in Brockley, London SE4. The space was large and bright with an excellent vibe. Each of the eight or so attendees was provided with their own personal box of bookbinding tools which was a welcome and thoughtful idea as on many courses students must compete for limited communal tools. There was a similarly abundant supply of materials: paper, card, newsprint, thread etc.
Perienne taught us to make seven books, beginning with folded paper and ending up with a stitched and glued hardback. The course included the creation of printing blocks, making block-printed covers and experimenting with marbled end-papers. We also had the opportunity to examine different examples of existing binding including some of Perienne's own bound pieces.
Perienne is a knowledgable, talented and patient tutor. She is seemingly tireless in her enthusiasm and extremely positive. It was apparent that a huge amount of preparation had gone into the course. A well-designed hand drawn handout reprising the techniques we had learned was left with each student. Everyone on the course was supportive and friendly and there was a tangible sense of creative achievement. In addition I should mention the unexpectedly generous amounts of tea and cake available throughout. Very civilised. This course is extraordinarily good value and is unconditionally recommended.
Write up by Sarah on the Brockley Central Blog 28/6/13 Every Wednesday the upstairs dining room at the Talbot transforms into The Other Art Club: a new life drawing class, taught by local artist Perienne Christian. Lured by the promise of free cava, I turned up for the launch night and had so much fun that I returned the following week. Beginning with a series of short poses, the first half of the class is a warm up, designed to engage the parts of the brain that office jobs don't reach. Perienne suggests exercises and circulates unobtrusively, leaving you to do your own thing if you prefer. Half-time refreshments come in the form of home-baked biscuits and a nice cup of tea (or something stronger from the bar downstairs).
These are billed as life drawing classes with narrative - this really kicks in with the second half of the class. Last week's model took on a despairing pose based on a Titian masterpiece. As an absolute beginner, I was concentrating on giving her the right number of limbs, but I can see how the props would add an element of challenge for people with a bit more talent or experience. Perienne's on hand throughout and at the end of the session there's a chance to compare your efforts in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.