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Student Stories: Annie Michie, Colour Mixing Workshop and Illustration Workshop

Written by Hamish Chohan
Published date 04 November 2019

Before choosing to study at CSM, Annie Michie was looking for short courses to help develop her skills whilst learning something brand new. Finding the wide variety of short courses available Annie selected the Colour Mixing Workshop, and the Illustration Workshop a year later. Annie said of the courses...

“They've really enhanced my existing skills and given me more confidence to try new techniques.”

©Annie Michie

Where are you from and what's your favourite thing about it?

I am from Britain and I love its countryside, its variety, our sense of humour and tangential creative approach. I live in Barcelona, Spain, and I love its beauty, culture, and the people - when they take you into their hearts, it is forever.

What is your occupation?

I teach Art and Design on a US study abroad programme, as well as embroidery on a Masters course in Fashion Design at an Italian Design School.

What short courses did you to study upon at Central Saint Martins (CSM), and what was your journey to the course?

When I was looking into studying a short course I found CSM online. I was initially seeking out a specific colour mixing course and then later one in illustration, opting for the Illustration Workshop.

What did you enjoy most about your short courses?

Throughout both course, I loved the combination of learning intensively in a context of fellow students and excellent teachers.

What is it like studying in London? What has been your favourite discovery and/or experience?

I lived in London for 10 years and really enjoyed being there again as a short stay student. When studying at Granary Square, I was impressed by the restoration of the King's Cross area, especially with the canal and the college being situated right next to the House of Illustration.

How have your short courses benefited your career and/or personal development? What are you going to do next with your new skills?

I've already incorporated the skills learnt into my teaching and personal artworks. They've really enhanced my existing skills and given me more confidence to try new techniques.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking a short course at CSM. Why should they study there?

I've already recommended these courses, especially for the intensive learning opportunities they offer.

What do you believe is integral to the work of an artist/creative, in any discipline? AND can you recommend a piece of art, in any medium, you feel everyone should see?

Always curiosity, care, hard work and technical development. A piece of art everyone should see - there are so many! Maybe start by looking at Picasso's Guernica.

What three words best describe your CSM Short Course experience?

Stimulating, scary and enriching.

©Annie Michie

Both the Colour Mixing Workshop and Illustration Workshop have upcoming dates to book upon, starting in the new year! With courses scheduled for Spring Term, Easter School, Summer Term and Summer School.

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