An Introduction to Illustration, Richmond Art School
This weeks Introduction to Illustration class at Richmond Art School featured oranges, monkey nuts and whole lot of ink! I had a lovely evening of drawing and was so impressed by the beautiful work created by students! Next week will be Photoshop week, where we will be editing the images created on the course so far.
Text as Art, Pallant House Gallery
The use of letters and words in artworks is traditionally associated with authorship but can the printed word itself become a form of artwork? In this Sunday art class adult learners discovered how artists past and present have used text as a medium. Together we explored different typographic techniques including stencils,collage and printmaking and were inspired to create our own text art.
Artwork of the Month, The 1934 Modern Model Gallery, Pallant House Gallery
The 1934 Model Modern Art Gallery, is a dolls house sized collection of paintings and sculptures by artists including Vanessa Bell, Ivon Hitchens and Paul Nash. Imagine you are the curator of your own miniature gallery, which of the works from Pallant House would you include? In this workshop adult learners got the chance create their own tiny paintings and sculptures be exhibited in an model gallery.
View from a Window, Pallant House Gallery
Inspired by William Coldstream’s View from Kitchen Window, we took a look through the windows of Pallant House Gallery in this fun family workshop. After a session of observational drawing in the gallery we created our own stained glass windows.
Museum Makes, Greenwich Heritage Centre
I had a great time leading Museum Makes, a free weekly workshop for families. Inspired by an old, somewhat eccentric looking taxidermy fox from the collection, we crafted these snappy puppets!
Pallant House Gallery
I led another workshop at the wonderful Pallant House Gallery, this time for children. Inspired by the the Futurists love of movement, we created these brilliant colourful clocks with working mechanisms!
Jean Arp, Artwork of the month at Pallant House Gallery
I had a wonderful time leading an intaglio printmaking class for adults at Pallant House Gallery. The workshop was inspired by the artwork of the month, Untitled by Jean Arp. Participants had the chance to crete their own geometric patterns and experiment with compositions.
The Saatchi Gallery
I recently led a fun family workshop at The Saatchi Gallery. Inspired by Raffi Kalenderian’s painting, Spirit Guides and Sunflowers, families created their own camouflage pictures which revealed hidden Christmas creatures when moved.
Ben Uri Gallery
I recently worked with the Ben Uri Gallery to create an arty taster day at the local SHELL (South Hampstead Education and Life-long Learning) centre. This fun session will hopefully lead to a regular after school project focusing on Art, Identity and Migration.
Summer at Nimble Arts
This year I has another delightful summer spent leading crafty workshops at Nimble Arts. Workshops included spooky scenery painting, jellyfish crafts, robot masks and cassette tape door hangers!
The Mascalls Gallery
I had a brilliant time at the Mascalls Gallery leading a family bookmaking workshop. Taking inspiration from the gallery’s beautiful Ko-Ax book illustration exhibition, the kids created gems such as “Bob the Blob Who Wanted a Job” and “Bear Grills- The Bear who Grills”!
Pop Up Monsters!
I led a pop up monster workshop at Nimble Arts with kids aged six to ten. The results were a wonderfully gruesome collection of pop up monsters!
Crackers at the Saatchi Gallery
This week I led a festive family workshop at the Saatchi Gallery. Families got to try out simple printing techniques, create a dolly-peg Santas and write their own puntastic jokes!
Comics Club at The Alligators Mouth
I got the opportunity to host a spooky special Comics Club at the wonderful Alligators Mouth. I chose to look closely at character development. The session began with a large drawing of ‘Dave the Boring Werewolf’ and the group made enthusiastic suggestions as to how Dave could be made to look more monstrous. The resulting picture had Dave (renamed Dracularious) with fangs, hairy face, chainsaw, horrible scars and flip flops! The group went on to create their own gruesome characters using Top Trump cards before creating short Halloween comics,
Experiments with Printmaking at the Saatchi Gallery
As part of my weekend of printmaking at the Saatchi Gallery I led a workshop in which families took a closer look at the work of Diego Mendoza Imbachi one of the artists from the current exhibition Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America. Mendoza Imbachi’s huge graphite pictures examine the industrialisation of the landscapes of his native Colombia. His work inspired a creative day of family printmaking using recycled materials and lots of string.
Happy House Workshop at the Saatchi Gallery
As part of my weekend of printmaking at the Saatchi Gallery I led a workshop in which families took a closer look at the work of Boris Nzebo, one of the artists from the current exhibition Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America. Nzebo’s brightly coloured paintings layer the buildings of his home town Douala with the stylized faces of its inhabitants. In the workshop families created house shaped portraits using collage and printmaking techniques.
Alien Top Trumps
This summer I taught two fun and silly drawing workshops at Nimble Arts. Both involved creating gruesome cartoon characters….
The groups started by looking at picture of Colin the very Boring Alien and together we set about improving him with extra eyes, tentacles, spotty underpants and even laser toenails! The children then created their own characters on Top Trump cards and gave them scores based on gruesome attributes .e.g. Slime Factor, Eyes, Tentacles or Loudness of Burps!
I taught a drawing workshop at Nimble Arts based on the body swap game Misfits.. The result was another inventive and incredibly funny day at Nimble Arts!
This weekend I ran a stained glass window workshops for families at Whitehall Museum. My favourite had to be the Hello Kitty window! Here is my little attempt…
Leading a band t-shirt workshop with the wonderful Nimble Arts half term holiday club! (Photos by Dan Biggins)
The Art Club
Since September I’ve been running an art club for the pupils of The Mall School. So far the club has featured dinosaurs, mini theatres, moustaches, potato printing, comic books, robots and a one fancy burger lady!
The Cuming Cabinet of Curiosities
For the last six months I’ve been assisting with the Cuming Museums weekly family workshops The Cuming Cabinet of Curiosities. Every Saturday weird and wonderful objects inspire crafty activities (such as these Roman mosaics)
Capital Pie and the Dirty Beasts.
I was asked to give an adults only workshop for Capital Pie Collective’s monthly art event. The result was a (rather naughty) Dirty Beast Competition!
World Book Day at Nomad Books
A monster drawing workshop taking inspiration (and body parts) from literary characters.
The Little Draw
Last year I was given the opportunity to be Artist Educator for The Wallace Collection preparing and teaching drop-in workshops as part of ‘The Little Draw’ project. With access to the Collection’s beautiful gallery spaces and armouries, I encouraged families to take their inspiration from the famous works around them and engage with the gallery space in new ways.