My Year 6 class were starting a project on Still-life. I rejected the conventional fruit subject as costly and not environmentally friendly and then I remembered Van Gogh’s painting of his boots, a subject which he returned to on several occasions. What could be more personal than a pair of well worn boots. I am… Continue reading These boots are made for walking!
As we are approaching the third week of advent I thought I would share with you my various classes Christmas cards designs. We work with a card company who turn their designs into shop style cards which the parents have a chance to order. Starting with the youngest. The lower school had a set design… Continue reading It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Oceania is the current blockbuster exhibition at the R.A. and visiting it for the second time of viewing I was struck by the fact that the majority of the exhibits shown were never intended for an art gallery but a way to express their stories and their relationship with the land and the animals that… Continue reading Oceania
The way a London museum or gallery chooses to advertise itself tells you a lot about how it wishes to portray itself and the kind of audience it is trying to appeal to. Over the years that has changed but here are just a few examples. Everything is carefully considered from the chosen images to… Continue reading What’s in a name?
Sweaty shoes Rachel Hodgson, the drawing year 2017-18 oil pastel on paper I recently went to Christie’s to see the royal drawing school’s postgraduate exhibition The drawing year 2017-18 There was every conceivable style and type of media used with vibrant colours and monochromes and I was taken on a journey of different moods and… Continue reading The future of art is looking bright
Rachel Ruysch flowers in a glass vase with a tulip 1716 Rachel Ruysch the Dutch seventeenth century flower painter was certainly a woman not to be underestimated as I discovered in the National Gallery’s recent sketch tour. No struggling lowly artist was she. Receiving commissions from Princes and nobility throughout Europe. Towards the end of… Continue reading Never underestimate a woman!
Observational drawing from one of my Year 2 (6-7 Years) young artists The time has come,’ the Walrus said, To talk of many things: Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax — Of cabbages — and kings — The words from this Lewis Carroll poem came into my head when I looked at the… Continue reading ” The time has come,” the walrus said..