Art · children's art · still life · Uncategorized

These boots are made for walking!

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!

Art · children's art · Christmas · collage · composition · snow · Uncategorized

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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!

Art · Uncategorized

The future of art is looking bright

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

Art · Flower painting · Uncategorized

Never underestimate a woman!

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!

children's art · drawing · shading and tone · sketching · Uncategorized

” The time has come,” the walrus said..

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..