As part of my current course called’ Painting into sculpture’with The Royal drawing school at their west London studio our marvellous tutor Marcus asked ask to create a Giacometti inspired portrait head. He showed us an excellent technique and method that I would like to share with you. First he took profile photos of our… Continue reading How to create a Giacometti inspired sculpture
I can think of no better painting than Hobbema’s the Avenue at Middelharnis (1689 National Gallery London) to start unravelling the mysteries of the vanishing point. The painting is conveniently marked out in a grid board of shapes.Sitting in front of the painting I started with the central triangle that runs through the middle to… Continue reading Straight to the point!
In the current retrospective at Tate Modern of the painter-sculptor Alberto Giacometti it is space that is the overarching theme that drives and shapes the development of his work. Space is at once his muse and nemesis.(This was from a man who was a known acrophobic.) We learn from the excellent video that he… Continue reading Space the final frontier
A few weeks ago I set my Year 5 students a new assignment of firstly introducing them to observational drawing of their trainers and then turning their drawings into trainers for a superhero (any gender). They did well on their drawings but their imaginations really took hold when it came to creating some trainers for… Continue reading Superhero trainers: the final edit
I am currently on a course run by The Royal drawing school entitled Painting into sculpture. The course looks at those artists who have worked both in paint and sculpture and how one has influenced the other. Our wonderful tutor Marcus asked us to consider not shading or tonality but the use of light. We… Continue reading The power of light
In my latest lessons with Year 3 our theme is “How artists have shaped the way we view the world. I started by introducing portraits of royalty including the Rainbow & Ditchley portraits of Elizabeth 1st. The children were very engaged by these portraits and loved trying to decode them. For their drawing challenge they… Continue reading Seeing the world through an artist’s eyes
This has to be one of the most beautiful sculptures in the V & A museum. To be found in the sculpture court of the museum Crouching Youth is by Winifred Turner 1914. The graceful forms of the body are highly stylised and reflect Turner’s interest in ancient sculpture and dance. The flowing lines of… Continue reading Poetry in motion!