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
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
St. Michael triumphs over the devil- Bartolome Bermejo 1468 Room 63 at the National gallery What a startling vision this painting must have appeared to the church goers of the church of San Miguel in the town of Tous near Valencia. For Bermejo has mastered the new Flemish technique of painting with oil. How he… Continue reading Painting of the month
This weekend I was visiting the Haileybury school in Herts who were having an arts festival. Naturally I couldn’t resist looking around the art department which had displays of work from the Lower years up to A Level students. Most impressive, I think it would be fair to say that the future of art is… Continue reading The future of art is in safe hands
PEOPLE are often surprised when I tell them that I have taught art history to children as young as five. Younger or older, my students have always had a fascination for what it means to ‘be an artist’. “What paint pictures all day?” one of them asked me, “in essence yes” I replied. One of the… Continue reading Art in Action…the story so far