Art · children's art · colour · composition · Hundertwasser · Uncategorized

It’s child’s play!

With his colourful paintings of fantastical building it’s not hard to see why the paintings of Austrian born New Zealand artist & architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser are instantly appealing to children. Indeed when ever I have explored his work with my young students they are drawn to the shapes, patterns, colours of his work and are… Continue reading It’s child’s play!

Art · children's art · composition · drawing · Matisse · Uncategorized

It’s all in the mind!

I know from my own art practise and in particular my recent sculpture course I attended how much the mind plays in convincing oneself that you are capable of the challenge set. I can liken it to going through a dark tunnel and finally you emerge into the light.  To instil confidence and a self… Continue reading It’s all in the mind!

Art · children's art · drawing · Matisse · Tips · Uncategorized

You would be better off drawing with your eyes closed

The tittle refers to a challenge that I set for children as a way for them to relax and remove any feelings of fear they may have when embarking on a new art project. This challenge works for children and adults alike. This challenge is part of a larger project which I will post about… Continue reading You would be better off drawing with your eyes closed

Art · draughtsmanship · drawing · Paula Rego · Sculpture · Uncategorized

If you are sitting comfortably then I’ll begin….

Every piece should of art should tell a story, how you create that narrative is as much part of the piece of art as the finished piece. For the final piece of ‘my’ course Painting into sculpture, we were asked to study and take our inspiration from the artist Paula Rego. As well as her… Continue reading If you are sitting comfortably then I’ll begin….

Art · Giacometti · Portraits · Sculpture · Uncategorized

How to create a Giacometti inspired sculpture

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