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!
It has always fascinated me how in the period of the late 19th century to the early 20th century that artists were exploring the link between art and music. It began with the artist Whistler giving his paintings musical titles. Symphony in white No: 2 Gradually colour and all references to the figurative were reduced… Continue reading Can you hear the colour?
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!
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
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
The story so far… You may remember in a recent blog posting….Lead by example where I spoke about the need to always produce an example when working with young students. This image comes of course from Paul Klee’s Cat & Bird which I was introducing to my Year 2 students, that’s 6 rising 7 years… Continue reading The Cat’s whiskers.