‘Les Fauves’ or the wild beasts was the name given as a witticism in the 1905 Salon by the critic Louis Vauxcelles to describe the work of artists including Matisse and Derain. The name was apt in the wild almost violent way they used colour as a reaction against the cool divided colour tones of… Continue reading The Wild beasts!
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?
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
THIS is a portrait done by one of my year four students (eight year olds) carved onto clay and inspired by the Cubist movement. The idea comes from my 3D Art Adventures
I am excited to share with you my latest forthcoming book 3D art adventures to be released this May! With a host of new and exciting great art inspired projects from ancient to modern in a variety of surprising media.
THIS is a project I did with my year 6 class inspired by the work of the IItalian Futurists of the early 20th century. We made a template for an animal and then moved it on to capture the sense of movement. They then chose the colours to emphasise the sense of movement. There are… Continue reading Futurist inspired artwork
THIS was the book that really kicked off the third series and sales in galleries. We took a dozen great art pieces and broke them down in how to try to follow the style at home. They are supposed to be aimed at five to 12 year old but a lot of adults I have… Continue reading Modern Art in Action