daffodil · Fishing in the Spring Van Gogh · Mothering sunday · Spring · Uncategorized

The heralds of Spring!

I very much welcome Mothering Sunday as with its arrival signs of spring are evident everywhere and let’s face it those signs have never been more welcome after the glacial blasts of last February. There is indeed nothing like the Northern European spring and it has been much celebrated in all the arts but here… Continue reading The heralds of Spring!

ceramics · puzzle jug · Uncategorized

” Come drink your fill but do not the spill!”

Yesterday when I went to The Courtauld gallery amidst the Cezanne’s Renoir’s and Rubens I found this temporary display of this rather beautiful jug known as a puzzle jug. The puzzle is of course how does one get a drink when the jug is decorated with cut-out decorations. These types of jugs were first produced… Continue reading ” Come drink your fill but do not the spill!”

Love · Uncategorized

The Look of Love!

Since we are in the month of ‘love’ I thought I would share with you some of my favourite paintings featuring love. You will see from the selection that this covers all manner of interpretations. Botticelli’s Venus and Mars 1485 The theme of this painting is supposed to be Love conquers all; with Mars the… Continue reading The Look of Love!

Art · children's art · collage · Uncategorized

Fabulous Fruits!

My reception classes have been exploring collage in all its variants and varieties and this particular project using mixed media of tissue, pastel and paint has been particularly successful. The scrunching of the tissue, and the application of pastel and paint all help develop young children’s fine motor skills. In addition the project helps them… Continue reading Fabulous Fruits!

ceramics · Tea pot · Uncategorized

Tea for Two!

Being a tea rather than a coffee drinker the teapot has always held a particular appeal and with it of course that great British tradition ‘tea time’. My parents once had neighbours who owned the world’s biggest teapot collection with some two thousand plus teapots; to which I contributed two 1950’s examples which I found… Continue reading Tea for Two!

Uncategorized · Victorian painting

Painting of the month

Tell me a story! Victorian paintings may not be your ‘thing’ but you cannot deny that the Victorians knew how to tell a good story. They recognised the power of a narrative from the stories of Walter Scott to the poems of Tennyson. Amongst the Victorian artists it is possibly William Powell Frith who was… Continue reading Painting of the month

Art · children's art · snow · Uncategorized

Snowman on a plate!

This is a project that is perfect for this time of the year and is always very popular with the early years and Key stage one. The level of adult support needed will depend very much on the age of the child/children and their cutting skills. You will need A paper plate cotton wool, enough… Continue reading Snowman on a plate!