Rubens Le chapeau de Paille :portrait of Susanna Lunden 1622-5 May be not an obvious choice for an august month with not a beach or sail boat in sight but for me this portrait of possibly Rubens sister-in-law Susanna Lunden is painted with such a fresh directness that puts me in mind of the sunny… Continue reading Painting of the month
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
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….
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
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