January and February's Workshops

I’ve been lucky enough to facilitate some lovely children’s workshops over the last few Saturdays. For these sessions we start with a children’s book followed by a craft project.

Discover Children’s Centre

I’ve been working with Discover Children’s Centre and Rosetta Art Centre to deliver a series of craft workshops inspired from children’s stories for children with disabilities and their carers. Below is a peek at some of the sessions thus far:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Play Doh caterpillars

Play Doh caterpillars

Play Doh adorned butterflies       Elmer The Patchwork Elephant  by David Mc Kee

Play Doh adorned butterflies

Elmer The Patchwork Elephant by David Mc Kee

Elmer inspired pearl sculpture

Elmer inspired pearl sculpture

Exploring different colours and textures on our Elmer grids.

Exploring different colours and textures on our Elmer grids.

Elmer inspired patchwork tote bags.    Story Readers craft sessions (for 3-11 year olds) at Custom House Library through charity  Ingeenium

Elmer inspired patchwork tote bags.

Story Readers craft sessions (for 3-11 year olds) at Custom House Library through charity Ingeenium

Paper plate parrots and worksheets adorned with glitter and found objects (pirate theme).

Paper plate parrots and worksheets adorned with glitter and found objects (pirate theme).

Collage parrot
Collage pirate ships
Fingerprint art: transport and vehicles.

Fingerprint art: transport and vehicles.

A review of 2018

2018 has been a busy year and full of creativity and excitement.

I’d first of all like to start by thanking all of the wonderful companies, charities and organisations whom I’ve had the pleasure of working. Working with and for you all fills me with inspiration and keeps me thinking and creating!

March/April 2018 saw me take the first permanent job which I’ve had in years as the Room 13 Artist in Residence at Old Ford Primary School. Admittedly I wasn’t looking for anything permanent when it came up, but I just fell in love with the school, the job role suited me down to the ground and the security of a permanent job as opposed to permeant freelance has taken a huge pressure off.

I work weekday afternoons in the studio and my job entails devising and planning art projects for students in KS1 and KS2, implementing art projects and fundraisers with businesses. Since starting my role I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside construction company Galliard Homes. Myself and 200 children have designed and created an artwork which depicts the history of East London as an illustrated timeline and will soon be printed onto a large-scale hoarding around Galliard’s new development site in Canary Wharf.

I worked with 38 children attending  Old Ford Primary School  to create a sculpture made from recycled materials which was entered into the  Big Build 2018  through  Galliard Homes . I’m delighted to announce that our Buckingham Palace sculpture was one of the five, first prize winners out of the 40 schools who entered the contest.

I worked with 38 children attending Old Ford Primary School to create a sculpture made from recycled materials which was entered into the Big Build 2018 through Galliard Homes. I’m delighted to announce that our Buckingham Palace sculpture was one of the five, first prize winners out of the 40 schools who entered the contest.

I worked with wonderful charity  Stitches in Time  to facilitate a series of workshops with visitors to the  Bromley By Bow Centre  and residents of neighbouring Watts Grove. Participants of all ages painted a giant tree onto fabric and each adorned a leaf using various printmaking methods and hand embroidery showing a metaphor for what ‘home’ meant to them…Resulting in a large banner representative of a family tree.

I worked with wonderful charity Stitches in Time to facilitate a series of workshops with visitors to the Bromley By Bow Centre and residents of neighbouring Watts Grove. Participants of all ages painted a giant tree onto fabric and each adorned a leaf using various printmaking methods and hand embroidery showing a metaphor for what ‘home’ meant to them…Resulting in a large banner representative of a family tree.

I carried out many mixed media and printmaking workshops with the fantastic  Rosetta Art Centre  (I’ve worked with Rosetta for many years and they do truly wonderful work, making art available to the local community and accessible to people who might not otherwise have access to it).

I carried out many mixed media and printmaking workshops with the fantastic Rosetta Art Centre (I’ve worked with Rosetta for many years and they do truly wonderful work, making art available to the local community and accessible to people who might not otherwise have access to it).

Screen printed tote bags
I also carried out a series of portraiture workshops with Rosetta Primary school (through Rosetta Art Centre) and created a series of murals from the children’s work.

I also carried out a series of portraiture workshops with Rosetta Primary school (through Rosetta Art Centre) and created a series of murals from the children’s work.

I’ve carried out a number of family workshops in Tower Hamlets based parks and public spaces through charity  Splash Arts   I always look forward to these workshops and have a great deal of fun prepping pretty little masks and decorations for the little visitors to paint.

I’ve carried out a number of family workshops in Tower Hamlets based parks and public spaces through charity Splash Arts I always look forward to these workshops and have a great deal of fun prepping pretty little masks and decorations for the little visitors to paint.

I’ve been facilitating lots of mixed-media workshops in Newham based libraries for charity  Ingeenium  (they also do lots of fantastic work in the community).

I’ve been facilitating lots of mixed-media workshops in Newham based libraries for charity Ingeenium (they also do lots of fantastic work in the community).

I was lucky enough to facilitate to work for  The Lost Lectures , facilitating experimental life drawing workshops in which participants would create illustrations of the model using household utensils (forks, sponges and sticks dipped in indian ink).  My idea for the process came from my visual research sessions from my degree and MA (visual experimentation is such an important part of the design process and the best way to overcome a creative block).   I was hugely inspired from the work created by participants and stayed for the duration of the lectures each week which were extremely informative and engaging.

I was lucky enough to facilitate to work for The Lost Lectures, facilitating experimental life drawing workshops in which participants would create illustrations of the model using household utensils (forks, sponges and sticks dipped in indian ink). My idea for the process came from my visual research sessions from my degree and MA (visual experimentation is such an important part of the design process and the best way to overcome a creative block).

I was hugely inspired from the work created by participants and stayed for the duration of the lectures each week which were extremely informative and engaging.

Lost Lectures, experimental life drawing
Created a new range of illustrated, vintage inspired Christmas cards for 2018, which went down a storm (I poured so much love into these).

Created a new range of illustrated, vintage inspired Christmas cards for 2018, which went down a storm (I poured so much love into these).

Illustrated Christmas card
Illustrated tote bag
Illustrated Christmas card
Illustrated Christmas card
Had a range of environmentally friendly marine-life tote bags made up and am currently selling (obviously I’ve stopped using the plastic bags now).

Had a range of environmentally friendly marine-life tote bags made up and am currently selling (obviously I’ve stopped using the plastic bags now).

Held solo exhibitions of my work in my two favourite art spaces::  Husk  and  Poplar Union

Held solo exhibitions of my work in my two favourite art spaces:: Husk and Poplar Union

I subsequently also live in East London so it’s been a privilege to carry out so much work locally and feel and given me a wonderful sense of community.

I subsequently also live in East London so it’s been a privilege to carry out so much work locally and feel and given me a wonderful sense of community.

Summer Workshops

So the six week summer holiday period was busier than I first envisaged: a fair few drawing days, a holiday in Bruges, a mini-break in Bristol and facilitating lots of fun workshops in East London.

Here are a few of the workshop highlights:

Mosaic Ingeenium
A series of Beano decoupage frames and mosaic tile workshops in Canning Town and Custom House  libraries  through the wonderful charity  Ingeenium .  These classes were such a delight to facilitate, children of all ages would come with their parents and work as a team to create their mosaic tiles and frames (lovely watching the interaction and quality time spent between the little ones and their parents).

A series of Beano decoupage frames and mosaic tile workshops in Canning Town and Custom House libraries through the wonderful charity Ingeenium.

These classes were such a delight to facilitate, children of all ages would come with their parents and work as a team to create their mosaic tiles and frames (lovely watching the interaction and quality time spent between the little ones and their parents).

Screen Printing with Veronica Rowlands
Printmaking with Veronica Rowlands
Screen Printing with Veronica Rowlands
I devised and facilitated a series of three workshops inspired from the  Wharfside Tunnel  Installation created by  Helena Rhoden  with focus on the fauna and flora of local  Bow Ecology Park  and abstract shapes from architecture of new builds in Canning Town.  These workshops were also subsequently held in Canning Town Library, through  Rosetta Art Centre . Participants were introduced to processes including: collage, block-printing and screen-printing.   The classes also brought in a broad age range of children (aged 3 to 17), who worked with their parents to create their pieces and realise ideas. With the screen-printing workshops all of the adults came in saying that they weren’t going to participate…However half way in they all got immersed in helping their children and decided to make their own artworks! I love how engaging art can be to all ages and ability levels, I love my subject so very much!

I devised and facilitated a series of three workshops inspired from the Wharfside Tunnel Installation created by Helena Rhoden with focus on the fauna and flora of local Bow Ecology Park and abstract shapes from architecture of new builds in Canning Town.

These workshops were also subsequently held in Canning Town Library, through Rosetta Art Centre. Participants were introduced to processes including: collage, block-printing and screen-printing.

The classes also brought in a broad age range of children (aged 3 to 17), who worked with their parents to create their pieces and realise ideas. With the screen-printing workshops all of the adults came in saying that they weren’t going to participate…However half way in they all got immersed in helping their children and decided to make their own artworks! I love how engaging art can be to all ages and ability levels, I love my subject so very much!

I was also lucky enough to carry out a two-hour workshop at  Rosetta Art Centre  to some lovely young adults who are just preparing to leave the care system.  The theme for the workshop was the environment (with focus on saving the oceans) and the impact which designers can make on consumers through campaigns and compelling design.  The young people worked in groups of two or three to design their own logo/caption relating to our environmental theme.   I was really impressed with this little pocket patch featuring sea-life in the top of a tin-can (reminiscent of sardines in a tin).

I was also lucky enough to carry out a two-hour workshop at Rosetta Art Centre to some lovely young adults who are just preparing to leave the care system.

The theme for the workshop was the environment (with focus on saving the oceans) and the impact which designers can make on consumers through campaigns and compelling design.

The young people worked in groups of two or three to design their own logo/caption relating to our environmental theme.

I was really impressed with this little pocket patch featuring sea-life in the top of a tin-can (reminiscent of sardines in a tin).

Veronica Rowlands Art workshops for children
I carried out a number of drop-in workshops for local charity  SPLASH Arts . One of our themes was ‘Design your dream home in Poplar’ for which our young participants decorated our ready-made three-dimensional house models (inside and outside), showing how they would envisage their ideal home to look and then created maps illustrating what facilities they would most like to see in their area.

I carried out a number of drop-in workshops for local charity SPLASH Arts. One of our themes was ‘Design your dream home in Poplar’ for which our young participants decorated our ready-made three-dimensional house models (inside and outside), showing how they would envisage their ideal home to look and then created maps illustrating what facilities they would most like to see in their area.

I also worked with some other lovely SPLASH Art facilitators, running weekly workshops in  King Edward’s Memorial Park  and a one-off in  Crossrail Place  Roofgarden.  I loved doing these butterflies with the little ones!

I also worked with some other lovely SPLASH Art facilitators, running weekly workshops in King Edward’s Memorial Park and a one-off in Crossrail Place Roofgarden.

I loved doing these butterflies with the little ones!

I carried out a one-day stencil, T-Shirt printing workshop with  Nimble Arts     So it was a fun, busy, super fulfilling summer!

I carried out a one-day stencil, T-Shirt printing workshop with Nimble Arts

So it was a fun, busy, super fulfilling summer!