Experimental Life Drawing workshops for 'The Lost Lectures'

It’s been a wonderful month so far, facilitating experimental life drawing for The Lost Lectures Electrograph event (throughout October).

Experimental drawing has been my absolute favourite thing to do at art school (from foundation through to MA level) starting a project by drawing with a host of inanimate objects (in this case sponges, lollypop sticks and forks dipped in Indian ink to create unexpected results...and it always gets me through the initial creative block.

But I’m truly so impressed with the work of the participants as each piece has so much charm...I’m inspired!

I’ve been facilitating the classes during the hour long interval between talks, but every night have ended up staying for the duration of the evening to walk the talks, they’re so informative, engaging and address current issues extremely well…Check them out here.

I was pretty chuffed at managing to get my partner (who doesn’t ‘do art’) along to two sessions and got him drawing for the first time in years! He sat drawing for the whole one hour period on each occasion and even wants to do more now…Result!

I was pretty chuffed at managing to get my partner (who doesn’t ‘do art’) along to two sessions and got him drawing for the first time in years! He sat drawing for the whole one hour period on each occasion and even wants to do more now…Result!

Experimental life drawing 1
Experimental life drawing
Experimental life drawing
Experimental life drawing
Experimental life drawing
Experimental life drawing
The below drawings were created on degree (back in 2008/9) and were revisited at later dates to create a series of prints. They had been inspired from studies of vintage dolls from the  V&A Museum of Childhood  and The House of  Viktor & Rolf  (exhibition at the Barbican Centre) and drawn using doll’s limbs and hair dipped into indian ink.

The below drawings were created on degree (back in 2008/9) and were revisited at later dates to create a series of prints. They had been inspired from studies of vintage dolls from the V&A Museum of Childhood and The House of Viktor & Rolf (exhibition at the Barbican Centre) and drawn using doll’s limbs and hair dipped into indian ink.

Ink drawing
Experimental ink drawing

This week's teaching...

I’ve been bursting to post these gorgeous, colour animal paintings by my KS2 lunch club children.

I have children come and sign up their names to create art on their lunch break, which is so sweet (they love art and the group is hugely oversubscribed). Anyway this week we’ve been talking about environmental issues, single use plastics and the effect of litter on sea life.

The children have all drawn a sea-life/marine creature and painted using watercolours. It’s lovely as a few children have come back for several days running and wanted to paint different animals again and again, their development and improvement is evident.

Experimenting with watercolours/merging shades together and layering colours is such a valuable learning curve for them as young artists…watching patterns emerge, blending and layering is such an adventure, often with unexpected results.

I just adore the way the yellow pops against the black and white negative space here and the black dots which merge into the yellow, I can envisage this piece on canvas, hanging in an art gallery.

I just adore the way the yellow pops against the black and white negative space here and the black dots which merge into the yellow, I can envisage this piece on canvas, hanging in an art gallery.

I still can’t believe that the little boy who drew this Orca Whale with such care and attention is just six years old!

I still can’t believe that the little boy who drew this Orca Whale with such care and attention is just six years old!

This penguin has so much charm, it could so easily be a character in a children’s book.

This penguin has so much charm, it could so easily be a character in a children’s book.

This little cutie I can also imagine as an illustration in a children’s book. I love his scale against the white page which adds to the feeling of vulnerability and youth, also the paint splodges add to his charm and give the piece an organic feel.    Additionally we’ve been working on some black and white pencil drawings which I am hoping to eventually arrange and get printed onto tote bags (an environmental project/fundraiser to raise money for  Room 13 ).

This little cutie I can also imagine as an illustration in a children’s book. I love his scale against the white page which adds to the feeling of vulnerability and youth, also the paint splodges add to his charm and give the piece an organic feel.

Additionally we’ve been working on some black and white pencil drawings which I am hoping to eventually arrange and get printed onto tote bags (an environmental project/fundraiser to raise money for Room 13).

Too cute…

Too cute…

Penguin kids art
Dolphins kids pencil drawing
Puffin kids drawing
Polar Bear ks2 pencil drawing
Otter KS2 pencil drawing

Mod-rock fun

As you might (or might not) know, I am currently working afternoons as the Room 13 Artist in Residence in a lovely East London based Primary School.

My job entails running a lunch-time art group for KS2 students, an afternoon group for 'gifted and talented' students and a daily after school club for children in both KS1 and KS2.

I'm seeing some truly wonderful work being produced and so am aiming to update you weekly with what we've been up to.

After-school Club mod-rock🦆 lesson (this class always goes down a treat with the nippers).
Simply scrunch up newspaper balls, wrap up in tin foil, mould into desired shape, apply a layer of mod-rock and paint when dry...voila! This particular project is pretty universal and I've been able to carry it out with children in the infant and junior classes (the little ones just need a bit of extra support sculpting the tinfoil around the newspaper).

I’m very impressed with this chap...👌