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.

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

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!

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...👌

 

Introduction and Summary of Year...

So my first post on a brand new blog...And if I'm honest I'm not completely sure where to start.

I'm an East London based Artist, Illustrator, Surface Pattern Designer and Educator (a lot to take in I know!). My background and training is in Surface Pattern Design and after several years in industry I went back to study for an MA in Illustration at Kingston University (which I completed in August 2017).

Over the past twelve months I have :

  • Been working with a dear friend and super talented Fashion designer Ani Passarelli to create our own brand lifestyle brand AtoV Collective

 

  • Held a solo exhibition of my artwork in local creative space HUSK (which I was over-the-moon about as it is my favourite coffee shop/creative space in London).

 

 

  • Worked with local charity SPLASH Arts and Tower Hamlets based community groups to create a giant mural depicting 'Poplar Past, Present and Future' which will shortly be erected inside Poplar DLR Station.

 

  • I'm currently working alongside a second local charity Stitches in Time and Bromley by Bow Centre to create a large banner and series of textile pieces with residents of Watts Grove (Bow) which will be placed on display in council and community events.

 

I've started working as the Room 13 Artist in Residence at Old Ford Primary Academy (in which I facilitate workshops for small groups of students and help lead/develop fundraisers for the programme (which I am absolutely loving).

 

 

 

  • Completed a Master's Degree in Illustration from Kingston University (in which I spent many sleepless night researching and trying to find A Universal Trigger for the Inner Child In Adults) - this gave me a deeper insight into my personal attraction to nostalgia and melancholy in my personal work.

 

  • Carried out tons of little and large commissions for people and organisations (from portraiture to pet portraits and event advertisements).

This is the first time in which the majority of my projects have been local to where I live in East London and I'm currently feeling a strong sense of community.

Welcome to my brand new website and thank you for following!