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!

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!