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

Save the oceans tote bag design

This week at work has been rather quiet as most of my classes haven’t started back yet and so I’ve been preparing for the children’s next project (which will be about the environment and the effect of plastics and litter on sea creatures).

I was making a mock-up of how a potential re-usable tote bag (with one illustration from each child could look and then forwarding to companies to ask for sponsorship) and I came up with this!

Subsequently I’m really rather pleased with my sea life piece and I'm tempted to possibly get an order of re-usable tote bags printed with my design on as well...

Veronica Rowlands save the oceans print

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!

Bruges

Last week I came back from a wonderful, inspirational little holiday in Bruges, here are a few of my favourite pictures:

 

 

We were pottering around the streets of Bruges for the majority of the holiday...so much of the architecture is reminiscent of fairytale castles...it’s a magical place!      

We were pottering around the streets of Bruges for the majority of the holiday...so much of the architecture is reminiscent of fairytale castles...it’s a magical place!

 

 

“The Bruges Whale” 🐋  Compelling art piece made entirely from plastic found on the beaches of Hawaii in just one day!  Also shocking to see the magnitude of the waste found,which consisted of; electronic desk fans to water tanks to washing-up bowls.  Beautifully executed, thought provoking piece which reminds us of how much impact we can create by making the right decisions as individuals.            

“The Bruges Whale” 🐋 
Compelling art piece made entirely from plastic found on the beaches of Hawaii in just one day!

Also shocking to see the magnitude of the waste found,which consisted of; electronic desk fans to water tanks to washing-up bowls.

Beautifully executed, thought provoking piece which reminds us of how much impact we can create by making the right decisions as individuals.

 

 

 

 

I love everything about this doorway; the colour, the design and the swans are just so on point.               

I love everything about this doorway; the colour, the design and the swans are just so on point.

 

 

 

 

 

Sketching in one of many catherdrals

Sketching in one of many catherdrals