Saturday Art Club at The Chapel Gallery – Drawing workshops

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For this project we went back to basics, observation and mark making. The activities I planned were all designed to get the students to really appreciate expressive and interesting mark making within their drawings. I was particularly interested in encouraging a lively discussion about drawings moving away from purely representational to having a deeper value for process and mark making.

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Continuous line drawings, to begin with having the paper hidden, then on black paper focusing on superimposing drawings.

Working on long rolls of paper allows for large scale drawing and interesting compositions

The final part of this project was working from different fabrics, using mixed media including water colours. We were looking at creating large scale work and were aware of different mark making to create texture.

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This was a really great and stimulating series of workshops, with each different activity received enthusiastically. Some process’s were challenging but the kids really enjoyed this and were  happily surprised at the outcomes.

 

Go With the Flow Art Classes

Teaching at the regular adult art classes in Sefton is always a great opportunity to think about the journey of development that repeated art practice entails.

Examining and duplicating other artwork is an invaluable way of exploring colour, mark making and shapes – yet always the most rewarding aspect I find is the absolute uniqueness of each individuals work.

The celebrate this we held an exhibition in The Atkinson’s ‘Sefton Voices’ exhibition space. Participants came from Go with the Flow Southport and Bootle and Free Flow Formby and all work was created to fit into uniform frames. Curation and hanging was done in one day by Mo Peacock, Phil Dore and myself.

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We were thrilled with how it all came together for a really strong show that celebrated the talent and diversity of the art created in these groups.

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Arts Award – Inspiring young people to grow their art

  I have been working with young people at The Chapel Gallery and The Atkinson to help them get their Arts Award Discovery and Bronze. Arts Award operates on different levels and offers young people the opportunity to develop their interest … Continue reading

Get Creative With Sandy Lane – Creative Consultation Workshops and Events

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During the summer 2014 people living and working around Sandy Lane Shopping Centre got involved in West Lancashire Borough Council’s “Get Creative with Sandy Lane” project and made the shopping centre a more colourful and inviting place to shop, work and visit.

 I was commissioned to facilitated a period of creative consultation planned at inspiring people to come up with ideas to improve the image of the centre. I worked with al the children at St Richards Primary school where they created drawing exploring their favourite things about Sandy Lane. I then digitally collaged these images to create large posters.

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Looking to create a festival feel whilst also gaining feedback I facilitate two days of bunting workshops with the public. Local residents were asked to decorate a piece of bunting with words and images aimed at finding out how they feel about the centre and exploring, in a creative way, how the centre and its surroundings can be improved. These were then hung from the rafters.

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A great time was had with all ages weaving recyclable materials into fencing to explore ideas of nature, renewable resources and aspirations for a clean and beautiful environment. The finished piece was hung near the car park and really created a joyous bright feel to the railings.

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A huge thanks for the energy and creative spirit of everyone who participated in this part of this project. I look forwards to seeing Sandy Lane get its well deserved make over.

Reach Art Project, Phase One – submitted Designs 2014

My designs and ideas submitted for Reach Art Project – Phase One. Reach is an artist project I was commissioned to undertake earlier this year which was linked to the physical redevelopment of the St Annes Swimming Pool on the Fylde coast. This commission focused … Continue reading

Junior Rangers Art Activities, Beacon Country Park

               What fun I have had this summer running workshops in the wonderful location of Beacon Country Park in Upholland. I have been doing these summer art activities for the Junior Rangers for a couple of years now and it is always an absolute pleasure … Continue reading