Art Classes

Spring Imaginings

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Hi guys, if you’re free at all next Saturday (25th) there will be a show of the children’s work whom I’ve been teaching Art to for 6 months at Rosetta Art Centre.
I’d love to see you if you can make it along…..


Fashion & Character Illustration classes

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Saturday is the last ‘Fashion & Character Illustration’ Class (8-11 year olds) at Rosetta Arts for this year – it has been an incredible ten weeks and the work created by the children so diverse.

I teach my students a process and see how they develop the concept into their own piece; this ten week project had to relate to a Fashion Drawing or a new character/super hero.

The images below were an experiment where the students painted a square piece of cotton with white gesso and then drew their characters onto the fabric using oil pastel and acrylic paints….since these photos have been taken I’ve taught them to sew and they’ve been using appliqué onto their Artworks.

Veronica Rowlands Textile classes Veronica Rowlands Textile classes (2)

Veronica Rowlands Textile classes (3)

We have now photographed all of their artworks from the ten week course and in the final lesson will heat transfer (using heat press) their best works onto tote bags – teaching them possible ideas for development and Surface decoration.

Fashion & Character Illustration classes at Rosetta Art Centre

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Yesterday I started teaching an eight week Fashion & Character Illustration Saturday School for gifted 8-11 year olds at Rosetta Art Centre:

I have another super talented class this year! We started yesterday creating one minute, continuous line drawings and then spending time developing them further with collage. I absolutely love this Fashion forward Illustration by a year 5 student…………..a Fashionista in the making!

Veronica Rowlands Fashion Illustration teaching

After School Textiles club.

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I’m going to start teaching a textiles afterschool club for students at Thames View Infants school (Barking) at the beginning of next term, I’m super excited about getting started!


To educate and promote recycling children will be asked to bring old clothes in which we will be cutting up to create new illustrations and textile pieces.

Lesson 1

The first lesson will focus on drawing and developing the student’s individual handwriting. The time restraint element makes students think faster and encourages ‘outside the box’ creative thinking.

-Students will start by collating a series of inspirational images from photocopied children’s books (approx. 15 minutes)

-Demonstrations on working on timed sketches within time frame of 1 minute; students to practice this using felt tip pens, coloured pencils, etc. whilst being timed.

-Demonstrations of sketches timed for 2 and 5 minutes; students to do the same each time, as above in (2) and using the same materials.

-Creating a refined piece with the knowledge and inspiration gained from the first parts of the lesson (up to 30 minutes, time permitting)

Lesson 2

The aim of this lesson is to make students work and refine previous inspiration and teach them new ways of looking, re-interpreting and developing ideas using different media and self expression.

-Brief recap of last lesson’s content, followed by a discussion of students’ work (10 mins)

-Explain to students how we are going to further develop the creations of Lesson 1 by adding details such as hair and features to their illustrations. Give examples and suggest ideas (approx. 20 to 25 minutes)

-Students to create a series of timed drawings, inspired from their first lesson drawings except this time using a variation of mark-making techniques such as stick and Ink, random found objects (eg twigs, leaves and dried flowers), carbon paper, acrylic paints and scaled photocopies from lesson 1 drawings, maybe exploring the possibilities of placement and print.

Lesson 3

Further development of the themes and ideas broached in lessons 1 and 2.

This lesson will focus on working with collage and scrap fabrics to create garment ideas, character outfits alongside the drawing techniques and processes used in lessons 1 and 2, and demonstrating them as outlined above.

-Recap on results achieved so far.

-Explanation of what we are going to do, using collage and scrap fabric.

-Students to produce work using new media.

Lessons 4 -6

Putting into play all the creative skills taught in lessons 1 to 3.

Recap and discuss work produced with students from previous weeks, and collaging recycled, manipulated fabrics onto their illustrations to create a body of work for each student.


Fashion Illustration Classes

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I’m currently teaching a Saturday morning class in Fashion and Character Illustration at the Rosetta Art Centre in Stratford……..I started the class with a few 1 minute illustrations inspired from magazine cut-outs which the children then worked into adding colour, detailing and collage (I feel the fast illustrations are great for getting the creative juices flowing).

What a productive morning it was, my class are so creative and talented!


Fashion Illustration Saturday group


Saturday Fashion Illustration Class

Saturday Fashion Illustration Class

Saturday Fashion Illustration Class


Saturday Fashion Illustration Class


Saturday Fashion Illustration Class