This is an outreach project which I’ve been working on for several weeks. The individual illustrations have been created by Tower Hamlets based community groups (including local primary schools, classes for elderly participants and a few of my own characters).
The image represents Poplar; past, present and future, from the suffragettes in East London, the current, constant redevelopment work and new high rise flats and the future of the area: further construction and jobs for local people.
I have a finalising meeting on Wednesday morning and the finished result will be put on permanent display at Poplar DLR station. This is a local station to me and it feels very exciting and a privilege to be involved in the making of something so close to home.
A few lovely things made by children in my lessons on the Visual Arts Saturday School at Rosetta Art Centre……
Self portrait mono-type
Three colour Mono-type
Continuous line, left handed and timed drawings were taken to create an abstract Artwork from the gallery, these images were then traced to create a three colour mono type….
T-Shirt portrait prints
Students worked in a group to make a background pattern/ resist from collaged paper and masking tape which they screen printed onto their T-Shirt, then used a stencil created from a self portrait session to print over the background pattern…
Abstract pattern design inspired by Gunta Stoltz …I got carried away starting a demonstration for my yr8 students….
Look at these wonderful Roy Litchenstein inspired, Pop Art characters my year 7 Art class have created…..students were introduced to Litchenstein’s work, then given a 50’s comic book illustration which they went on to re-draw on a large scale and colour in areas painting dots with cotton buds and areas of block colour.
Friday was my last ‘Stress Busting Colouring workshop’ at CGP Gallery, In which I have run six workshops altogether (one every Friday during the school Summer holiday period).
I created a new roll of Interactive Wallpaper for these workshops in which families have been dropping into the gallery to add their mark to……..What a wonderful few weeks it has been! the development has been mapped onto the wallpaper as it’s grown, becoming brighter, flamboyant and even chaotic in places….I LOVE IT!
Please keep an eye out as I have been discussing some exciting fundraising plans with the people at Beating Bowel Cancer this wallpaper is just the start.
I’d also like to say a huge Thank you to all of the adults and children who came along and contributed to the wallpaper, you really have brought it to life!
Apologies, I’ve been a bit slow updating my blog (my old computer literally fell apart) and today my new Mac arrived so I will be keeping you updated with what I’m up to…….
On 28th- 30th July I ran a three day ‘Enterprising Art’ Summer school for young people aged 11- 14 at Rosetta Art centre, which had fantastic results…….there were some highly skilled young people on my course!
I wanted to teach the students skills which they could re-use at home to create commercially viable products.
We started the course with timed continuos line drawings on the theme of ‘My London’ and what this means to the individual albeit: Culture, Fashion, Art, Architecture etc.
Afterwards students made initial mood boards on their desired concept, a series of potential designs which were printed onto heat-transfer paper and ironed on to T-shirts and tote bags. Students were then taught a selection of hand embroidery techniques to work into their pieces. To finish they created a series of Fashion Illustrations and final mood boards as if they were to be presented to a client. I purposely chose processes such as hear transfer and hand embroidery as these are processes that can be used at home, especially useful to anyone looking at setting up their own customised textile business.
On Friday I taught a one day workshop for 6 -14 year olds at CGP Gallery.
The theme was ‘Urban Wildlife’ – I started by getting the children to draw their school playground in fine-line pens, then make animals/creatures out of coloured paper and magazine imagery which they imagine visit their school during the School holidays and what they might get up to
Tea parties for foxes and squirrels came to mind…
Yes this was my version
This workshop planning is hard work 😉 ………..
This is one reason I love teaching children, they’re so creative and free!