The new year and the new term has begun for my workshops at Post 19, a centre in Surrey, for Young adults with learning disabilities. This is now the fourth year of these workshops and every year I am delighted to see how much they have grown and developed to be able to welcome to many more artists and designers of varying abilities.
This term we have two weekly Graphic Design sessions available and have tried to keep numbers reasonably small so that each student can benefit from plenty of one on one tuition as well as group time in which to work as part of a team with their peer group. The title of our first project is:
"Hello, it's me"
We have been exploring how to show, through imagery, what makes a person, a personality. Its a tricky concept but my designers have embraced it and used their wonderful imaginations to come up with some fantastic pieces already. We are encouraging the use of digital media, and so are all learning how to use photoshop and the iPads to manipulate images, and so far have learnt to take an alternative 'selfie', explored using different angles, (creating profile pictures which are both for a profile and also of a profile) and used a variety of digital tools to draw a silhouette and fill it with objects that are relevant to the personality of the subject.
I have been thrilled with the results so far and am looking forward with high expectations to the rest of the term! If you would like to keep up to date with what we do at Post19, please do follow our Facebook page over at: facebook.com/Post19Art