2013 looks to be a very promising year ahead for me as Wallop! with lots in the pipeline. With my other hat on, as a member of The Classroom Creatives Artists Network, this year starts an exciting ongoing relationship with Post 19.
Post 19 is an excellent learning centre for young adults with a variety of learning difficulties. This week started off the new Post 19 term and yesterday we kickstarted our first series of weekly Art and Design Workshops at the Ash Centre in Surrey.
This term our theme is ‘All About Me’ and we will be exploring self portraiture in a multitude of different forms of media, using some unexpected art techniques and looking at examples of all our favourite artists.
I am fortunate to be working in my day to day life as a graphic designer / illustrator and therefore have the opportunity to introduce the students to the work of contemporary, professional artists and creatives that they may well not have been aware of before. My Twitter contact list is going to come in very useful :-) More on that to follow at a later date…
Our first introductory session involved a read through of the inspirational book, ‘Dot’ by Peter Reynolds, a resulting dot ‘doodle off’, followed by speed drawing whatever popped into our heads, introducing ourselves with pictures instead of words…. and a lot of chat and laughter. ( All of that, not for fun, but in the name of assessment of abilities, obviously…. ;-)
I’m thrilled to have been included in the Post 19 plans and am privileged to be able to share workshop time with such a creative bunch of young people. I’m looking forward to seeing what they can produce over the coming months. Watch this space…. I think it’s going to be something special.