As the run up to Christmas gets so very frantic, we, at the POST19 Art Workshops decided to have a bit of fun and enjoy creating some personalised Christmas gifts for friends and family. We started by painting our own small wooden frames in bright, funky colours, and then filled the frames with our own Self Portraits, created in Acrylics in the style of the wonderful Julian Opie: An artist who we have studied in the past and whom the students are very fond due to his simple and effective style of painting. The Christmassy twist was that the portraits all featured cozy Christmas jumpers. Well done artists! The results are fantastic! Happy Christmas to you all and see you again in the New Year for a fun new term of being creative!
I have given my Graphic Design students this term a rather huge challenge. I have asked them to design and create a bespoke Board Game, complete with the board itself, a packaging design, an instructions leaflet and any extras such as 3dimensional 'pieces' that they might need. Given that this is a complex brief in itself, for my students; young adults with special educational needs - it was initially a daunting task. However, with their usual gusto and enthusiasm, they were soon researching existing board games, debating excitedly the pro's and con's of what is currently available and without even realising that they were embarking upon the first stages of any design process - planning and drawing out roughs and sketches for their own (far superior!) designs.
I'm looking forward to see how the ideas progress over the coming weeks and I know I'm in for some real visual treats.
This weeks Art workshop for young adults with special educational needs, was a fantastic session looking at the work of Javier Mariscal. I truly loved Mariscal's exhibition at London's Design Museum back in 2009, and thought the students would enjoy his brightly coloured, inspirational artwork. As we have looked a lot at the art of hand drawn typography, it was also a fun challenge to incorporate our hand drawn lettering into our Mariscal inspired creations.
I was first introduced to screen printing at foundation Art College so many years ago all knowledge of it has since been lost but I love an opportunity to discover new art techniques and I love hanging out at Farnham Pottery so this course ticked all the boxes.
We explored a few of the more basic techniques, cutting stencils, using found objects for extra texture, and painting straight through the screen for a more freehand approach. I’ve learnt a fair amount in a short space of time. First off I discovered that printing by hand is hard! There’s no ‘command z’ for starters and things just don’t seem to go entirely to plan…. but hey – that’s been the fun of it. The freedom to explore a new media is great and to create something rather beautiful quite accidentally is a joy. And I don’t mind having multi coloured fingers either which has been no bad thing… I’m not sure I’ll be swapping photoshop for a squeegee anytime soon but It’s been awesome creating some prints, just for the hell of it.
I was recently commissioned to work on the rebrand of Shepherds Court, an idyllic luxury Bed and Breakfast in the delightful rural village of Chawton, Hampshire. Shepherds Court is a beautiful home from home in an area of breathtaking natural beauty, set on a working sheep farm. The logo needed to reflect these things whilst remaining simple, clean and classic.
Each term of my Key Stage 2 Art Club, I offer a fun challenge to the young artists and this term it was a competition to create art at home on the theme of Flight for our gallery at school. Many of the children tried new techniques which was lovely to see and were so very proud of their efforts, it made my day. Well done to everyone who joined in and congratulations to the creators of the winning pieces shown below :-)
I never cease to be delighted by the children attending my primary school art sessions. My twenty young artists this week have created some beautiful collaged birds, working on our theme of 'Flight'. We looked at the work of collage artist, Peter Clark and were inspired to create our own creatures out of an array of materials including old magazines, maps, wrapping paper and food packaging.
This week's art workshops at POST19 have all been about the hearts! We've doodled, drawn, coloured, collaged, photographed, scrunched and scribbled! As ever I feel so privileged to work with such enthusiastic, creative young artists and their excitement about this special day has been really quite infectious!
Happy Valentines day x