I have opened a community artspace! Art by the Loch is a temporary art studio for summer 2021. It offers affordable work and exhibition space for local artists and runs drop in activities for all ages. I will be working on my painting in this lovely space all summer.
CD booklet/mindfulness colouring book for generation arts.
A little print work has been keeping me busy. A lovely emotive recipe book for generation arts.
I’ve been back in school! A few sessions to add some new colour and interest to the tired sensory garden.
Toonspeak are doing a great job of supporting their young people (and artists!) during Covid19 Lockdown. Creating lots of opportunities including Art By Post, art packs delivered to the young persons home which include lots of exciting activities to complete at home. Without any in-person or online tutoring my instructions needed to be very clear and using simple materials. A selection of pages from the packs –
Campsie view School (specials needs provision, East Dunbartonshire) had a pupil of the week notice board that was crying out for a creative revamp. Each week a pupil of the week is chosen for each class and the certificates are displayed here.
I wanted to create something fun and colourful. Something that could moved to the new school once it is built and can grow if the school grows to have more classes. I thought about how all the children are so different and each class has it’s own character. I chatted with the teachers and they liked my idea of creating a cactus garden, they liked the idea that they were all shapes and sizes just like the children.
Through a series of workshops each class designed their own cactus shape and flower. The flower is where the pupil of the week certificate will go. We played with paint, creating different textures using stamps and then used our painted papers to create the design.
From these designs I planned the mural, first in paper and then cut the shapes from wood.
We then painted and varnished all the cacti and flowers.
The Cactus garden is finished and ready to be installed after the covid lockdown. I’m looking forward to seeing the first little pictures on the children inside the flowers.
I worked with Burgh Primary on their once upon my time project. The primary sevens work with nursery to write and illustrate their own professionally printed story books. I led a workshop with everyone together including the childrens families to develop ideas and images for the illustrations. I then worked with the images to edit them and create the final illustration for the book. The Illustrations include all the things that are important to the child and should look great in the book and compliment the stories really well. ( the first image is my example one!)
I have continued to work with special needs provision school Campsie View. This time the most ambitious project yet. Working with the teachers we put on a full school show. I helped each class to create costumes, props and back drops for each scene. The children made a wide range of things including a crocodile puppet, a landrover, a disco ball and dance floor, a telescope and a roll along dog made from a mini skateboard.