A positive state of mind makes all the difference! Keep it positive. Keep a smile. Keep being creative.
Art is in fact EVERYWHERE! When you take a good look around, you can find beauty in the most mundane of places. It’s all about keeping your eyes open and being willing to look at the world just that little bit differently. Here is some beauty that I found in a sink.
Here is an article written by Hazel Saxelby, a teacher whom I have work closely with over the past few years at Batley Girls’ High School and Visual Arts College. ‘Graphic Artist Mike Barrett (www.emelbi.com) returned again in 2013 to support our students with their coursework and exam projects. Mike is one of our ‘family of artists’ who has worked closely with staff and students to extend their design skills and develop their use of
I have recently been working with the Pupil Referral Unit at Bradley, Huddersfield, delivering a series of digital illustration workshops using photographic manipulation and computer aided illustrative techniques. The children created some brilliant images. Here are some of the portrait illustrations from the workshops. Some lovely work and some great expressions!
Character Illustration workshop with Key Stage 1 pupils at Whitechapel Primary School. This was a fantastic project from beginning to end. The children worked extremely hard and were diligent throughout. We also had a lot of fun in the process. We set out to create some characters based on Heroes and Monsters. (I say we, because I joined in also). The children came up with numerous ideas using Biro pens and A4 paper. They drew
I do a lot of creative work in different schools over the course of each passing year and I am witness to some immensely fabulous talent on a constant basis. Young people have such magnificent imaginations and amazingly creative ideas. They generally pursue these ideas without fear of failure. They step forward without the worry that they might not be doing it right or indeed without a thought that they might get it wrong. Without
During Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th July 2013 I ran a two-day workshop working with some fine young people form Bradford Academy. A competition that had been run in the school challenged young people to create a mural design that would reflected what their individual house represented and meant to them. The Academy is built around a ‘HOUSE’ system and each house plays a large part in the day-to-day activities within the school. There were
A fabulous project creating Heroes, Villains and the City in which they dwell, with year 4 and 5 children from Battyeford CE(C) Primary School. The children were really engaged in this project and produced an enormous amount of work over a short period of time. When discussing the project with them it was great to hear their ideas and emerging narratives based around the characters that they were creating. A lot of the time I
As part of North Huddersfield Community Arts Week I ran a series of mini workshops today working with young people from Ashbrow School and Birkby Junior School. The workshop was based on creating digital graphics that would work well on skateboard decks. Mostly working in pairs, the pupils only had about 20 minutes to create these wonderful images. They listened well, worked extremely diligently and had a lot of fun in the process. I was
‘Oi!’ – Hand Tufted Wool Rug – Collaboration Artwork Not so long ago I teamed up with Andrew Warburton of Area Rugs www.arearugs.co.uk Andrew is a highly skilled and experienced carpet maker using hand-tufting methods in the production of his carpets and rugs. He has been designing and making unique and exclusive hand-tufted rugs and carpets since graduating in 1988 with a first class honours degree in carpet design. He was intrigued by the style and
A group of Gomersal Primary School pupils from years 3, 4 and 5 have just completed a workshop creating digital self portrait illustrations with some very striking results. Based on photographic images of themselves, the pupils skilfully created these digital illustrations using a series of layers and other digital tools. An alternative colour pallet was also explored for some of the digital colouring, which made for some very interesting imagery indeed. Further layering techniques were
I have just completed a lovely project at Battyeford CE(C) Primary School as part of the ‘Adopt an Artist’ programme in Kirklees. Working with 24 pupils, the project focus was on character development based around the theme of ‘Artemis Fowl’. From the outset the pupils displayed an array of brilliant imaginations as they set to designing their characters. It was great to hear the many ideas and narratives that were developing with the stroke of
This project formed part of the celebration of Gomersal Primary Schools 100th year anniversary and also the pending move of the primary school up to the site of the middle school. This was a brilliant project that involved the entire school. Over the course of two days, every child from every class from each and every year group was armed with a digital camera. With cameras in hand they were then asked to take photographs
Here are a handful of illustrations made by year 4, 5 and 6 children from Birkby Junior School. The project was to create digital character illustrations from simple beginnings and then to situate the characters in specific environments. In doing so each illustration took shape forming a basic narrative. It was really great to work with such an enthusiastic bunch. They bowled me over with their ideas and creative flair. I think their illustrations are
This was a fabulous project to produce two large graphics that would form a permanent display within the school that celebrated the local community. Firstly I spent a day with two large groups of children and parents photographing the local area and all the places that hold significance for the local community. Thereafter, the children and their parents took part in a series of workshops exploring digital illustration and design techniques using simple design software. During
Here are a series of digital images created by year 3 children from Ireland Wood Primary School in Leeds. Using a pen and paper the children were asked to draw recognisable objects such as a bowl of fruit, wine bottle or a vase of flowers etc. These drawings were then digitally scanned in order for the children to further manipulate the images using a computer. After digitally colouring and deconstructing the scanned images they then