Hands on art classes in Naenae

I’ve been living in Naenae for the last two years, and I’m so happy to be sharing some art time with the Naenae Clubhouse. Tonight we took lines for a walk, and then washed the colours around  and then added pastel colours. It’s all about find out, and trying things out. So when someone wanted…

“No vulnerability, no creativity”

I love this about the conditions we need to be able to learn. Brene Brown, Daring Classrooms “No vulnerability, no creativity.” “85% of the people I’ve interviewed over the last 15 years remember a shaming experience at school that changed forever how they think of themselves as learners.” Brene Brown Over the years, I have…

Using a sketchbook

I just got home from 10 days in Mexico, and I’ve been using a sketchbook daily. Its a new practice for me  particularly that if keeping everything in one (small!) place. I’ve always used the studio wall as my sketch book, including at art school, where I would photograph the large scale assembled pages and…

November expressive Life Drawing update

Colour colour colour! A warm and a cool colour. We considered our weight, the pressure and presence in our own bodies while we draw others. Appreciation of what a model gives us by taking the pose and holding there together. Being present.      

My drawing practice

Drawing is an integral part of my practice, and move across figuration and abstraction.They are always expressive, active and embodied; often large, taking up space and creating space for bodies, alternative structures of meaning and experiment. I love the immediacy of drawing; every mark is right there, and attached to the body. Sometimes I find…

Expressive Life Drawing Oct update

We have been building drawings, noticing when we are squashing them onto a page, and making the page bigger! Cutting and pasting and building a world big enough for what we are thinking, seeing and feeling. It’s always remarkable how what we do in class related to life. How we don’t express bits of us…

Opening of the St Mark’s Exhibition – my work and theirs.

This Tuesday I had the great honour of walking around a whole school filled with art-work that we had made together in class. So much risk-taking, creativity and experiment.   Portraits, abstract work, drawings and collages, and all embedded in experimental process and finding out as we went along together. I hope that these techniques…

Week 5 Artist residency – St Mark’s Church School

We are rocking through the term, and loosening up all the way. This week we learned techniques for building our compositions more densely, by repeating colours and shapes that were already there. We are working on sticking with our artworks, building and layering. Adding lighter and darker versions of the colours that are already there,…

Week 4 – Artist residency St Mark’s School

In Week Four we had a painting adventure. Paper on the floor, brushes stuck to long sticks, we found out how the brushes moved with the weight attached. Bouncing, swiping, swooping and twirling were some of the new ways we found of moving. We worked with our cut out colour feeling pages to create 2…

Week 3 – St Mark’s Artist Residency

In week 3, I really started to identify with the themes the classes are working with. Expressing ourselves through art, telling the stories of where we have come from, and talking about our feelings and values. I’m working with the fantastic art teacher, Markelle Archer, and today she told me about a child drawing, smoothing…