What if? Naenae drawing workshops

Sometimes if you have a question, you gotta get out and ask it with others. What came up really strongly in this free workshop to explore where we live, is that “All of our perspectives are different.” I heard that in different ways, all day, and yes, you’re so right! I love drawing as a…

Permission and expression

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we give ourselves permission. The inner critic is strong, and we have ideas in our heads about what is a ‘good’ drawing. And also, what fear looks like. Slow, careful, diffiult lines, with shoulders hunched, eyes screwed up, and all the while fearing who is looking over our…

“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…

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…

Artist residency at St Mark’s Church School – Week 2

In Week 2, we have been looking at central ideas that guide each class in their explorations through the term. With Year 7, we looked at how we can express our individuality through art. I talked about Drawing It Out, where I drew people and invited them to just be themselves; moving, talking, stretching, and…

Keep moving

One of the great things about teaching is that I get hear myself explain the processes I go through all the time in the studio. This week was the last of a block of classes, and I shared what I know; that I can teach, only because I do. All of the fear, the uncertainty,…

Artist residency at St Mark’s Church School- Week 1

I am the 2018 Artist in Residence at St Mark’s School in Wellington. I’ll be here all term, working with every class exploring expressive drawing. I’ll teach them exercises, respond to their projects, and make my own drawing to be displayed in the school. Today is Thursday and we have had a wonderful week so…

Drawing through touch

In Expressive Drawing Class we do this exercise where we draw through touch only. You close your eyes, and I give you a fragment of sculpture from the studio. They are lumpy, tangled, odd, silky. They are not things that you usually see, and so you can’t identify them. You have to feel your way…