Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Artists teaching the Arts - Creative Collaboration Em and I!

Me and Em started our Saturday creativity workshops together back in 2010, as we are both really passionate about creative learning.

I am really pleased that the very talented Emmaline Shaw is now able to bring her own creative skills to schools, through our workshops, as a drama and creative literacy specialist.   

So now we offer drama and creative literacy to our arts workshops.
Just so you know *We are excitedly jumping about shouting in the voice of Miranda's mum "Such fun!"*

We want children to be as excited about the arts as we are.  We want them to be inspired to start creating art, poetry or drama for themselves.

Em Shaw in da Studio
So we develop bespoke workshops, we can look at your curriculum and create some great art and drama or creative writing, which might link to that term's subject learning in some way.  Or not... it doesn't have to, it could just be for creativity's sake. 

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Artists in Schools

I am grateful to have been able to share what I love doing, with 3 classes of 30 children this week.

We created our own versions of Escher's Metamorphosis, Zen doodled bunting, created clay tiles and portraits and fantasy caricatures in the style of Paul Kidby... all at 100 mph. Oh and a bottle top mural too.

Going back to school, I learnt that I love the music of Iceland's Sigur Ros, especially Hoppipopolla. Thank you Miss Hare for sharing.

I learnt that I love being my own boss and the importance of specialists going into schools to teach what they love.

A lot of skills were learnt at a fast pace and a lot of excitement and pride in what had been created.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Plein Air Painting with Steve Pleydell-Pearce

Home after a family break along the beautiful North Devon coastline where I was lucky enough to spend a whole day painting with Woolacombe artist Steve PP.

Kirk discovered Steve's paintings years ago when he used to surf a lot in Devon and we started buying each other his amazing art work for birthdays, Christmas and anniversaries.

Steve's artwork is so amazing. Check his website out.

Steve also worked as an animator on Dangermouse! He is a real character who reads the weather by looking at the clouds, surfs and plays ukelele.

If you are ever in Woolacombe you might even be lucky enough to see him painting near his surf van or see his artwork in a gallery.

You can read about our plein air painting day at Barrican Beach here at Steve's blog.