Thursday, 1 May 2014


The end of the 'Foundations in Arts Course' at Furniture Now! Lewes:

Sadly, due to lack and mis-management of funding this course had to be cancelled after only 6 sessions.
It has left a number of learners without the opportunity to gain further skills, meet with friends and to work on personal goals, e.g. time-management, staying focused and completing tasks...all of the above have been achieved during this course.

Some samples of 'surrealistic plates'....made with clay: 

Limited Editions!


In one of the last sessions of the 'Foundations in Art Course' I taught my students the simple, yet effective, technique of mono-printing. We used coloured papers and painted backgrounds to create some very individual and exciting designs...

All quiet!!!! - It's only 'Still Life' painting!

Working from (non-) life with acrylic paints:

By this stage my students had already been through a series of colour- mixing/matching/creating exercises, using mainly acrylic paints. They had also practiced drawing from 'still- life' set ups. 
So I wasn't surprised of the resulting high standard of paintings!

See for yourselves....

'Foundation in Arts' Course @ Furniture Now!

A new course ...and lots of new talent(s):

In January this year a new art course started at Furniture Now! Lewes, called 'Foundations in Art'.
The influx of new, talented students was overwhelming! It was proof to me that there is a massive need for people of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances to come to a safe and supportive place where
they can be creative, network, relax, grow and experiment. And besides creating great pieces of art I have observed learners supporting each other, finding solutions for long-standing problems/issues and making new friends.

In one of our sessions I got the learners to draw a portrait of Lucien Freud, collaboratively, using soft pencils and graphite sticks. The only 'problem' was that nobody knew what they were drawing at the beginning of the task! 

Here is the outcome....

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Exhibition Opportunity @ Sussex Downs College Lewes

Going Public Again...:

The 'Being Creative Group' was very fortunate to be offered the opportunity to exhibit some of their fantastic artworks at the local Sussex Downs College!
The college's Adult Learning Department has funded the course, and as it is an 'outreach/community project' (meaning the course is taught at a community venue) it was a great way to show off the local artistic talent to students, staff and visitors of the college.
We selected a variety of pieces showcasing different media and techniques and displayed them on boards in the main reception area.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

On the Big Screen

Painting on a life-size panel:

Our art group was lucky enough to be given a fold-able room divider/screen made of 3 panels of wood at about 2 m in height.
What a great opportunity for each student to design and paint their own panel from scratch. This included preparing the surface and drawing up design ideas to scale.
The theme was open : Anything that describes you (the artist!). e.g. self-portraits, (dis-)likes,family, interests, colours and places of your choice.
The main medium was acrylic paint and the style was everybody's own!
Research by collecting images, texts, drawings and other materials was essential and an important part of this project.
For myself as the teacher it was very interesting to see how the work, and way of working, matched the individual personalities of the group .... fabric/paper collages and spray paints made important long-lasting appearances, and some of the work was completed in one session whereas others never reached that point (and still look great!)
It was also a learning experience for everyone to share a small space and work standing up or crawling on hands and knees.

Works in progress....

'Blue Angel' & 'Ann's Portrait'

Jeannie's 'Greek Girls'

Jeannie's 'FlowerPot'

Josh painting 'Josh with Cat'

Ann's 'Sammy'

Sarah's 'Tag'

Patrick's 'Brightonian Buddha'

Floating Brightonian Buddha