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2018 – The Arts School

Wow! It’s been a long time since I posted and the reasons good!

The Arts School is up and running and I am loving teaching again! Now we start the new year with lots of courses and a new teacher working with us teaching watercolour (Jo Hudson).

Come and take a class and hopefully enjoy it as much as our past students (and we) do! www.theartsschool.co.uk


The Arts School – the start

So I have been quiet because I have been busy! 

1) the boy who will be 7 months old next week, amazing! 

I could spend all day watching him learn the world! The greatest time consumers!

2) The Little Art on the Green, more details next week

And 3) 

I have started an arts school! 

The Arts School will start running day courses in Drawing and Mark making and Reflective Practise. Come and spend the day on a beautiful farm in East Sussex. 60 acres of woods, fields and lakes. A delicious lunch is included, provided by Sam. So excited! A few spaces left for our intro day on July 8th and confirmed dates to follow! 

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Saturday Addition 10: The Watts Chapel

20131011-205856.jpgI grew up in the village of Compton. This chapel is part of my memories. Growing up with spaces like this on your door step, create a visual and spatial understanding and appreciation of the style that was part of the arts and crafts movement. I love that these works were about society and the arts working together for a better world. The idea that through art everyone is linked.

20131011-205944.jpgAesthetically, I love the red of the chapel, that even on a grey rain day like today, it stands out.

20131011-210013.jpgI love the text in the chapel “Their hope is full of immorality but the souls of the righteous are in the hands of God.”

20131011-210055.jpgAnd I love that the space feels timeless. I could be here and now, or years ago, there is a feeling that others have walked the meandering path to experience the power of the light spilling through the tall glass windows, lightening the vibrant images and Celtic symbols within the chapel.

20131011-210131.jpgIf you are driving up the A3, take the turn off and have an experience!

What do you think?


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Drawing class – a day of indulgence!

Today I attended a full day drawing class with Nelson Ferreira at the V and A. It felt like a total indulgence being able to just sit and draw for hours!

As a drawing teacher it was great to see how others teach the same thing, and to learn better ways of explaining.

The things Nelson taught me today:

When explaining how to work out the angles think of the time, is the angle at 10 o’clock, or 2 o’clock? This seems like a great way to think about it! Shadows have no texture, and hold the picture to the object you are drawing to see the lights and darks, I found out my pictures are way too light! And finally to look at what is the sharpness of the line.

Here is my attempt:


The drawing lesson took place in the Cast Court, which I regret to know nothing about so here’s the V and A’s explanation:
“The Cast Courts at the V&A, two vast galleries that
house the Museum’s most important plaster cast
and electrotype reproductions, make a significant
impression on visitors. These faithful copies were
mainly taken from works of art or architectural
details throughout Europe during the nineteenth
century, when the collecting of such casts was at
its most popular. The Museum commissioned or
bought these reproductions from some of the
leading cast manufacturers of the day. The
collection that was assembled allowed people
who could not travel abroad to admire some of
the major European monuments and works of art.”


My only advice would be to do the half day, as I am exhausted from a full day! But great teacher!

Here are a few more pictures from London today:




The Pitmen Painters

Last night I went to see The Pitman Painters at The yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. It is only on till the 11th, so go if you can! http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/

I didn’t know that much about this group of painters, so if you are like me here is a quick intro: “The “Ashington group” [pitmen painters] (act. 1934–1983) originated in October 1934 when men, mainly coalminers, from Ashington, Northumberland, began classes in art appreciation. It was a course without precedent in a mining village 16 miles, and a world away, from the nearest art gallery. The class, organized by the Workers’ Education Association (WEA), first met on 29 October 1934 and was initially attended by thirteen students, rising to twenty-four in the following week. The lecturer assigned to the course was Robert Lyon (1894–1978)” (taken from http://www.oxforddnb.com/templates/article.jsp?articleid=98138&back=).

I thought the play was brilliant. Funny, aesthetically simplistic stage, believable actors, and great visuals using projections of the real artists work. The story left me feel inspired to want to see art, the world and to paint the things in my life. It reminded me that creating work that you think others will like can be false to you, and become stagnant and dull. The processes of making art for your enjoyment, as well as to make a comment, can be wonderful and beautiful and engaging. Go paint people!



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