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Come and see me work!

I have been quiet for a while as I have been developing my business (The Arts School), raising a toddler boy, and making some work, but I am now back!

I have (for my sins) organised another group exhibition as part of the Hailsham Festival artists trail and I would love you to come and visit! It opens today 10:30-15:00

It is a group exhibition of local artists work at Moieties Barn, BN274JJ.

I am showing new and older work, alongside other local painters and sculptors.



Starting new projects- having reflective weeks

The inspiration word for The Arts School‘s 52 week challenge this week is SELF. I am using it to reflect on where I am with my own art practise and what I want to do this year.

It’s great to spend some time stopping to look both in and out.

So far (it’s day one!) I am seeing a renewed interest in how “we” are effecting the environment around us (my BA final project was on this), story telling (which my MA thesis considered), and lots of exploring materials.

Now to start making some goals.

©️Sophie Douglas 2018

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

Getting ready to run a taster day at The Arts School tomorrow.

General Art is one of my favourite courses as it is project based and gives you a chance to try different materials out and develop your own ideas and work. 

If you are interested in this course or any others, please visit or website email me at sophie@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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Time to paint

This week I  spent two mornings taking part in an art class’s run by the incredibly talented and generous Fiona Graham Mackay

I have not sat down and done an oil painting since I took my A levels (in 1998…) and was surprised by how successful it was, and how much I enjoyed it! 
I feel the reasons I have shied away from oils are time, money and practicality. I intend to explore this beautiful and generous material further!
Everyone go and do an art course, meet up with a friend or three, join a group, whatever you want, but get out there and do some painting, just because it’s good for your soul. 
These are my little paintings, whilst there is allot of space for improvement, I am immensely proud of taking the time for myself, that I haven’t forgotten everything I was taught, and for trying something different. Have a wonderful weekend. Sophie xxx
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Pallent house 2- Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture

Pallent House – current exhibition.
Pallent house and Cass Sculpture Park is currently showing work by the Scottish/Italian artist Eduardo Paolozzi. I feel his work shows the time, post war, new consumerist goods, culture and aesthetics, popular culture, with a hint of post war depression and bad memories. The exhibition shows a good range of his work and use of different materials.

What the gallery has to say:
“Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture

6 July – 13 October 2013

A major retrospective of the work of Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005), one of the most inventive and prolific of the British artists to come to prominence after the Second World War, featuring around 150 works in a variety of media including sculpture, textiles, prints, ceramics and drawings.

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi RA (1924 – 2005) was one of the most inventive British artists to come to prominence after the Second World War. Although best known as a sculptor, he worked in an extensive variety of materials including ceramics, collage, drawing, film, jewellery, printmaking, textiles, and even the decoration of Tottenham Court Road Underground station.

This retrospective explores the central importance of collage as both a working process and an approach to bringing together disparate sources of inspiration, from Paolozzi’s iconic images cut from the pages of American magazines, to his robotic sculptures expressing man’s relationship with technology. It features over 150 works from across his career, including early sculptures influenced by continental Surrealism, his textiles for Hammer Prints Ltd. and Horrockses Fashions in the 1950s, his innovative screenprints that made an important contribution to British Pop Art, ceramics designed for Wedgwood and Rosenthal, and maquettes for his later public commissions.”

The Telegraph
Art Republic
Images from google images


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