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Recycling And Creating

18 Mar

I’m an educator as well as an artist and I’ve spent many years working in adult learning with people who have, for various reasons, been excluded from education to some degree. I work a couple of days a week for a national charity for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed. Covid19 lockdown has been such a challenge. We can’t bring people inside, meet in groups or even work one to one, except in an emergency. Educators all over the world have had to adapt and develop new ways of working. One of these is delivering learning online through things like Zoom. I did one of these sessions today, teaching people how to draw a skull from scratch, with just a pencil and a sheet of A4 paper and then looking at options for decorating them. I used collage on mine, it’s a good technique because it costs next to nothing. We give people gluesticks and the collage can be done with recycled junk mail and old magazines.

This neat set up has been lent to us by a local gallery, GS Artists. They’re unable to open to the public at the moment and are supporting organisations like ours to reach marginalised people, which is a lovely thing to do. They’re also running their own programme of Zoom art sessions and artists talks, which are free. Click here to find out more.

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

Inspired by drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artefacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Splatter!

14 Oct

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I work part-time for a national homelessness charity, just a few hours a week where I run fine art courses for people who use the service. Today I started an acrylics painting course. I like to jump straight in with something practical so I did a group abstract painting exercise. After a quick explanation of what ‘impasto’ is, I laid a canvas roll onto the table and everyone – there were six of us – grabbed a pot of Daler Rowney System 3 paint and, using either a palette knife or fingers (rubber gloves provided), splattered paint onto the canvas as we walked around the table.

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After we’d all done one circuit, we changed our pots of colour and went round the table again, splattering as we went. And a few more times, building up random layers of colour. Finally, we put the paint down and spent a minute or so scraping and scratching through the paint layers, revealing the colours underneath.

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Then we used some old window mounts to look through and work out the compositions we liked best. This led to a discussion about what makes good art – controversial – and I’d taken some examples of Jackson Pollock’s work to look at, to get a theoretical and historical perspective.

The Daler Rowney System 3 acrylic paint, mixed with screenprint medium, was kindly donated by Swansea Print Workshop. They let us have acrylic paints left over after their screenprint courses, which is great because they’re expensive quality paints. We worked in a room kindly lent by the National Waterfront Museum.

A Group Together

13 Aug

 

I ran a two-day teaching session in full-colour monotype at Swansea Print Workshop this weekend. I enjoy working with other artists who want to learn a new technique, they’re so motivated and they don’t baulk at cleaning up. Although everyone was doing the same process, there is a huge diversity of style and content.

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