I have over seven years experience of delivering creative workshops in schools and in the community.
I think that one of the things that stops a person from being creative is the fear of getting it wrong. We are taught to be so precise and careful before we have had chance to experiment so there is no room for discovery.
I see it as my job, first and foremost to erase all of that and plant those magical seeds for imagination to grow.
Creative workshops Are available for children and adults of all abilities; from short, fun activities to more in depth / long term projects.
Reasonable rates, concessions available for unemployed and disabled.
DBS / Public Liability.
Ref Available upon request.
Looking at ways of creating 3D illustration, building surface textures and patterns and thinking in a sense of layers. This works really well as a drop in collaborative workshop.
Simple techniques using recycled materials. Really fun exploration of imagination and design.
Bling up ya bike
This is a very popular drop in workshop that looks at ways of getting people active; a great one for getting young people (and adults) out of their bikes.
Perfect for a summer event in the park!
Art is not just something that is created by the artist. An artist is someone who sees the world in a different light. With the right glasses, anyone can see!
Collage is a great way of slowly building up an image and finding a natural flow and eye for composition
Using Polymer clay, scraps of materials and a little imagination, make your very own sexy pins. Great for hen parties!
Working with clay
Simple beads and shapes, sweet like glazes that, when combined with wire and driftwood can become beautiful homewares.
Art is therapy
To be creative is to connect with yourself. Art is not always about creating a finished product. It's about channelling energy. Working with clay is incredibly therapeutic and makes for a great workshop for this reason.
Still life, brought to life
I love creating an exciting display to draw. It takes me back to my art college days. I like to use the display as a starting point for ideas rather than something to necessarily draw technically correct. If you imagine a genie coming out of the kettle then draw it, if you see a bird of paradise hiding amongst the flora, then capture its colour on your paper!
To begin with I like to get the class warmed up by doing some simple exercises; like left hand drawing or drawing with your eyes closed. Sometimes even real exercise helps, stretching of the arms and hands just lightens the mood and prevents worry or fear of getting it wrong.
Simple wooden structures, blank and ready to paint. Develop fun characters, aliens, monsters, people of your community. Great activity for festivals with a broad reach for input; can be a simple make and take away or a larger scale, interactive static art piece. Face in hole boards also available.
Summer school showcase
I have worked in a number of schools, developing creative projects with both children and staff.
One of my favourites was Sinfin Primary School, working closely with Derby Museums we used the nature collection as inspiration to create art work that was then shown in the Museum, through artist / student collaborative curation.