Welcome to my first blog post for Outline Arts. Each month, I’ll share a post on what I’m up to, workshops, art techniques and a special guest post from one of my young creatives. For the first one, I thought I’d go back to the start. I set up Outline Arts to combine practical techniques with creative approaches in Visual Communication. I run courses and workshops for children and adults with the focus on cultivating creativity and creating an environment to experiment with techniques and materials. With over eight years of teaching this specialism, I decided to set up Outline Arts and run courses and workshops to build creative confidence in a positive, fun environment. I have lots of workshops coming up this term and on the 2nd September, I’ll be launching my new online shop with Art Club t-shirts (£15, sizes 7-8, 12-13) and sweatshirts (£20, sizes 7-8, 12-13), gift vouchers, sketchbooks (£3) and most excitingly my new art tote bag (£15). The art bag is made from sustainable cotton with a limited edition screen print and patterned inside pocket perfect for your pens and art on the go!

The new academic year starts off with a illustrative bang with the first monthly workshop of the year - llustrate your own canvas shoes on 8th September 10.45-12.15. The workshop is for ages 7-14, £12 per person at my studio at Clarence House, West Lane, Freshfield. We’ll be drawing, designing and illustrating a pair of white canvas shoes and you’ll walk away with your own wearable art! Places are limited to 10 and booking will need to be made in advance due to requirement of shoe size.

One of the most positive things to happen since I set my business is the collaborations that have happened along the way. And my most recent one is with the National Trust Formby. It's such a beautiful area and you feel good just walking around the woods so we have joined forces and I have an after school family drawing session on 11th September, 4-5pm. We'll be exploring the woodlands through an art Scavenger hunt and drawing as we go. It's for children aged 7+ and adults.

Art Club Juniors (Age 7-10, 12.45-1.45pm ) and Art Club (Age 11-14, 1-2pm) are back on the 14th September and Art Club Minis ( Age 4-6) for a 6 week block of classes. For the juniors and minis, we’ll be exploring different techniques and approaches in art such as drawing, animals, colour and much more! For the older group, our project this term is inspired by ‘Street Art’ and we’ll be exploring this theme through different techniques and you’ll create your own final outcome. Can’t wait to see what you all create. How to... Create a field of Flowers by Herve Tullet

Each month, I'll be sharing ideas and techniques to try at home or when you have time or space to be creative. This month, I’d like to share a group painting activity by Herve Tullet. He’s a French artist / educator and has a great expressive, experimental approach to mark making and being creative.

He’s published a fantastic book on workshops for children (Art Workshops for Children) but it can be adapted for young adults / adults as it’s a mixture of painting and doodling. Over the summer, I tried this with my Art School and it turned out really well.

Prep 1 Large sheet of white paper (A3 or bigger / roll of paper) 4 bright coloured poster paints (one of each on Black fine liners (one for every participant) Small and medium sized paintbrushes (one of each for every participant) Jars of water and kitchen roll to clean brushes in-between


Put the paper in the middle of the table and the students sitting or standing around it. Select a colour and follow the below instructions Paint the outline of a circle CHANGE PLACES Paint a circle CHANGE PLACES Paint a circle using dots CHANGE PLACES AND COLOUR Paint a tiny circle CHANGE PLACES Paint a circle using dots and dashes CHANGE PLACES Paint a circle within a circle CHANGE PLACES AND COLOUR Paint a huge circle CHANGE PLACES Paint 3 circles in a line CHANGE PLACES Paint 3 circles at different places on the page Allow to dry although it shouldn’t take too long with poster paints. Students can practice drawing flowers with the thin fine liner on their Doodle page. Once dry, each student selects a different circle and makes it into a flower through lines and doodles. Add: Shape Petals Stems Leaves Connect flowers to each other Create tone ( dots, hatching, cross hatching, lines) Create pattern Allow the students to move around the page and doodle freely on the circles / marks created by their peers. The field is flowers starts to appear and grow. Offer guidance, suggestions and encouragement until the field is full.

Each blog entry will have a guest post by one of my young creatives. Kicking off my first blog post is Joe Dawson, one of my Art Club students, Art Ambassador, artist, writer and all round brilliant individual.

Art Blog By Joe Dawson

Pop Art

Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the United Kingdom and the United States during the mid- to late-1950s. This type of art style was made because of the reaction to the seriousness of the Abstract Expressionist Art. Even though the art movement was made in the 1950s, it was very popular during the 1960s. Thanks to pop art, it inspired lots of famous artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Andy Warhol was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. He was born on the 6th August 1928 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania United States. Sadly though, he died on the 22nd February 1987 in New York after his accomplishments being a director and a producer as well as being an artist. He was a part of eighteen movies. These include movies like Sleep. He also spoke many famous quotes such as Art is what you can get away with. He also spoke nine more.

Many famous art pieces were made. One of the most renowned art pieces was drawn thanks to Pop art. It is Campbell’s Soup Cans and the masterpiece was made by Andy Warhol in 1962. It is now located at Museum of Modern Art in Machynlleth Wales. Another famous art piece generated by Andy Warhol in 1962 is the Coke Bottles. This was a repeat pattern from one after another from screen printing.

Another distinguishable Pop Artist is Roy Lichtenstein. He was one of the leading figures of pop art just like Andy Warhol. Roy was born on the 27th October 1923 in New York. But unfortunately, he died in 1997 on September 29th. He had two kids called Mitchell and David Lichtenstein. Roy had something very famous about his art style. And that is stippling. Stippling is the creation of a pattern simulating varying degrees of solidity or shading by using small dots. Such a pattern may occur in nature and these effects are frequently emulated by artists. Roy also spoke three famous quotes. These are:

Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.

I don't have big anxieties. I wish I did. I'd be much more interesting.

I think this art movement stands out because it brought a new generation to art and also brought people who felt uncomfortable about the art movement. And that is what I like about the art movement.

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