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Happy New Year! Welcome to my January blog post. I've been reflecting alot these last few weeks and I can’t believe how much has happened ( in a good way) this past year and the amount of creativity, ideas, conversations and inspiration has taken place in my sessions. I feel rested and ready to start 2020 with lots of new ideas, plans and possibilities. And what a great way to start the new year but with positive news – we raised £88.20 from our Children's Winter Art Exhibition in aid of Claire House Children's House. Well done to all who created, contributed and supported this great cause. I love the fact that my students have used their creativity to fundraise money for other children.

I have lots of exciting workshops coming up this term - monthly workshops (the first Sunday of every month), Art Club ( 6 week block of classes for ages 7-14) and collaborative workshops with great people such as Emma’s Wild Garden and Chef de Party. Dates for your diary February 1st 9.30-11 Botanical Illustrations (Children Age 7-14) - Ormskirk 2nd 10.45-12.15 You’re just my type - Valentines Workshop(Children Age 7-14) - Formby 6th 8-10 I can’t draw (Drink and Draw) - Adults, Ormskirk 8th 11-12 Family Art Session at Riva Lounge - Ages 3+ 27th 7-8.30 Botanical Illustrations (Adults) - Ormskirk 29th Art Club Juniors (7-10) and Art Club (11-14) New 6 week block of classes I’ll have lots of workshops for the February half term including drawing in the woods, mini art school and much more. I’m planning on doing more adult workshops and family art sessions too. How to.. do Drawing games Drawing games are great as an ice breaker, using imagination, way to draw and a way to get drawing without thinking about it too long as you can’t be wrong.

You will need Paper Sharpies Fine liners Imagination! Shapes - Love this game. You can play with as little as two people and as many as you like. Each person draws a shape - this can be an organic shape or a real shape ( circle, square etc). Either swap with your partner or everyone moves to the left or right so they have a different shape in front of them. Now you have to turn the shape into something through drawing - you can add to it, draw in it, around it adapt it. So for example a square might become a table, a robot, a present etc. Repeat the process and keep creating until the page is full. Experiment with different size paper, different paper ( pattern, book pages, brown paper etc) or give themes to the drawing i.e carnival, animals, [if gte vml 1]><o:wrapblock><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></v:f> </v:formulas> <v:path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"></v:path> <o:lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t"></o:lock> </v:shapetype><v:shape id="Picture_x0020_4" o:spid="_x0000_s1026" type="#_x0000_t75" style='position:absolute;margin-left:187.1pt;margin-top:210.1pt;width:163.1pt; height:204.2pt;z-index:251662336;visibility:visible;mso-wrap-style:square; mso-width-percent:0;mso-height-percent:0;mso-wrap-distance-left:9pt; mso-wrap-distance-top:0;mso-wrap-distance-right:9pt; mso-wrap-distance-bottom:0;mso-position-horizontal:absolute; mso-position-horizontal-relative:text;mso-position-vertical:absolute; mso-position-vertical-relative:text;mso-width-percent:0;mso-height-percent:0; mso-width-relative:margin;mso-height-relative:margin'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:/Users/NBITTCK/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.jpg" o:title=""></v:imagedata> <w:wrap type="topAndBottom"></w:wrap> </v:shape><![endif][if !vml] [endif][if gte vml 1]></o:wrapblock><![endif] characters.

Art scavenger hunt Write a list of things to find - something green, something tiny, something huge, something that moves etc. This list can have themes such as Halloween, Cities, animals. Cut them into individual instructions, fold them and put them into a hat / box. Each person selects an instruction and has to respond creatively to it. The scavenger hunt is using your imagination so it can be anything. Draw / create an image of your idea such as something green could be a leaf, Caterpillar, plant, green bike, field etc. Try to fill the page and share with each other so you can see how differently each person has responded to it.

Jacob Lavin Pointillism


Jennie introduced me to pointillism, I liked it and wanted to look at it more.

Pointillism started during the post-impressionist movement around 1880’s to 1890’s.

French artists George Seurat and Paul Signac started to paint with dots of primary colours which would eventually blend into secondary colours which would eventually blend into secondary colours. Our eyes and brain blend the colours that make the image, The smaller the dots the clearer the image, even with the white dots on the canvass. Because of the primary colours and white dots, the pictures look bright.

Seurat had called the style Divisionism but the name was changed over time.

Pointillism is very hard to do, there are not a lot of artists that paint this way these days. Today artists prefer to blend their colours on a palette.

George Seurat painted ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’ which changed art at the time and started the Neo-impressionism era.

I had a go at painting in this way and really enjoyed it. If you would like to paint this way, this is what I did:

  1. Use a small A5 piece of paper (as it takes a lot of time to paint in dots),

  2. Chose a simple landscape, maybe sand, sea, sky and sun or hills a river and a tree and lightly sketch it on the paper.

  3. Get some ear buds and use them for different colours. Dot bright primary colours onto the page, try to overlap different colours to make secondary colours, yellow and red will make orange, red and blue make purple and blue and yellow make green.

Here is the picture I have done:

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