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Autumn Term Art Classes Are Back!

Welcome back to my monthly blog, I hope you are all safe and well. After a short summer break, I'm returning with my art courses and workshops for children and adults. For the autumn term I'll continue to teach my classes online via Zoom and alongside resources. While it has been an adjustment moving from the studio to online, I've enjoyed witnessing how my students have embraced online classes. It has not impeded your creative talents one bit. That being said, I look forward to meeting you all in the studio again in the future. You can check out the amazing work my students have produced on my social media. We've adapted together and come up with creative ways to continue our joy for making art online.

CHILDREN’S CLASSES (AGED 6-15) AUTUMN TERM

Art Club Juniors (Age 6-10)

Saturday, 5th September (6 weeks block of classes)

@ 1:00pm > 1.45pm

Theme - ’Under The Sea’

Art Club (Age 11-15)

Saturday, 5th September (6 week block of classes)

@ 2:00pm > 2.45pm

Theme - ’Under The Sea’

After School Art Club (Age 6-11)

Tuesday, 8th September (6 week block of classes)

@ 4:15pm > -5:00pm

Theme - ’Under The Sea’

Full Course Price: £30 / £10 per additional sibling

Sunday Art Session (Age 8-15)

Sunday,6th September

@ 11:00am > 12:00pm

Bugs and Butterflies Illustration Workshop

Workshop Price: £8

£12 household pass (max 3 students from one household)

ADULTS CLASSES - AUTUMN TERM

Art Club for Adults

Monday, September 7th(6 week block of classes)

@ 8:00PM > 8.45pm

Theme - ‘Lay of the Land’. Exploring different types of landscapes through drawing, illustrations and mixed media.

THE BIG DRAW – ART ACTIVITY

And I'm so excited to be part of 'The Big Draw' with the theme of climate change this year. This is a drawing festival based in the UK and with events taking place all over the world. From individual artists to national galleries, you can run an event which relates to the theme and promotes visual literacy. As the theme is climate change, I'll be running workshops illustrating Bugs and Butterflies, recycled artwork and much more for my Sunday Art Sessions. My Children's Art Club will be inspired by the theme ‘Under the Sea’. Keep updated on all of my news and events on Instagram and Facebook @outlineartsuk. For this post, I thought it would be great to share an activity as part of the Big Draw.

Using art as a way to communicate the effects of climate change has increased dramatically over the last few years. It is seen as a way to visually show the effects of climate change, how we feel about it and what we can do. For this activity, you will create a piece of artwork which represents one of the following

  • Save the Turtles

  • Bees

  • Plant more Trees

This could be on paper, an installation, a sculpture, anything you like which represents your idea. If possible, reuse objects or materials from your home. Anything from your recycling works well such as card, plastic etc. Try and find items which relate to your ideas. Below are a few examples of artwork created during my Art Club and workshops.

Activity

1. Decide on one of the topics above.

2. Research the topic for inspiration and facts to help inspire you and generate ideas.

3. Sketch and draw your ideas down first. This is a great way to transfer your ideas from your head, to your hands, to paper.

4. Select the materials you would like to use for your artwork. You can create a sample sheet and experiment with ideas first. This is a great way to test what will work, give you ideas as you create and change things if need be.

5. Create your artwork.

6. Display in your window to promote the cause. Share with family and friends too.

Don't forget to tag @outlineartsuk and @thebigdraw on Instagram and Facebook with the artwork. We love seeing what you create, especially when it's for a good cause.

Here are some great resources and websites with information on climate change for both children and adults.

“5 art installations about climate change we should be talking about” by The TCR Team https://link.medium.com/i4KtTXDr18

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/childrens-books-environment

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/bees-feel-sting-climate-change

https://www.greenhousepr.co.uk/top-10-climate-action-campaigns-of-2019/

GUEST BLOG BY ART STUDENT JOE DAWSON, AGE 13

Hello, my name is Joe Dawson and my art blog will be about storytelling illustrators, their importance for the story/book and famous storytelling illustrators including Quentin Blake, Beatrix Potter and Maurice Sendak.

Importance of the Illustrators

They have a very big job in the book. They draw images in the story to show a visual image of what is happening in the book and helps to explain what is going on in the book.

Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake is an artist who has worked with lots of writers, including David Walliams and Roald Dahl. His art style can come off as being lazy but despite that, his work like everyone else takes a lot of preparation to do and time to draw. He has drawn famous characters such as Willy Wonka, BFG and Matilda.

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter was a writer and illustrator who created the character Peter Rabbit. She was around during the late 1800s and the early 1900s. Her legacy continues to live on as there was a TV show that lasted up to 2016, and most recently a movie came out about the famous rabbit.

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak was also a writer and illustrator who wrote Where the Wild Things Are. Where the Wild Things Are came out in 1963 and has been able to sell 19 million copies. As well as that, it was made into an opera in 1980 and in 2009 and there was a live action film about the book.

E. H. Shepard

E. H. Shepard was the creator of the famous character, Winnie-the-pooh. The book came out back in 1926 and it was a great success which ended up making Disney buy the rights to the character back in 1961. Over 50 million copies have been sold worldwide since then.