Observational Drawing

A couple of weeks ago my dear friend Mekette bought five beautiful young plants for her studio, and I felt compelled to use them as ‘life drawing’ models in our art club. The kids intensely observed them, carefully sketch them and coloured them with colour pencils. Once they were happy with the drawings, we decided to make some overlaying ‘interventions’ using a ‘no-threading’ needle (genius invention!!!) and colour threads…and here they are!

Secret Message

After the first lockdown, I decided to encourage kids to write down a message to themselves reflecting on their time spent at home, and what new insights they discovered about themselves along the way. Those little messages were then incorporated into little wire/nail/wood hangings for safekeeping. Kids loved making it and I loved having them back to our art club 🙂

Koi Carp Pond

These beautiful 3D hangings with their exquisite water depiction and the wriggling, lively fish could almost be mistaken for a real live scene. We used watercolour paper, scissors, glue gun, staple gun, pen and ink and my favourite ‘watercolour paints and pencils’. I have to mention and thank http://kathy-angelnik.blogspot.com for this wonderful project that I’ve by chance stumbled upon. We have also looked at some old beautiful depictions of ponds in art but also in the photograpy, and how the artists communicate the energy through the piece. It goes without saying that there was a lot of joy in creating this piece, as it was a mixture of simple model making infused with interpretational painting and drawing.


Perfect winter project with which we waved goodbye to 2019 and welcomed 2020. Kids used watercolours and watercolour pencils for the finishing touches. The inspiration came from the painting I found on the Internet that allowed me to talk a little bit about perspective, foreground, middle ground and background planes. It took three hours to finish these beautiful paintings and once framed they will be a visual treat on any wall. Well done artists! 🙂


Our band, herd, harem or mob of horses is finally ready to be shown. A project that ran a bit longer than initially planned has produced the most lush results as you can see. We used wire, tin foil, gum tape, acrylic paint, felt and occasional stitching…and creations are stunning! Well done all x


As I sometimes work abroad my great friend Mekette chips in and covers my absence, so this time around she found this fabulous illustrator, fell in love with her work and decided to start this project to honour it. I also fell in love with it and super happily continued working with kids on this project till they produced these lovely pieces of art.

Kids used a mirror to observe their faces and capture the expressions on to the paper by using pencils and then we traced them onto the cardboard. Once traced and cut, we used the gum tape to construct these 3-D sculptures ready for the acrylic paint to be put on. My job was to glaze them at the end, as I’m good at that :))))) Perfect ‘End of the Year’ results! … sooo have a lovely summer all and see you soon 🙂 xx


Well, it was a Valentines Day so we decided to make something rather than buy it, right?! … kids made some ‘mean’ hearts and parents loved it. Block of wood, sanded of course no splinters, but lot’s of nails and wire! 🙂 …and acrylic paints. Perfect love present … and for the speedy reason, I hammered the nails in but otherwise I would have let kids do it of course. Love this project, will repeat it again with the different imagery soon.


This project was inspired by very recent Annie Albers exhibition in the Tate Modern … I fell in love with it and thought to bring it into the class, soooo… this activity took some planning, sketching, drawing, painting, drilling holes through the boards (Mekette, my super creative friend did the drilling … thanks Mekette!) and threading wool through them … oh how that last thing needed the patience and the persistence from all!! Sadly, I don’t have pictures of all fantastic wall hangings that kids made … so sorry, but what I do have is very beautiful!


When straight lines decide to dance you get flutter of the wings, or movement of the waves … either are mesmerising. We used very basic materials like A4 printing paper, felt-tips, rulers, scissors, lots of numbering and concentrating while sticking 🙂 … plus music in the background, it all gets quite challenging but fantastical!


It has been some time since our last post but that doesn’t mean we have stoped creating! 🙂 … o no no no … here we are back striking a pose! 😉 and using acrylic paint, paper cut-out, lots of doodling, layer of gloss to seal it all and give a bit of shine to an old wood panel 😉 … we so street, right?!?

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