I taught a great class inspired by Georgia O Keefe. Such was her love of nature and flowers that she tended to focus in on them and fill up the whole paper. Using watercolour all the classes were given my photo (below right) that I took of a bowl of fruit and also shown O'Keefe's paintings including the one below left. Then taking two L Shaped pieces of paper selected a segment of the photo that they wanted to paint. I used this exercise to look at composition and watercolour techniques. I also advised to add little bit of linear ink on the plate which adds a good contrast! You can see the wide variety of paintings that were produced. They all look very sumptuous!
Congratulations to Chris Riddell on becoming Childrens Laureate 2015-2017. Love that he is promoting books and art. BBC article below.
Illustrator and author Chris Riddell wants to encourage "drawing every day" as part of his new role as children's laureate. The ninth laureate, Riddell, creator of the Goth Girl series, has taken over from Malorie Blackman.
"I'm interested in illustration in all its forms," he said.
"Not only in books for children but in posters, prints and performance, as a way of drawing people into books and stories."
Riddell, 53, who is also a political cartoonist, was officially appointed on Tuesday at a ceremony at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) in London. He said he planned to put "visual literacy" at the heart of his term of office, which runs until 2017.
You can see Chris talk about his new role on the link below.
Childrens Laureate 2015 Chris Riddell
Get ready to teach landscapes in my art class on Wednesday. Pastels and watercolor. Thought I would paint something very bright and bold!! These are on green Ingres Paper.
Author Zoe James-Williams
Contemporary figurative artist with a love for ballet and theatre.