GENERATIONS- SCHOOL COLLABORATION
one of the things which I'm very passionate about, is to inspire the young to love & appreciate art. In 2015 I created a collaborative project designed to inspire the next generation to really appreciate & notice the nature around them & what it really meant to be an artist.
Working with an entire small school & children aged 5-11 over an 8 week period we went from learning to look at the world around in a different way & to notice the beautiful details of Nature. Then to identify what it means to be inspired & choose their subject by identify that 'tickle in the tummy' which happens when you spot something that fires you up to want to create. I taught them to create compositions & sketches, then work them up to bigger works, how to use colour & proper professional Art materials.
The final stage was to create a collaborative exhibition at the Ariel Centre with both their work & mine & the hardest lesson of letting go of something you've poured your heat into as they sold their work at the exhibition.
My painting 'Age of Innocence', of white roses was painted during this project. It was my response to the children's openness to learn new skills & their courage to go beyond what they thought they could achieve.
A3 prints of Age of Innocence are available above, rolled print on fine art paper (framed versions available in the Prints collection)