I’m in the process of working towards an exhibition I have entitled “Angels and Archetypes”. It has caused me to really look at what is at the heart of my artwork and why I am drawn to certain images and themes. Most of the paintings are from 2018, however, there are some I have included from earlier. They are all linked by their archetypal element- people, places, animals and objects that have a symbolic meaning. The archetypes highlight the connectivity of human beings, since they are found in the collective unconscious, a place of myth, legend, dreams and folklore.
This exhibition is dedicated to my son Jordan who died tragically in a car accident in 2016. It feels like a wonderful way to honour his continuing presence in my life, not only as my son but now as a guide and source of inspiration to me. He is a creative soul, blessed with an inexhaustable curiosity about the world and everything in it. I wonder what he is doing now. I hope he is playing music and making new discoveries, free, unfettered and joyful. I know he is beside me always giving me so much encouragement. My creativity will always be a way to connect with him while we are separated in this life.
So much love to you my son, always, always.
‘Basket of Life’
In this course we will use guided meditations focused on aspects of nature, using them as a catalyst to create a painting which will celebrate what it is to be a spiritual being having an earthly experience.
I believe meditation is a wonderful tool to unlock creativity and inner wisdom. It grounds us, makes us more attentive and in tune to our environment and helps us relax into the ‘flow’ of imagination until the painting itself becomes the meditation.
Over the four weeks we will be working on one large canvas, which will change an evolve as different ideas emerge.
Focus is not on observational painting, but of using nature as a way of creating visual symbols which are unique to your inner journey. You may choose to use collage materials, incorporate found objects such as leaves or feathers or use a myriad of other materials to create texture.
I will be on hand to support you through this process, whether it be technique, colour mixing, composition and most importantly, to help you feel empowered to follow your intuition.
These classes are perfect for older students to develop their artistic style and skill set. We will be exploring acrylic painting techniques, the effects of complimentary and analogous colour, working with clay and other materials. Students will be inspired to express their own ideas in visual forms in a thoroughly supportive environment that is suitable for a wide range of abilities and experience.
Starts: Saturday 28th of July 2:00-3:30 p.m for 8 weeks.
About the teacher:
I am a trained teacher, and have been teaching art for many years both in a school setting and from home. I am passionate about art not only as a valuable subject area in school, but also as a way of adding a sense of joy and purpose to life in general. I believe all of us have an artist within.
I like to keep classes structured at first, but then a little open ended as I cater for the unique goals and abilities of individual students. Questions/enquiries welcome – you can email me at email@example.com or on Facebook messenger.
The creative possibilities of portraiture are endless. Expressive portraits can plumb the depths of human experience, identity, spirituality and emotion.
In this workshop you will have the opportunity to create your own expressive portrait using acrylic paint with the option of using mixed media techniques (using fabrics, papers and glues to add texture).
Cost of the workshop includes canvas and materials. Please feel free to bring your own paints if you have some that you like working with
Light lunch provided.
Time: 11-4 pm
venue: 11 Captains Lane Fremantle
Tickets and enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be purchased here:
Term 3 looks set to be busy, but loads of fun. Highschoolers will continue looking at famous artists in history; the start of next term we will learn about the fascinating, iconic artist Picasso. Primary groups will also have artists’ of focus- In our first activity we will use the bold designs of American artist Georgia O’Keefe as the inspiration for a paper mâché’ activity. We are also gearing up for an exhibition at the Darius Wells library in Kwinana. It will be wonderful for students to experience presenting their work for display and curating an exhibition. Any questions, please contact me personally on 0409497739, or msg me on Facebook. Have a restful holiday and I will see everyone next term!
Art class details
Cost: $96 per term (8weeks), or $15 casual
Dates and times are as follows:
Primary homeschool groups
Tuesday 19th July -6th September
10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m & 3:00 p.m-4:30 p.m
Wednesday 20th July-7th September
After School group:
Wednesday 20th July-7th September
3:30 p.m-5:00 p.m
This year is flying by and I am pleased to offer the following classes for term 2. Classes run for 8 weeks at $96 per child or $15 per child as a casual rate (payable each week). This term we will be looking at artists from the Renaissance period, starting with making our own egg tempera paint.
Primary Homeschool art group:
Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m-12:00p.m
Starts: 26/4/16 -15/6/2016
Highschool art group:
Wednesday mornings at 10:30-12:00
After School art groups (all ages from grade 1 up)
Tuesday afternoons at 3:30-5:00
Starts: Tuesday 26/4/16-15/6/16
Wednesday afternoons at 3:30-5:00
Starts: Wednesday 27/4/16-16/6/16
Enquiries/ bookings : msg me on Facebook or text 0409497739
I have been mad keen on the ‘fairytales and fables’ theme with all of my students. For older artists, I like to keep things a little open ended, so their brief was: “an image inspired by a fairytale”….very broad, I know. We have already had conversations about the ins and outs of fairytale lore…it’s not just the realm of little children, some of them give a great insight into the history of the day…(Did you know that in the timeframe of the Grimm brothers, it was not uncommon for women to die in childbirth…..so, the cliche of the ‘evil stepmother’ found in the most popular fairy tales has some roots in real life situations).
Anyway, I’m really pleased with their efforts; they researched and chose images that had some meaning for them, and learnt the subtleties of using watercolour to boot.