In the September edition of our series of artist demonstrations of delicious natural art materials, we focussed on understanding and using ancient drawing materials – rocks, minerals, clays, charcoal and ink!
Fine Artist Andrew Field and myself shared an exciting Wallace Seymour Fine Art workshop, demonstrating how to draw and paint using these historic tools and sharing stories and histories of how the old masters used them in their work. We were joined by special guest artist Hannah Ivory Baker who shared her practice. It is really exciting to explore new mediums and materials in our work and to see where these new possibilities can take us…
charcoal study by Hannah Ivory Baker
All art materials demonstrated can be found at www.artreq.co.uk where you will find over 60 varieties of ancient drawing materials to try out!
We enjoyed a fab 26 minute Wild Wonders Drawing Workshop via zoom to raise money for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. It is a wonderful international charity working hard to save species from extinction.
Our challenge was to see how many animals we could draw together in 26 minutes!
You can still make a donation (big or small) as every bit helps our lovely zoo animal friends.
We would have been at the stunning Lingholm Estate in the head of the English Lake District’s beautiful Borrowdale valley today along with other amazing artists and watercolourists for a full day of live art workshops, but as we can’t at the moment with conditions as they are, we decided to bring these demonstrations of delicious natural art materials from Wallace Seymour Fine Art Products to you at home.
We had over 30 artists and art lovers in attendance for the live zoom webinar from as far afield as Wales, Panama, and the United States. We shared a video of natural ink artwork made by Pip Seymour himself and two 30 minute demonstrations – I presented the botanical inks range and Andrew Field showed how he uses the 18th Century watercolours to produce Turner-esque effects. We also enjoyed a Q&A session, some friendly chat, and the experience of witnessing a little chick hatching from its egg live on camera!
Botanical Inks with Pippa Pixley –
These natural ancient materials are made from plants. These inks can be used neat or diluted with water to create wonderful soft washes.
Would you like to join me for my Nature Drawing Online Workshop? This half day course features some of the ancient drawing materials and natural inks demonstrated today – you will even receive a parcel in advance so we can all create beautiful artwork together…
Watercolour with Andrew Field –
Looking at watercolour painting techniques, moving from small studies to larger finished works.
You can order the featured art materials in the UK from Art Req Ltd.
This hands-on drawing session at the fantastic Jersey Zoo will have children laughing out loud as they learn Pippa’s top tips and techniques and hear her funny animal stories. Each session lasts one hour and is suitable for all ages and abilities
We use type all the time without really thinking about how and why we make the choices we do. As a picture book writer type is really important to me because the choices we make affect how our readers respond to the text. Typography is like a visual form of our voice – we can shout or whisper, we can talk fast or slow – it’s a wonderful way of illustrating what our voice can do. In my Type Faces Workshop we will learn about the anatomy of type, font families and design basics. I will share how type is used in everyday life – from street signs to newspapers, from cereal boxes to book covers – and how the type we use can affect the way we communicate. In the session we will play my Font Families game, learn to think like a picture book designer and use technology to create our own Type Face posters:
This rhyming picturebook follows two modern schoolkids as they embark on an amazing time-travelling adventure into the grimy world of the Rochdale of 1844. Before making it back to the future they meet some of the original Rochdale Pioneers and witness the opening of their first co-op shop. Along the way they explore the stinky streets, strict classrooms and dangerous workplaces of a Victorian mill town and discover what life was like for many children in the past.
The book is packed with historical facts and includes a glossary, reading comprehension questions and a set of activities ideal for use with KS1 children.
The first book in The Little Pioneers series has reached print proof stage which is fantastic!
It features Charlie, a four-year-old who loves to join in and play with his friends at nursery. He is based on one of the existing mascot characters used by Co-operative Childcare to promote their core values. Charlie is joined in this rhyming picturebook by four friends – Ping, Ela, Alice & Ebo – and they have fun as they create some amazing things together!
Each of Charlie’s Little Pioneer friends represents one of the organisation’s DOES values: Democracy, Openness, Equality & Social Responsibility. I’m already busy working on the next book in the series which features a girl called Ping and introduces concepts of democracy for children in the Early Years.