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In the September edition of our series of artist demonstrations of delicious natural art materials, we will focus on understanding and using ancient drawing materials – rocks, minerals, clays, charcoal and ink!

Join Fine Artist Andrew Field and myself as we share an exciting  Wallace Seymour Fine Art workshop. We will be demonstrating how to draw and paint using these historic tools and we’ll be sharing stories and histories of how the masters used these in their work. We have guest artist Hannah Ivory Baker joining us and sharing 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

This is a free ticketed online event.

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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!

 

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In the August edition of our series of artist demonstrations of delicious natural art materials, we focussed on recreating the colours of the sea and the sky using natural blue pigments.

Fine Artist Andrew Field and myself shared an exciting Summer Blues Workshop in which we demonstrated how to use Wallace Seymour Fine Art pigments to create beautiful signature blues for our seascapes and skies. We shared stories and histories as we made oils, watercolours, and tempura from pigments of naturally differing shades and hues. Andrew also took a moment to reflect on how Turner, John Sell Cotman, Thomas Girtin, and Constable created their signature skies in beautiful shades of blue.

Our special guest artist was the amazing Maggie Cochran! She showed us how she uses Wallace Seymour acrylic paints to capture the beauty of the Cornish coast.

Join us in September to explore their wide range of ancient drawing materials…

Wallace Seymour make beautiful quality fine art materials, specializing in rare and ancient colours used by the masters such as Turner and Rembrandt. They are a British company based in Yorkshire and run by artists Pip Seymour and Rebecca Wallace. They have a real passion for producing quality products. Their range of materials can be found at ArtReq and you can order online at Art Req Ltd.

 

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During lockdown I have been leading a series of Mindful Drawing Workshops for Headway’s Digital Day Centre platform during June and July. The charity works with brain injury survivors and their carers to help support recovery.

In our workshops I have shared a gestural mark-making approach that has helped to build confidence and dexterity. The workshops are a wonderfully mindful process as it teaches us to slow down and observe, to take notice and to wonder. I love to scribble and make gestural marks full of life and movement because there is no right and no wrong – it’s just about expressing yourself freely on the paper.

 

The virtual drawing workshops have been a huge success with the brain injury survivors we support. During the first set of sessions members have been learning how to create a simple illustration of a mouse, hedgehog and bird with great results using only a pencil, teabag and coffee!”

– Headway Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland

 

 

We decided to bring these demonstrations of delicious natural art materials from Wallace Seymour Fine Art Products to you at home.
In this live webinar I demonstrated tips and techniques for making your own pastels, while another fine artist, Andrew Field, shared the secrets of mixing your own acrylic and oil-based paints using a muller and glass plate to create signature colours and hues. It was lovely to have a friendly and enthusiastic audience of art lovers from as far afield as Canada and Japan – a big Thank You to everyone who joined our zoom tutorial!

Wallace Seymour make beautiful quality fine art materials, specializing in rare and ancient colours used by the masters such as Turner and Rembrandt. They are a British company based in Yorkshire and run by artists Pip Seymour and Rebecca Wallace. They have a real passion for producing quality products. Their range of materials can be found at ArtReq and you can order online at Art Req Ltd.

“This was brilliant, thank you. I’ve read about making paints, but it definitely helps to see someone do it themselves!” – Jane H

“Really enjoyed the demo, it was great! Thanks so much.” – Terry B

“Thank you so much to all of you involved in your brilliant online workshop today. Absolutely outstanding and much appreciated. All good wishes.” – Fran W

 

Watch out for our next live artist demonstrations in August in which we will focus on creating beautiful watercolour paintings using the fantastic Wallace Seymour range…

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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…

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Would you like to learn the art of creating beautiful paintings? Then this class is for you!

It is an exciting one-day course set in the heart of the Peak National Park. You will develop your skills in using line, tone, and colour. The day will begin by understanding the fundamental principles of light and tone, experimenting with a range of mixed media materials. I will show you how to translate and transcribe the landscape by slowing down and observing the surrounding environment through mark-making exercises using Japanese ink and charcoal.

You will develop palette themes, and experiment with mixing and making your own pigment paint with the ancient painting method of egg tempera (free-range organic eggs from my own hens) as well as making glazes and layers in acrylic, oil and cold wax. You will discover the secrets of how to apply contrast, colour theory, and tonal values to create beautiful scenes.

This workshop will be hosted in the delightful hamlet of Hollinsclough in the Upper Dove Valley, and is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned artists. Everyone will leave relaxed, refreshed and infused with creativity. All materials will be provided as well as refreshments throughout the day – including lunch, tea, coffee, cake – you just need to bring an apron!

Landscape Painting Workshop – Sat Nov 9th –  10.00am – 4.00pm – £110

 

You can book a place by visiting CraftCourses.com or message me with any questions via my contact page…

A huge THANK YOU!!! to the wonderful people at Unity Theatre, Liverpool and to the children, parents and teachers from Abercromby Nursery who helped to make the world premiere of A Polar Bear in a Snow Storm such an amazing experience. Special thanks to Louise Flooks for arranging everything, to Phil for the beautiful lighting, and to Kayden and Eden for their puppetry performance and hard work!

Meet Arty, a little polar bear who loves to draw and make marks but lives in a world of white – as white as a blank sheet of paper.  He wishes he had colours to use so he sets out on a quest to find some. This story introduces early years mark making skills and an understanding of how colours work. The performance lasts 30mins and is followed by 30mins mark-making, drawing and storytelling workshop ideal for children aged 3-5.
Amazing and inspiring! Thank you so much!” – Rachael Grinyer, Head of English

As part of Bath Children’s Literature Festival I had opportunity to spend a day at the excellent Paragon School.

 

I started with a performance of Scribble & Scrunch for the Nursery children. My characters Tiger Louie and Dash & Doodle visited the Reception children to inspire them in storying and illustration.

 

Then with Year 1 we made monster pop-ups tied in with my Monsters Love Words picture book that features rhythm, rhyme and onomatopoeia. I  shared my Night Walk story and worked with them to produce their own journey narratives using maths language. They produced a beautifully illustrated concertina book with glow-in-the-dark features for the class to keep.

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I was thrilled to be invited back to share this magical performance and exciting workshop for a new generation of pupils at Liverpool’s Abercromby Nursery School as part of their visit to Unity Theatre. It was great to have access to such excellent facilities – atmospheric lighting & immersive sound – along with superb support from the house technical team and management. The children and staff from Abercromby really enjoyed the experience and posted their own gallery of images from the day on the school’s website.

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I’ve just completed a fun mark-making project working with 2-3 year olds at Staghills Children’s Centre in Rawtenstall, Lancashire. Parents joined their children for stories and activities on several dates including today’s celebration event. The brief included creating 3D sculptural work whilst helping the children to develop confidence in using a wide range of marking media and materials. I began each session by sharing an exciting story selected to inspire a particular approach to mark-making. Over 6 weeks we experimented with:

  • Drawing with chunky wax crayons on paper
  • Stamping on fabric with fruits and vegetables
  • Painting tracks with toy cars and dinosaurs
  • Printing with bubblewrap and foam shapes
  • Marking with fabric crayons, paints and markers
  • Creating & decorating cardboard structures
  • Making lanterns using wax crayons on yupo paper

Some of the activities produced beautiful decorations on squares of fabric. I quilted these together to create an 8ft teepee and some gorgeous scatter cushions – a perfect place for telling stories!

I have now been invited to extend my stay into the Summer Term to work with the same children as they progress to the next stage as storytellers and emergent writers . . .