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.

Register here at EventBrite…

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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Thanks to everyone who joined us today on zoom for a fun-filled workshop all about the cool dens we can build in the home or garden. Kids of all ages love to have their own special space where they can play, read, or just hide.

Den building is great for the imagination, designing, problem-solving, teamwork,  or just focusing & having fun. If you would like to share your creations that would be great.

 

We also shared the wonderful secret spaces that animals make – nests, dens & burrows – and did a great draw-a-long together. Why not have a go at drawing a cosy bird’s nest with a clutch of eggs in Pippa’s Scribbly Nest Workshop?

 

Here are some of our cool creations:

 

 

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.

 

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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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I’m so pleased to have my suminagashi marbling work featured in the latest edition of the prestigious Pressing Matters Magazine.

Suminagashi is the Japanese art of floating inks on the surface of the water to create a monoprint. It is a beautiful art that creates unique patterns, as the paint swishes and swirls on the bath.

Would you like to learn more about this ancient artform, and create your own stunning prints? Check out my live online workshop coming up soon…

Today was brilliant!

We had six students joining us on Zoom for the day from Derbyshire, Manchester, South Wales, Staffordshire & Lancashire for a Big Skies Online Workshop.

In these times of isolation, it was wonderful to spend a full day creating art, learning together, drinking tea and chatting with new friends. Everyone produced loads of stunning sketches, studies and paintings.

Student Artwork

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Absolutely loved the workshop – so much fun! It has really inspired me to do lots more. So nice to spend a complete day painting. I’m hoping to see you for th drawing one in the summer but online was great… would love to do more! Thanks again xx”

-Rhiannon Collins


Thank you so much for today, what a lovely breath of fresh air… I now feel inspired to do more.”

– Jo Tallis


I had a beautiful day, thank you! You did so well – it was really personable even though it was on zoom.”

– Susanna

As we are all faced with times of uncertainty due to the outbreak of COVID-19, I wish to reassure you that the safety and wellbeing of my clients and colleagues remain my primary concern and focus.

In view of this, and in line with recommendations and guidelines from the World Health Organisation and our Government, I will be canceling personal appearances at public events and group courses for at least the next 6 weeks. If you have already booked on one of my courses during that period you can expect me to hear from me soon.

However, I will be making more of my courses and artwork available online and I’ll be keeping in touch through Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. I’ll post updates on this as the situation develops. I wish you all a really creative time and please keep you, your loved ones and our community safe.”

– Much love, Pippa xx

If you would like to book tickets for this workshop click on the image above.

My suminigashi work is going to be featured in the next issues of the fabulous UPPERCASE Magazine and the prestigious Pressing Matters Magazine. Sooo excited!

***Now SOLD OUT!***

Pippa’s Kintsugi Workshop on May 12th 2020 at the absolutely fabulous Chatsworth House in Derbyshire’s Peak District.

In this Wabisabi inspired class you will work with real gold to repair stunning ceramic pieces that you can take home as treasured momentos at the end of the day.”

The Kintsugi package includes:

  • Beautiful handcrafted ceramics to work with
  • All craft materials & packaging
  • Tea, coffee and fruit juice on arrival
  • Chatsworth still and sparkling water
  • Mid-morning break: tea, coffee & mini pastries
  • Two-course lunch by the Chatsworth chefs
  • Mid-pm break including tea, coffee & biscuits
  • Complimentary parking
  • WIFI

Learn more or book your tickets through Pippa’s eventbrite page…

Suminagashi is the beautiful Japanese artform of floating inks on a bath of water to create a monoprint. This is normally done in the studio, but whenever possible I love to work in the wild – the great outdoors. The process involves using an ink stick which I grind onto an inkstone with a little water, moving it in a circular motion until I reach the right consistency of ink.

With the brush inked (and with minimal movement) I dip the tip of brush horizontally onto the surface of the water to create concentric circles. Various patterns and shapes – swishes and swirls reminiscent of the knots, grain and ring forms of trees, or the contours of maps and mountain ranges – are created by the breeze. It is a really wonderful process, something quite magical and serendipitous.

You never really know what kind of a print you will make, it is very dependent on the conditions; a sudden breeze, the movement of a dog or just your own breathing can affect the image, changing it in some way. It’s exciting knowing that just as every snowflake is different, so, too, is every print. No matter how many I produce no two will be the same; each one will be unique and special in some way. The prints are used in a number of ways – for book covers, endpapers, framed original prints or wrapping paper – depending on the purpose and the type of paper used. If you love playing with inks and hearing the soothing sound of water you will love this aqueous surface design printing method.”
– Pippa

Learn more about my Marbling & Suminagashi courses here…

I was absolutely thrilled to be featured in edition 42 of my favourite arty magazine, UPPERCASE, published by the amazingly talented and prolific Janine Vangool.

Kintsugi is the beautiful Japanese art of repauring broken pottery with gold, which is a wonderful metaphor for life. The cracks are our experiences in life. We don’t have to be broken by them, they can make us stronger and more beautiful. Instead of hiding the cracks that life brings, you embrace them and turn them into something unique, something magical. It is the experiences that happen to us that shape us and make us who we are, who we become.”

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…

It was a great honour to be asked to present this homage to the late, great Judith Kerr at Bath Children’s Literature Festival this weekend!

Judith Kerr (1923-2019) is best known as the writer and illustrator of such well-loved picture books as The Tiger Who Came to Tea, but for this celebration event I was also able to share the fascinating story of her early life as a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Germany. We re-enacted her most famous tale, read the rhythmical One Night In The Zoo and featured Judith’s new book, The Curse of the School Rabbit, posthumously released by her longtime publisher, HarperCollins.

I’d like to thank Bath Festivals for inviting me and for managing such a lovely production, HarperCollins for their support, and the wonderful and responsive audience of children and adults who joined in with the storytelling and activities.

You can book my Judith Kerr Interactive Storytelling & Workshop for your school or setting by clicking here…

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This new exhibition at Derby University marks the end of my artist residency in which I have worked alongside and lectured their third year MA Illustration students. Through the AA2A programme I have been able to share tips and techniques from my experience of working with publishers and agents to write and illustrate for the children’s picturebook market.

 

It was a lovely launch event with my fellow AA2A artists, faculty members, friends and family present. Thank you everyone!

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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.

I’ll be returning to the delightful Dove Valley Activity Centre in the Peak District National Park to host a Kintsugi Workshop on Tuesday 2nd July 2019. Tickets include materials, tuition, and fabulous cakes!

Kintsugi is the magical Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold. This workshop will involve learning some traditional and modern skills of repairing pots. The session will start with using handmade marbled paper, 24k gold leaf and gold thread as we learn about this ancient art. We will then work with a variety of ceramics which will be lovingly repaired using gold metal powder. Each piece restored will be unique and beautiful. This is a wonderful metaphor for life. The cracks and our experiences in life make us stronger, unique, precious and beautiful.

I wasn’t blessed with being good at art but that didn’t matter at all. Pippa is such a fabulous artist herself but a great teacher too and she enabled me to make something beautiful and learn about an age old art. The venue was stunning and the workshop a real joy. Can’t wait for the next one.”

Rachael

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:

 

 

To book an amazing Type Faces Workshop for your KS1/2 class, get in touch with Pippa here…

 

I was so excited to be invited by the BBC to share the inspiring story of FA Cup contenders, AFC Wimbledon and The Wombles with an amazing group of local schoolchildren. Our segment aired at the start of BBC One’s Football Focus shortly before the team’s 5th round match on Saturday 16th February – maybe you can still catch it on iPlayer . . .

Special thanks to the wonderful children and staff at Kings Oak Primary School, the highly helpful AFCW Foundation, and the super professional BBC crew!

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Limited Edition “Little Red” Silkscreen Print 20x20cm

Your chance to own or gift an original Pippa Pixley artwork. Each piece in this hand produced run of only ten silkscreen prints is stamped, signed and numbered by Pippa herself. 20cm x 20cm unframed. Price includes P&P within UK.

£12.00

I had the wonderful honour of presenting Axel Sheffler’s famous Pip & Posy stories to an amazing audience of 150 children in the stately Guildhall at Bath Children’s Literature Festival. The publishers, Nosy Crow, arranged for the children to meet a larger-than-life-sized Posy character, while I drew them into the story world through music, movement and mime.

Pip is very proud of his big red balloon. But when he lets the balloon go and it pops, he is inconsolable. Luckily, Posy has a clever idea to cheer up her friend and soon they are having fun again!

 

You can order a copy of Pip & Posy and The Big Balloon direct from Nosy Crow . . . 

 

 

In September 2018 Forest of Imagination took root in the heart of Bath.

I was thrilled to be invited by Forest of Imagination organisers 5x5x5=creativity to present my Scribble & Scrunch workshop and activities as part of the wider Bath Children’s Literature Festival.

This multi-sensory, interactive storytelling experience is crafted to inspire wonder, fire the imagination and to build the confidence to be creative. Originally developed for the classroom, then adapted for the stage, Scribble & Scrunch fitted perfectly into this urban forest environment of cardboard and paper. The children were so excited to enter the little box house and to discover within it a magical world of nautical adventures.

Find out how to arrange an amazing Scribble & Scrunch Storytelling for your event or school

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.

This morning, at Bradwell Junior School in the Hope Valley, I asked KS2 pupils to express why they love books so much! 

I love books because they can make a clear picture in my mind and charge my imagination.”

I love books because whatever you imagine is right and you can write your own.”

I love books because it makes me feel like I am in the author’s shoes.”

I love books because I like writing them and I also love them because when you get into them you don’t want to put it down.”

I love books because they inspire me to write stories.”

I love books because you can just lose yourself in them. They can be anywhere at anytime. They take your mind off troubles and worries. There are lots of them. They smell nice.”

I love books because they can transport you to different places without you going anywhere and because the impossible becomes possible.”