Posts Tagged ‘workshops’

‘Art at The HeART’ Erewash

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

As mentioned before I have been lucky this year to have the opportunity to be part of the ”Art at The HeART’ Erewash. I attended 5 free workshops and learned about working with people with Dementia and had the great time shadowing an Artist at  Midway Hospital Ilkeston. I had the chance to run a ‘Drawing for Wellbeing Workshop! Please see Photos…

Arts at The HeART Exhibition

Arts at The HeART ExhibitionMidway Day Hospital "Drawing for Wellbeing workshop'Dot to Dot Drawings

Arts 4 Health Workshops, Drawing for Wellbeing

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Blimey, It’s the end of May, time has flown by this year like a little blue butterfly.

I have been fluttering like a blue butterfly here there and everywhere for the last couple of Months, thinking, networking, drawing, creating and learning. I’ll explain, on my wish list  I have many things I would like to pursue but one thing at the top of my list  is to do more Arts 4 Health workshops  as I use drawing to de-stress and unwind myself .I would like to help others with want I’ve learnt over the years from my own experiences. So since before Christmas I’ve been helping with a NHS Mental Health All being Well Art Group and I’m enjoying every minute of it. I’ve also attended a Free course  called ‘Art at The HeART’ Erewash to learn how to work with dementia patients and have been shadowed an artist and have gained a lot of experience within this area of participatory arts, besides it’s getting me out the house more as being freelance can be really lonely job sometimes and being creative and encouraging others also helps my creativity too. SO to keep my workshops separate to my commercial work I have created a new strand to my business ‘Creative Wellbeing & Artists Workshops’ with Kate Smith Designs and I’m specialising in ‘Drawing for Wellbeing’. On June the 7th I’m having my first exhibition Stand at an Arts 4 Health Event Caring Creatively Networking Day. As you may guess I’ve been busy creating a new logo and marketing material- I hope you like it?

Creative Wellbeing & Artist Workshops

Creative Wellbeing & Artist Workshops

I’m hoping to blog more to keep you updated with my new Adventure.

Happy Sunshine!

Monday, January 31st, 2011

The Sun has definitely had his hat on today, he has made the  winter morning frost sparkle!

Happy Sunshine

Happy Sunshine

I have lots to smile about this January, I’ve managed to meet up with  lots of dear friends, who I’ve not seen for along time. I’m planning a Arts for Health drawing project at the Quad in Derby which will be a number of workshops , I’m really excited about it. Arts for Health is an area I’ve always wished to get involved with, so there’s another ticked box on my wish list!

Just before Christmas I have started to create some more secret friends which I’m enjoying, I’m in the 2nd phase of development…. but I’m afraid I can’t say any more than that at the moment.

I have updated Minty & Monty’s Logo, see what you think, comments gratefully received.

Minty & Monty New Tree Logo Colour

Minty & Monty New Tree Logo Colour

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Happy Friday & Belated Best Wishes for the New Year!

I’m So Sorry it’s BEEn along time, I’ve got lots to tell you………

I’m involved with the Quad Derby and really gaining lots of experience helping and designing workshops the people there are a lovely bunch to work with,  I have  already got a few really successful workshops under my sleeve. I’ve designed and ran , titles such as  Books that  Flip, Spin & Pop-up and  a Doodle Fun, I’ve got loads more ideas for other workshops, so watch this space!!

The Quad in Derby is a really Creative Friendly place , it’s well worth a visit.

I’ve also got a few other Freelance Jobs on the go from Wall Charts to Number books.

This Year I’ve had another  Grant application accepted so that I can continue to have marketing advice from Piu Ltd and update the wording to my website to add to it the extra services I can provide such as Workshops, Graphic Design, Picture Minutes!! My Friend Eileen Parr is putting pen to paper this very minute.

This week we’ve just had new windows put in at home and my husband has decided to put brush in paint and decorate the house…..he’s starting with the bathroom.

Bee on a sticky note

Bee on a sticky note

“Don’t Stop Believing” Exhibition Quad Derby

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Exhibition ceiling

Exhibition ceiling

Exhibition hall Quad

Exhibition hall Quad

Finally got the chance to have a look at the Exhibition I helped with during the summer at the Quad in Derby!

I attended  all  of the family  work shops which involved making imagery for the following stations:

Interactive Forest, Virtual Telescope, Animation X & Touch Screen  Arcade Machine. I had a wonderful time in the summer being involved in such a rewarding and creative  project. Please take a peek at some of the photos of the exhibition I took for my happy memory box! Can you spot some of my characters in a tree ?….Tweet Tweet!!

Kate in Interactive Forest

Kate in Interactive Forest
Kate in the middle of interactive Forest
Kate in the middle of interactive Forest
Side view of Forest

Side view of Forest

5 legged elephant

5 legged elephant

 Pink Bunny!

Pink Bunny!

Interactive Forest info

Interactive Forest info

Exhibition Stations

Exhibition Stations

Matching Pairs Game

Matching Pairs Game

Matching pairs lion character

Matching pairs lion character

touch screen game snow monster

touch screen game snow monster

Rollar Coaster

Rollar Coaster

kite and man with hat

kite and man with hat

Plane 1

Plane 1

Plane 2

Plane 2

Plane 3

Plane 3

plane 4

plane 4

Halloween Caricature-Workshops

Monday, October 26th, 2009
Halloween caricature Workshop

Halloween caricature Workshop

I’ve been asked by the Long Eaton Art Room to do three 45 minute taster sessions on 31st October -I’ve decided to do

Halloween Caricature- Workshops, the good news is that the workshops are being  funded through a successful funding application.

This is the promotional cartoon I have done quickly today, whilst listening to Paolo Nutini-my husband treated me to the album ‘Sunny Side Up’ this weekend, my favourite song is Pencil Full Of Lead!!

Paolo Nutini-Sunny Side Up!

Paolo Nutini-Sunny Side Up!

Quad Exhibition

Monday, October 19th, 2009

During the month of August, I was fortunate to be asked by the Quad to help with several digital family workshops

Interactive Forest, Virtual Telescopes, Animation X & Touch Screen Games, I really enjoyed every minutes of the workshops and gained lots of invaluable experience. Before I went on holiday to Devon  I was asked to do Photoshop work- cleaning up the photographs that had been taken of the families artwork, there was a lot of plastercine models which needed their  backgrounds made transparent-in technical terms!!

I was also given the opportunity to submit some of my own work to the final exhibition, which would mainly be used for the interactive Forest and was delighted to be told that I would be credited!

As I’ve been really busy since I returned back from my holidays, I’ve not had the chance to visit the Quad and look at the final exhibition. I definitely  going to visit in the next two weeks as I’m really quite excited about it all!!

Please see the artwork I submitted, each element had to be individual, hence thats why the artwork is a little  random!

Do hope you like them……?

Forest Illustrations

Forest Illustrations

School Workshops – came out of the Blue!

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Last month I bumped into my Senior School Art Teacher, out of the Blue at an Arts Council meeting!

We both got chatting and she asked me if I would be interested in running 4 Photoshop CS3 workshops to sixth formers on Thursday mornings! I said “Yes please”!

Over the last month I have spent alot of my time  preparing the workshops, as it is all very new to me!

The students have been working on the themes Knots, Materials and Folds so  I have planned 3 workshops:

 

• How to Draw over an image in Photoshop CS3

• Repeat Pattern

• Random Repeat Pattern

Draw over an image-Photoshop CS3

knot Pattern

The first workshop should have started on the 5th February-but unfortunately the School was cancelled because of unexpected snow!

 I took most of the morning off,  after egg and soldiers and a cup of tea. I had  lots of fun  in the snow  with my niece and dad, we made a Snowman and danced around in our ‘Patterned Wellies!’

wellies in the snow

  snowman  tree in the snow

I’m now half way through the workshops and have really enjoyed it , they’re a lovely bunch of students to work with, I’ll be very sad when I come to do the last workshop, as working in my old Art classroom has brought back so many happy memories!

3rd & 17th September – Creative Industry Network workshops (CIN)

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

I attended 2 invaluable workshops ‘Back to the Future’  which was all about business planning and ‘Life’s a Pitch’! on Presentation skills.  Both only cost a fiver each which was worth every penny.

Tracy Pepper from Piu-a little more

She presented a really informative workshop about business planning. She also provides a service called walking coach where she takes clients out in the countryside – I really liked this idea -she was very impressed with my business card and mission statement.

Kate Lee presented the ‘Life’s’ a Pitch” workshop.  It was a laugh a minute. She gave me some really useful comments on my presentation skills. I’m one of the 90% of people who hate giving presentations.  I generally have to lower the pitch of my voice as it seems to get higher with nerves when I talk to an audience. Her advice was as follows:

“Meanwhile do those simple little exercises (the humming glide and the humm humm agreeing noise, then speaking on that note.  It’s very much about trying out new sounds and using them.  Read aloud lowering the pitch slightly - a little every day and gradually it won’t feel so strange.  It’s all about re-training muscles.  The breathing and ‘centring’ will be excellent for you too”. 


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