A bi-weekly class that I teach at Battersea Place. This is a residential community of retired people who are very keen to progress with their drawing skills. We have covered subjects such as hands, faces, still life compositions and have used a range of media including pencil, charcoals, quill and ink...
I run weekly workshops for the charity across numerous wards including Elderly Care and Neuro Rehab, working in St Mary's Hospital (Paddington) and Charing Cross Hospital (Hammersmith). My workshops are focused towards sensory and intellectual stimulation, with a highly personal and therapeutic approach. I work with groups and on a one-to-one basis. The hospital staff are very pleased with the workshops!
'Many thanks Rhian, patient as been busy drawing ever since! Brilliant therapy.' - Linda Batten, Witherow Ward Manager
These monthly weekend workshops are all about bringing the community together. All ages, backgrounds and abilities gather together in the magical space of St Mary's Old Church in Stoke Newington to take part in interactive and educational art sessions. I regularly facilitate these sessions and my previous workshops have involved Batik, Printing, Mixed Media Portraits and Alternative Drawing Techniques! Look out on my events page for more dates.
I supported animator Katy Beverage in launching her upcoming series of Cell Animation Workshops. We worked with a group of 16 people at Nam Studios, teaching techniques such as shrink and grow, morphing and explosions to create a collaborative group piece in just 3 hours.
During school holidays I often assist on the Short Breaks programmes which are usually week long courses that are action packed full of creative activities and games for young people who have special education needs. Over Easter we had a fab time making dream catchers, bird houses, planting seeds and experimenting with this amazing (pictured) nature paper!
I worked on the Hackney Arts 'Kids Who Can!' programme of easter Holidays Art classes for kids. I delivered an afternoon of recycled arts including wallets from cartons, magazine jewellery, kebab box prints and egg box wreaths! All in the enchanting setting of Shoreditch Nomadic Community Gardens.
I'm currently working with DeafBlindUk to deliver a series of sensory workshops. Many of the workshops have been based around fresh herbs. We chat about recipes and folk tales whilst making herbal teas, bouquets, pressing leaves and seeds into air drying clay and making small lavander pillows with essential oils.
I run a weekly 'Stage in the Making' class for Adults who have learning difficulties and disabilities. I work closely with the drama and music teacher to plan the visual outcomes of the sessions around the topics and storyline in the annual play. This is a mixed media class and sessions can include anything from paper mache, beaded curtins and collage to foam sculptures and recycled cities!
Average Art is an industry focused art magazine focused on drawing attention to self representing artists. I'm very pleased to be featured in their magazine for the second time! They'll be publishing this Batik drawing of mine in their March edition. More of my drawings can be found here.
I had an idea to create textile flags at patients bedsides, working on the elderly care wards across two London hospitals. It proved to be rather successful! The patients were more inclined to take part because there was an overall aim: to make a collaborative string of bunting to decorate the ward with. It was really lovely to see visitors joining in too and really lifted the mood. The fabrics I used were tactile and eye catching and people enjoyed rummaging through the box to choose their favourites.
I recently worked with the after school arts club at Highgate Secondary School. The students turned drawing on its head - in some cases literally! Using alternative parts of the body to create great big group drawings.
Such a great turn out last Saturday at TOC . I delivered a Batik workshop to 30 participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities as part of their monthly Open Arts sessions. Couples, young illustrators, families and friends all working along side one another making beautiful wax drawings in the ancient and inspiring space.
This was a 3 week project for 12 adult participants in Jan 2017. I introduced participants to various Batik techniques including working with different fabrics and dye, methods of applying wax to achieve different design effects, working on different scales, removal of the wax and fixing of the dye. The class was hugely energetic and social.
'Rhian was very clear in her explanations and very helpful and encouraging - thank you! Lovely to have something that was such fun to do and a perfect way to spend a winter afternoon and meet new people.' - Annie Todd, course participant.
One of the wards that I work on in Charing Cross hospital has recently moved to a much bigger, brighter space on the 5th floor. I have been making use of the large communal room they now have - it makes a huge difference that the patients can sit as a group and enjoy the creative workshops together. This week we did some silk painting alongside stamping messages onto blank post cards to send to friends and relatives.
I work in schools and collages on an ad-hock basis, usually for a special event or to celebrate the end of term. I have worked with all ages and sessions have includes things like bag design and printing, art from recycled materials and african art.
'Rhian is passionate, kind and in control and the children responded really well to her style. She's kind and approachable too which is fabulous.' - year 8 teacher, South London primary school.
Had a great Tie Dye session this week. The students (aged 13-17) used a verity of fabrics including cotton, linen, muslin and we also re-cycled the lining of an old curtain!
I'm currently running a Textiles course for young people aged 13-18 who have mental health problems. This week the students selected Iconic imagery to transfer onto plain fabric which they then customised with fabric paints, stitching and applique before sewing into cushions.
I facilitate the monthly Open Arts Sessions for The Old Church in Stoke Newington. This session reflected on the unique formations of individual snowflakes. Participants made their own snowflakes -cutting geometric shapes from old clothes and scraps of fabrics, then using a laminator machine to bind their creations together. We also used rock salt and watercolors to paint frosty landscapes.
I've been working on a sensory textiles project in a care home with people who are living with Dementia. Through spending time with the participants in their own environment and getting to know them individual, the work had progressed into a series of 'sensory cushions', full of tactile elements such as beads, buttons, furry fabrics and pockets. These additional elements can be therapeutic for 'busy' hands.
This week in Media Arts (part of 1A Arts - Holborn Community Association where I assist on an ad hoc basis) the students were working on 3D pieces for their upcoming 'Glitch' exhibition.
I have recently done some silk painting workshops in various settings including for a collage open day and a for care home. Participants have enjoyed both the sensation of applying the dyes to the silk and the aesthetic effects of the translucent fabric against natural light.
Girl Guides were running a special event for their youngest members - the Rainbows (5-7's). They were looking for a variety of new experiences to offer the Rainbows. The theme for the day was about getting outdoors and exploring the natural world. I facilitated a 2 hour outdoor workshop using reeds, wild flowers, watercolours and model birds for 60 x Rainbows.
Cubitt is a community arts organisation based in Islington. I worked with Cubitt on their annual Art Picnic held on Islington Green. It was particularly focused towards over 55's but was open to the general public for all to enjoy and join in with. A live Jazz band played intermittently. Painters and dancers responded visually to the music - the painters worked on large paper, taping brushes to long sticks. The dancers moved through the park as a group, moving spontaneously but yet still synchronised. It was a really special event.
I was commissioned by Lubavitch Children's Centre to create a mural for a large wall inside their centre in collaboration with the children who attend the centre. I facilitated workshops where the children made 3D flowers from paper cups and painted them bright colours. We then created a back drop using leaves as stencils and sponge painting over them in various shades of brown onto large sheets of this card. I pinned the 3D flowers onto the board and now the mural is on display in the entrance of the centre for everyone to view.