The Drawing Group
Imperial Health Charity
OPEN: Art at The Old Church
Cell Animation with Katy Beverage
Short breaks at Community Focus
Batik at The Geffrye Museum
St Josephs Pastoral Care
Art Club at Highgate School
Batik at TOC
Batik at Free Space Gallery
Lady Skinner Ward - Postcards and Painting
Image Transfer Cushions
Winter at TOC
Wildlife Illustrations with Girl Guides
Mixed Media Portraits at TOC
African Image Making at Radley College
Batik Workshop for Celebration of Age Day
Art Picnic with Cubitt
Lubavitch Childrens Centre
Average Arts Magazine
Reed Drawings at The Claremont Project
Layered Drawings workshop for The Old Church
Windmill Workshops for the Breathe Festival
Zines at The Claremont Centre
Mixed Media at Claremont
Ceramics at 1A Arts
Art Therapy Portfolio Building
Inspired by Arts in Dementia workshop at The V&A
Wetlands Workshop at TOC
Outdoor Flower Sculpture with Community Focus
An Invitation To Create
Media Arts with The London Lens Project
The Drawing Group 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...
Imperial Health CharityI 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
OPEN: Art at The Old ChurchThese 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.
Cell Animation with Katy Beverage 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.
Short breaks at Community FocusDuring 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!
Hackney ArtsI 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.
DeafBlindUK 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.
Batik at The Geffrye MuseumI recently delivered a Batik workshop at The Geffrye Museum in partnership with Hackney Arts. The light and spacious building was a treat to work in and the participants were extremely focused! See my events page to book tickets to the next one!
St Josephs Pastoral CareI 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 ArtAverage 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.
Bedside Bunting 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.
Art Club at Highgate SchoolI 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.
Batik at TOCSuch 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.
Batik at Free Space GalleryThis 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.
Lady Skinner Ward - Postcards and PaintingOne 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.
SchoolsI 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.
Tie-DyeHad 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!
Image Transfer Cushions 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.
Winter at TOCI 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.
Sensory CushionsI'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.
Tile MakingI have been taking a series of tile making classes with Matthew Raw of RAW Ceramics - a highly experienced practicioner who has recently completed a V&A residency - to widen my knowledge and experience of clay work.
Media ArtsThis 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.
Silk Painting 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.
Wildlife Illustrations with Girl GuidesGirl 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.
Mixed Media Portraits at TOCI regularly facilitate the monthly Open Arts sessions at TOC. These sessions are open for all ages and abilities to attend. This months session was based around Mixed Media Portraits, using inks and bleach, candles and watercolours and oil pastels.
African Image Making at Radley CollegeRadley College hold an annual cultural day and this year they celebrated africa. Along side talks, discussion, dance and drama, I delivered African Image Making workshops for 250 students aged 14-16.
Batik Workshop for Celebration of Age Day I facilitated a Batik workshop as Celebration of Age Day - an event held in Harefield Hospital, run by Akademi (a community dance organisation).
Art Picnic with CubittCubitt 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.
Lubavitch Childrens CentreI 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.
Average Arts MagazineThis month Average Arts Magazine has published a piece of my work - a line drawing inspired by an old family photograph.Average Art Magazine is an industry focused art magazine with the goal of drawing attention to self representing artists.
Reed Drawings at The Claremont ProjectI used freshly cut reeds from Clapton pond, dipped into ink for an over 55's drawing class at The Claremont Project. I cut the ends of the reeds (towards the root) with a scissors on various different angles to create a calligraphy style drawing tools. The reeds can be used time and time again but when they are fresh they absorb more ink and flows nicely onto the paper.
Layered Drawings workshop for The Old ChurchI was the lead facilitator for a Layered Drawings workshop at The Old Church – a Community Arts venue in Stoke Newington. I based the session on my own drawing style and methods, guiding around 30 participants of all ages through various drawing exercises. I used inspirational photographs from events and projects, which had taken place in the building as subject matter, then the artworks were hung in the space for everyone to enjoy.
Windmill Workshops for the Breathe FestivalBreathe was a three week community arts festival in Stoke Newington. I assisted on the facilitation of windmill making workshops with various community groups. The windmils were then displayed in the grounds of The Old Church and participants from the workshops were invited to a celebration ceremony to enjoy their collaborative art work together.
Zines at The Claremont CentreI spend Monday afternoons assisting the over 55's arts workshops which are run by Cubitt Arts at The Claremont Centre. This was a three week project based on creating Zines to be displayed at the Cubitt summer ball which this year is themed around comics.
Mixed Media at ClaremontThis week at Claremont we explored acrylics using pallet knives. Working loosely to the theme of cityscapes, with limited materials, the individual works were remarkably different!
Ceramics at 1A ArtsI assist on the after school ceramics classes at 1A Arts - part of Holborn Community Association. The children (aged 6-11 year olds) are able to learn lots of different skills and techniques whilst being creatively free in the decision making process in terms of design. The group and their work is hugely imaginative and inspiring!
Bedside WorkshopsI now deliver regular one to one creative bedside workshops to patients on a number of wards in both St Mary's Hospital and in Charring Cross Hospital. The wards I work on specialize in Elderly care and the capabilities of individuals differs greatly. The sessions are highly focused towards sensory stimulation and involve scents, tactile materials and inspirational imagery along with basic arts materials to use. For this session, we focused on winter, using star punches and letter stamps to increase hand mobility.
Art Therapy Portfolio Building This is a clay figure I created on The Claremont Centre Arts Therapy Portfolio Building course. This exercise was to intuitively explore and represent the human body through clay. This was a ten week course that introduced me to numerous group exercises for therapeutic arts.
Lavender FestivitiesOne of the wards that I regularly visit in Charing cross hospital kindly invited me to join in their Christmas party. A fantastic spread of food was put on by the nurses (much of it home made!), a guitarist played Christmas requests that we all sang along to, and I visited the bedsides of those who weren't able to join in at the table, making lavender pouches with fabric and festive seaquins.
Inspired by Arts in Dementia workshop at The V&AI attended a workshop at The V&A as part of Dementia awareness week. I participated in a number of the arts activities including making a ceramic tile with Chelsea and Westminster Plus and printed gift cards, using pizza boxes and acrylic paint, with Westminster Arts. I am currently developing my own workshops with a focus to helping people who have Dementia.
First AidI completed my First Aid training course at The Old Church in Stoke Newington. Here's my mannequin!
Wetlands Workshop at TOCIn celebration of the Woodberry Wetlands - a newly opened local reservour and nature reserve - I facilitated a Wetlands themed session for the Open Art workshops at The Old Church. Activities included drawing with reeds and inks and creating wire birds with fabric feathers.
Outdoor Flower Sculpture with Community FocusI assisted on the summer youth arts course at Community Focus. We made these flowers from plastic bottles and cups, and decorated them with acrylic paints. These then became part of a huge outdoor sculpture as the flowers were screwed into a wooden trellis creeping up the outside wall near the entrance to the building.
PrintingThis month I have been using low cost or recycled materials to experiment with printing. I have worked with numerous groups to make T-Shirts, wallpaper and cushions all using items such as plastic bottles and milk cartons, paper doilies, corrugated card, hand made stencils and food containers, combined with paints / fabric paints.
Halloween Felts Made with felt, cotton wool and various stitching techniques. This was part of a 10 week textiles project that I worked on for young people who are suffering from mental health illnesses.
An Invitation To Create Here's a sneak peak of the prototype I'm working on for the Imperial Collage Health Care charity. The charity have commissioned me to design a creative pack intended for elderly patients to use during their hospital stay. The pack is designed to stimulate, inspire and divert thoughts in a creative and positive way.
Media Arts with The London Lens ProjectThis was a great photography workshop focused towards capturing a split second moment using water droplets colored with paints. We also used water balloons and pins which was great fun. This was part of a 6 week Media Arts project that I assisted on held at Holborn Community Association. The project was run by The London Lens Project and was open for 11-16's to take part in.
Art Therapy I attended a number of group art therapy sessions at London Art Therapy Center to gain a deeper understanding of using art as a therapeutic tool for self discovery. In one of the sessions, I created this name collage. The central 'i' became the topic of conversation, standing out with the 3D dot at the top. We discussed the id and the ego and the third eye.
ARTiculateARTiculate is a project run by Community Focus, facilitating therapeutic arts workshops for young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. I work as one of the tutors for this project and recently ran a workshop where I taught a variety of mixed media techniques which the students then used to express the cognitive, psychological and behavioural effects they experienced whilst listening to music.
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