Through this workshop I share my passion for painting water & stones & the feeling of calm it gives me. I bring my paintings and stone collection to this session along with natural treasures through the seasons; spring blossom, summer flowers, autumn leaves, seeds & frozen pools in winter. Participants are encouraged to enjoy this visual feast then to draw & paint what they see or feel allowing freedom & flexibility to create their individual ideas in an expressive or representational way. We also take a look at artists who have been inspired by this subject. This session originally was developed when working with patients on the Nightingale Macmillan Unit at Royal Derby Hospital & has been delivered numerous times adapted through the seasons for group sessions and bedside activities. Since then I have delivered Painting Pools sessions within my own art groups & for Melbourne Festival, Artcore's Creative Living sessions & Creative Carers.
This session is designed particularly for people who may have lost touch with their creative selves. Through sharing my creative processes I aim to help you relax, be playful & enjoy the creative process. Developed for all levels of experience, participants are presented with a wide range of creative possibilities and supported throughout the day. Everyone is encouraged to start their own sketchbook then explore working with different art materials; paint, pastels, charcoal, natural or recycled materials. Making the first marks on canvas can be quite scary so I support participants to let go of their fears & enjoy the creative process. I develop this session to meet the needs of your group whether it's for an organisation, business, school or group of friends. Please contact me if you wish to discuss the possibilities. "There is no must in art because art is free" Kandinsky
I am interested in ancient healing practices around the world & how they have developed from culture, history, philosophy and natural resources. I decided to learn about the five elements creating a series of paintings choosing to work on the Chinese elements; water, fire, earth, metal & wood. Focusing on one element each session brings everyone closer to the natural world & the elements providing opportunities to work with; acrylic paint, pastels, charcoal, natural materials & recycled metallic materials. Each session I make reference to other artists work & bring in my paintings of the five elements for inspiration to try out different techniques & discover their own.
Since painting my collection of Chakra paintings I have developed and delivered painting sessions for Air Arts on the Nightingale Macmillan unit at Royal Derby Hospital & at Artcore's Creative Living for the over 55s. I take my paintings to the sessions sharing my new painting process with the participants. I then encouraged participants to play with mixing different tones & shades of their colour of choice then moved on to paint their own canvases.
For over two years I have been delivering the art sessions for Artcore's Creative Living project . The project aims to support older people in Derby to live rich and fulfilling lives within their communities through creative engagement to enjoy improved health, well being & quality of life. The project aimed to enhance the talent, experience & enthusiasm of over 55s in the creative arts by delivering visual arts & dance workshops by Artcore and Deda in various community venues in Derby starting from October 2017 to February 2020.
I delivered the weekly art sessions in six different settings within Derby, four within sheltered housing. The aim was to bring people together, reduce social isolation through art leaving an established group which would be self sustaining. Each week I planned a different theme bringing in objects of interest to encourage discussions and new artistic explorations. Over the period I introduced a variety of mediums and techniques for everyone to experiment with. Each participant was given a sketchbook in which to gather images of interest & practice drawing in the session and at home.
Many participants had not done any drawing or painting since their school days, so sometimes it took a lot of encouragement to have a go. It was delightful to see how their confidence grew & how they developed their artistic skills over the time; It was wonderful to see the excitement when their work was exhibited at the end of the sessions.
"Thank you so much for opening up the world of art to us. None of us felt we had any talent when we arrived at the first session. I looked at the variety of beautiful work that we have produced between us over the past few months & was overwhelmed"
"A wonderful day-so much needed. I was so excited when I saw all the materials-I wish I could do it everyday! I felt a sense of peace & restoration I have not felt in quite a while."
"I'd forgotten I smoke, I was so focused on this & I forgot all about it!"
"It has been a fantastic day. It has reminded me of how much I enjoy art & exploring my creative side. I hope to continue it as you have suggested."
"The session was brilliantly delivered by Victoria you were very inspirational Thank you very much!
"Empowering the creative thank you!"
"Inspiring to have the time to "be" & revisit the wells that need refreshing, thank you for creating such a memorable & valuable day I can see the difference it has made to the staff & certainly to me"
"Wonderful session, very de-stressing, I find Victoria very approachable & caring."
"Its amazing what I can do when I put my mind to it!"
"Painting is very therapeutic."
The Studio, Weston on Trent, Derby
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