In my life I've always been extraordinary lucky in that what I most need always comes my way at the exact moment I need it.
I'm hugely grateful for this, especially now as I pursue this precarious thing called Writing.
Out of the blue I got a facebook invite to the graduation exhibition of a friend's daughter.
Enter Anastasia Scudamore who reminded me that she ran an art club with her dad, Dimitri Scudamore. My brain started doing complex gymnastic moves.
My mouth opened before I could stop it. I asked Anastasia if she'd be willing to get her art club kids to do some drawings for the story and before I knew what was what, dragons were flying all over my living room.
Here is Anastasia with an art club expose.
"‘Kid’s do Art’ takes place on Saturday mornings from 10-12 at St Luke’s Community Hall in Battersea.
It was mainly my dad’s idea as he wanted to continue his love for art and teaching so he decided to start the art club. It was a perfect opportunity for me and my dad, as at the time, I was still at University studying fine art painting and I loved the idea of sharing my ideas and knowledge of art with the children.
I have been working alongside my dad for 5 years. Working with a family a member, especially my dad, is very inspirational and although we both have different styles, we bounce ideas off each other. I have studied Fine Art painting and I share my knowledge of contemporary art and artists as well as the past movements that have made art what it is today. So my dad is a pleasure to work with and I have also learnt new and exciting techniques that sometimes influence my own practice.
The types of projects we do each week include working from different styles, techniques, time periods, movements and artists. We explore sculpture, painting, collage, printing, observational drawing, figurative, abstract, perspective and many more. As well as teaching them techniques we also introduce them to artists and movements relevant to that style."
All the drawings created by the Kid’s do Art club can be viewed through my author page on facebook. But individual drawings will also be featured with the story and on this blog.
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You can see what Anastasia is up to by checking out her website.