On Friday 1st December the children from Drama Ted and Art Ted filed into the Art Room to be greeted by a pleasant surprise – the locally renowned abstract artist, David Walton, was waiting to start an art workshop.
Firstly he gave examples of different types of paint, such as acrylic, poster paint, watercolours, tempera (using starch, not egg) and powder paint. He let us experiment and take notes on these different types of paints.
Next, as we listened to classical music based on the sea, we started to paint, inspired by the mood the music was creating….
After much persuading to pull away from our sea-inspired artwork, we sat down on the carpet to enjoy yet another treat – we were about to discover David’s amazing artwork. He showed us detailed portraits he had drawn previously, and his beautiful abstract art of historical drawings and images.
His art had left us gaping in awe, and as we filed out of the room we all knew this art workshop had both given us more knowledge than we could ask for and left a fond memory in each one of our hearts.
The workshop was part of an RBSA project funded by the GJW Turner Trust and the Grimmitt Trust. The aim of the project was to encourage children to learn new skills from a practising artist. Visiting the RBSA Gallery the following day helped encourage them to develop a love of visiting galleries, where they can experience first hand the thrill of seeing actual art work. All the children truly benefited from these exciting opportunities and were clearly inspired to develop their own skills further. Thank you to all the parents who dropped off pupils at the Gallery – this is a huge help and enables these trips to take place.
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