Last Post of the Year


Phew! Just about managed to get another post in there, before the year ends! This one is a hybrid, an old drawing revisited through Adobe Draw and Pencil by 53. Lots of different projects going on at the same time, and I’m still learning, but I really enjoy Pencil!

So let’s send off this challenging 2016, and I’ll see you next year!


Christmas Creativity


Every once in a while there comes a time in the school year, when all boxes get ticked, and we Art Teachers are able to dexterously wear all our different hats, without feeling that one is to the detriment of the other. Syllabus gets taught, students learn something new about the Creative Process, costs are minimal, and all for a good cause. If that doesn’t fill a teacher with the season’s cheer, then I don’t know what will!

With the holiday season upon us, we were asked to come up with cheap and creative solutions for the school’s Christmas Bazaar, a charity fund raiser.


These cards were printed using collagraphy techniques, a great way to recycle odd bits and ends, for schools with tiny budgets, like ours. The plates were cut from the backs of old sketchpads – strong thick board is the best. PVA glue was used to adhere various surfaces to the plate: we used bits of card stock, string, sundry ribbons and a bunch of textured wallpaper swatches we found.


We printed using rollers and linoleum inks, in two, sometimes three colours each time. The plate was partly inked with the darker colour on top of the lighter one, to gorgeous and unexpected effect! The element of surprise made everything so much more fun: the kids loved it, and it was great to watch them get won over by the process.

Add-ons such as cut-out stars, bows and all-that-glitters are inevitable and -let’s face it- appropriate in this case. For me, it’s the atmospheric happy-accident quality of this technique that has been so inspiring. Students embraced this project every step of the way, and I think we can expect a few non-seasonal collagraphs in the future! Yay!