Carol the painter
My paintings are influenced and inspired by many things. I have always loved country life and the outdoors. To be out and about with dogs and horses watching the land change with the seasons, observing the clouds in the sky, the shades of green in the meadow, the twists in the trees really helps to create the knowledge I need to transfer my vision into paintings.
I'm the sort of person that gets bored with doing the same thing over again so my styles and subjects are quite diverse. I bounce around with different ideas being inspired by so many things. There are so many subjects I want to paint and I love exploring and experimenting with techniques and mixing mediums with my paints. If only I had more time to paint..so much of my time is taken up teaching or preparing classes and workshops..which I enjoy immensely. I get a buzz form sharing my knowledge with others. I know how important painting is to me as a hobby and therapy and if I can help create that pleasure for others...great. its valuable stuff!!
This New Year I have a new watercolour palette, my old one finally started coming apart on me; getting rust mixing with my paint wasn't ideal though it created some interesting texture!! ..it had given me ten years of service so cant complain. I've decided to add some new colours to my standard palette and I'm excited about getting stuck into some painting this new year and adding these new colours..but what shall I paint first.
Carol the ART teacher
"FUN & INFORMATIVE PAINTING".
Happy returning learners are evidence to me that my teaching style works. I run relaxed informal sessions with plenty of tea and coffee. Hands on teaching and clear demonstration of techniques makes painting achievable to all. Painting is a skill and skills can be learnt...
My only criteria is it has to be FUN, so a smile and a little laughter are essential. (If you cake bake cakes thats a bonus! lol ).
The more serious me!
For those who like official stuff, I'm a qualified (Certificate in Education), and experienced Tutor having been teaching since 1999. Ive worked in all kinds of Learning centres and colleges with people of all ages and abilities. Teaching is something I'm passionate about. i love the process of sharing my knowledge, demonstrating my techniques and watching new painters get results that make them smile. It a tonic for me and them
I once received a Grade 1 for my Teaching skills working for local authority and received a letter which stated.
"Grade 1 assessment is a standard reached by very few Adult Learning Tutors. It describes your excellent delivery and is a clear indication of your skills and professionalism. … Your inspirational teaching has the power to change not only lives of your learners but their families, friends and colleagues”
… it’s nice to get recognition for your hard work I believe that a good teacher you need to be skilled to demonstrate well but also a teacher should be' a good communicator, someone who listens and relates to others. I love being with people and I love painting .. so it’s easy for me.
I've also taught Key Skills and GCSE Art to kids in a special school; 12-16year olds who have social, learning and behavioural difficulties. I find this sort of work interesting, stimulating and rewarding. I like to think that Art can have an impact on young people's lives giving a better future for them by building their skills, confidence and pride.
I am a Professional Associate & a Watercolour Ambassador for the SAA. (Society for all Artists) www.saa.co.uk. This is a great organisation and fully supports Learning to Paint in every way...take a look .
I was invited a little while ago to make a film clip for their website showing a painting tip. It was a nerve racking experience, whilst I can teach with ease to a large groups it was quite daunting teaching a man with a camera..and those lights are so bright!! lol
Here is the link to the page with my Tree Painting tip...hope you find it useful.
My tip is also in a book entitled 101 Top Techniques for Artists available from the SAA, it sells for £12.99 and is a very nice book with some great projects inside. available from SAA website.
My learners’ come in all ages & abilities. Here is some mini paintings some of my learners produced recently.
ART as THERAPY
I often undertake art projects within the community and take groups outdoors to paint in summer. There is no better way to unwind than a Picnic and painting session.
Painting is extremely therapeutic and everyone can learn...All you need is the desire and time to practice. I believe that it's not what you get out of this in the way of a product, but more about the pleasure you get from expressing yourself and taking part, that is most important attribute.
Many people have lives which are affected by difficult circumstances. Social, health or family issues can cause huge stress, and I know Arty sessions help alleviate these situations.
Providing painting sessions for young people undergoing rehabilitation for Drug & Alcohol addictions and delivering Art activities in support centres for women has taught me a lot about some of the real values of painting and Art as a Therapy,
FROM STROKE to BRUSH STROKE.
I was full of admiration when I met a special Lady at an Art Club I visited. Katie had suffered from a stroke with severe loss of use to her right side and she never recovered the use of her right arm. Amazingly even though she was right-handed she not only had the courage to take up painting which she had never done before, but she did so using her left hand... I was so impressed with the freedom of her style, her attitude and approach. No pencil marks...just straight on with paint. Horses are not easy, unless you know the subject well. yet Kate has captured the movement superbly. Great colour too. It really just goes to show what a great and therapeutic activity this is.
"contact me" if you would like to arrange a workshop or demonstration for your group or club or to discuss workshop venues, rates etc.
To join a class please go to the workshop page for a list of groups available.