The Art of Caring
Promas CIC are specialists in providing training for unpaid carers, and in an exciting new partnership they are working with Plymouth Carers hub in 2016. The Art of Caring is a two day course, which will be delivered five times over the course of the year, and is aimed at unpaid carers in Plymouth who are caring for someone experiencing mental ill health.
Over the last two years I have been fortunate enough to be a part of one of Promas' courses, Pencil This In, and have delivered a Learn to Draw workshop to compliment the work that Bernie, Jenny and the carers whom attend cover. This model has been so successful that it has been reimagined for The Art of Caring and Plymouth Carers Hub. We are all very excited to be taking this further and to be able to reach more carers and offer them some support as well as skills to be able to employ in their eveyday life and roles.
For more information about The Art of Caring, 2016 course dates and to book your place, please contact Plymouth Carers Hub's manager Lee Sewrey on 01752 201890 or visit www.plymouthguild.org.uk
And for more information about Promas, visit their website www.promas.co.uk where you will find all the opportunities, details of upcoming events and can browse the gallery of artwork created on the Pencil This In workshops.
Welcome to the World
First and foremost I would like to say a huge thank you to both Helen Carmina Photography who took the original photograph for this portrait, and to the mother and baby who are the stars of it. It is a stunning image which I feel privileged to have been allowed to draw. I am really grateful for the opportunity to create this piece of art and for all the conversations with mothers and fathers which this picture has sparked.
The inspiration behind this drawing came from a student of mine, who is one of a team of highly dedicate midwives at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, in Truro. The team are hard at work improving the maternity wards and creating an increasingly welcoming and relaxing environment through a number of measures, including updating the decoration of the wards. My students and I were invited to donate a piece of artwork that would be fitting for such a space which can then be hung in the maternity unit to be enjoyed by all who work and stay there.
When I saw Helen Carmina Photography's incredible photograph, I was so touched by the image and struck by the fact it is rare to see a birth by cesaren section celebrated. I soon discovered that the photograph had captured the imagination of countless people and been seen by millions all around the world. I believe that art has a vital role to play in society, and the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Helen's photograph really highlighted to me the importance of feeling represented in the world around you; and at a time as vulnerable as giving birth, I feel this is more important than ever.
Helen, and the mother featured, generously gave me permission to draw this image so that it can be displayed at Treliske hospital. On behalf of myself and all whom who will see and be touched by this picture, I thank you both. And for the courage and humilty it takes to reveal the most precious moment and to share it with the world like this, I commend you - the mother of this most beautiful child. I know that you will continue to serve as an inspiration to many families, though you may never meet, and that your journey together through life brings you great joy. Welcome to the world, little one.
Helen Carmina Photography is based in Guernsey, Channel Islands, and specialises in pregnancy and newborn photography as well as being an experienced wedding photographer www.helencarminaphotography.com
Cultural Threads - Free Fun Day
I am very happy to have been invited to take part in the upcoming Family Fun Day that Cultural Threads are hosting in Redruth, Cornwall on the 7th November.
It is a great opportunity for families from diverse backgrounds to come together and enjoy spending time getting creative, playing, talking, making new friends, learning about what is available in the area, and finding out more about the wonderful work that Cultural Threads are doing.
All are welcome to join us between 1pm and 4pm at Gweal-An-Tops in Redruth, Cornwall, and join the fun. I am really looking forward to meeting old friends and new, and along with fellow artist Trevor Hawkins, will be running printing and clay sculpture workshops for all ages.
For more information about the day and about Cultural Threads, contact Sarah on 07794 381 960 or visit the website www.culturalthreads.co.uk
Imagine Sessions - Supporting Those Living with Dementia Creatively
United Response are a national charity, who in Cornwall are working on a new initiative to promote health aand well being for those who are living with memory loss and dementia through the arts.
To begin wth there are three sessions running on a weekly basis, which are in Falmouth, Truro and Newquay. At each of these sessions there are both support workers and professional artists, who lead a variety of sessions designed to stimulate, engage and build confidence and skills.
I am one of the many artists who make up the team, and will be working at each of the locations over the coming months. My role is to facilitate creative activities which are accessible and fun and all designed with the needs of the individuals in mind.
To read more about how this project came about, and the importance of arts as a part of the wider support on offer for people living with memory loss, this article by Dr Marian Naidoo, United Response's Dementia Lead explains all www.unitedresponse.org.uk/Blog/a-creative-approach-to-community-based-dementia-care
Cultural Threads CIC - Celebrating Culture Creatively
Cultural Threads is a newly formed Community Interest Company (CIC) based in Cornwall, which celebrates cultural diversity in Cornwall. www.culturalthreads.co.uk
They aim to work in partnership with other organisations to provide small scale creative projects. Cultural Threads work with schools, community groups and other organisations by providing support with multicultural creative workshops, black history month, arts festivals, cultural heritage projects and much more.
I was delighted to be invited to support their work through my pencil portraiture, by drawing 12 inspiring black people from current and past times. These drawings are designed to be printed as cards, giving school children and teachers a starting point for research projects for the children to learn about Black people who include athletes, musicians, activists, scientists and authors. Some of whom will be familiar, and others less so, though all are highly respected and have made great contributions to society and all deserve to be remembered and celebrated.
I certainly learned a lot through this project, and am very grateful to Cultural Threads for this, and am thrilled to be able to be a small part of the wonderful and very important work that they do.
Visit the Cultural Threads website: www.culturalthreads.co.uk to discover what's on in Cornwall and beyond, along with lots of resources for Black and Minority Ethnic individuals, families and communities. You will also find events, services, news and a brilliant video from Alverton School in Penzance who spent the day exploring Black History Month with Cultural Threads through art, poetry, music and much more.
Autumn Exhibition at Lander Gallery in Truro
This October sees the Lander Gallery open its doors to artists both experienced and those who are new to exhibiting. The diversity of images that this approach brings may well surprise you, as the standard of work is extremely high and serves as a great reminder of just how creative the people of Cornwall are.
My contribution to this excelllent exhibition is two of my favourite pencil drawings, Heart of Stone and Koda.
As well as having the opportunity to purchase an original artwork at an excellent price, visitors to Lander Gallery are also invited to vote for their favourite artwork shown, the one with the most votes will win the People's Choice award and the artist will receive a prize of £100
Receiving positive feedback from the public can make all the difference to an artist, as it takes a lot to put your work up for public consumption and often we are our own worst critics, so please do cast your vote for whichever picture you enjoy the most, I know you will help make someone's day a memorable one and give a most welcome boost to a local creator.
The exhibition runs till Saturday 31st October, and Lander Gallery's website for further details can be found here: www.landergallery.co.uk
Learn to Draw in Wembury, Devon
I was fortunate enough to have been invited to visit Wembury Art Group to deliver a Learn to Draw workshop for their members. It was a great opportunity to spread the pencil word, meet a really lovely group of people, and to visit a very beautiful part of South Devon also.
The members of Wembury Art Group are all keen artists with varied life and art experience, and most of whom do little or no drawing typucally. As with most activities, we tend to stick with those we are most familiar and comfortable with, so I see the workshop as an opportunity to help change perceptions and experiences of drawing within a few hours. For me this is a delight as I get to share techniques and tips which either I or my students find useful, and to adapt what I know to the needs of the group that day.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the time we had, and it was interesting that each of the artists chose the same picture to work from. As you will see in their gallery of work in progress pencil portriats here, everyone very much brought their own style and interpretation to their work, whilst all achieveing a strong likeness of the subject.
Here is what the Wembury Art Group had to say about their Learn to Draw day:
'Well structured - informative and incredibly enjoyable'
'Friendly, helpful atmosphere, step by step approach and good tips.'
'Wonderful morning, the four hours just flew. Excellent.'
'Very, very instructive and enjoyable'
'Just to say a big thank you from everyone at the workshop on Monday. We all felt we had achieved a lot even the most trepid were inspired. Your class was very informative, full of techniques and great fun.'
New Greetings Cards Designs Now Available
I am delighted to introduce a wide range of greetings cards, featuring original artworks in both pencil and pastel by myself. My most popular images are all available now as cards, to either keep for yourself or to share with friends and family. All of my cards are printed locally in Cornwall on heavyweight card, and are blank inside for your own message. Greetings cards are all individually wrapped and supplied with a white envelope.
All of my cards are just £2.00 each, and can be ordered by contacting me directly.
All designs can be found on the purchase page of this website, with details of which formats the images are available in, and also the image title to make for ease of ordering.
New Venue and Day for Roche's Weekly Class
The Roche Learn to Draw course is my longest running weekly group, well into it's third year now. Since it's beginning we met at the lovely Rest and Play cafe in the village, though sadly this venue has had to close and we will all miss our posh coffee and the ambience.
I am happy to say though that the class has found a new home in the village thanks to Roche Learning Village Partnership, and we are now based in Tregeagle Suite at Roche CP School. We are all delighted to have found another excellnt quality venue within the village, as that consisitency for the local community is really important and we have always been very happy in this historic location.
Along with the change of location, we have moved day as well so instead of the Wednesday gathering, we now meet on a Thursday, though still from 7 - 9pm. There have been some new artists join our happy group which is always a pleasure, and as a result this class is currently full. Though if you would like to know when there is a place available to learn to draw in Roche, get in touch and I will keep you up to date.
Painting in Pastels workshop
The inaugeral Painting in Pastels workshop, exploring this colourful and responsive medium, was held at The Centre in Newlyn at the end of May.
Seven art enthusiasts with varying levels of experience attended, and explored together how to get the most out of the materials. It was a reallly fun session, with both lively conversation and quiet times whilst everyone became utterly absorbed in their art. With each student working at their own pace, peer support and tuition being on hand at all times, friendships were forged alongside abstract paintings and realistic studies being created.
Feedback from students included:
'As always - a most enjoyable workshop - relaxed and harmonius atmosphere. Light hearted, informative, professional and fun.'
'An informal and creative atmosphere in which to experiment. Amazing how my previous skills could be brought into the mix - helps to boost confidence. I am confident I can take this further thanks to Tamsin.'
'A Great workshop - very relaxed and friendly. The time just zoomed by. Pastels were a mystery! Now I can apply the new knowledge and confidently have a bash. Many thanks - I learnt so much.'
To see when the next opportunities are to join a pastels or drawing workshop, take a look at the Learn to Draw page.