Hi everyone, hope your all keeping well. When the pandemic hit this year in early spring, I didn’t know how this would affect my business. My paintings, prints and gifts are selling really well online, but I wasn’t sure about my art classes that I hold at my studio. I had moved back to my home studio where I previously worked before Snail Studios and it gave me the chance to solely concentrate on my painting again.
During this time I also noticed the latest trend all around the world, online virtual Zoom classes, but to be honest I was super busy with my online store, painting and home schooling my two boys. As time went by I watched and really enjoyed how so many people were taking up drawing and painting at home. I took part in a special digital art space project for children, with The Wonder Gallery at the BBC which was also covered by Radio Ulster. I was inspired by the TV series on channel four, Grayson Perry's Art Club, every week he gave the nation an art theme and people sent their work in and the chosen pieces were featured. What an inspiration for a budding artist just discovering their craft. Every household displayed a beautiful hand painted rainbow picture proudly on their windows to show their appreciation for the NHS. The world was fully embracing picking up a paint brush at home.
I started my art classes for kids using the Zoom platform in the summer and it was a great success. I was so impressed with how I was able to engage with my students. Every week I delivered step by step tutorials in many different mediums and subjects. Using my past knowledge of teaching art from my studio for the past ten years. I’ve now created a weekly Saturday morning and after school class online program, which changes every month. Last month we painted Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh, we also created beautiful an autumnal tree painting using watercolour's and practiced our drawing skills by sketching a barn owl. Here are some finished pieces from September.
In October’s art classes I have some very special projects including Halloween themes. So, if you have a child who's interested in art this really is the perfect activity to do at home. All you need to do is follow the links, create a little art space at home, the kitchen table is perfect and invest in some art materials. Which if you have arty kids you probably have many of these materials already.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions and I look forward to seeing you at my next set of Virtual Art Classes online!