Volunteer Lesson - St. Anthony's

Here's something that's close to my heart, I had the opportunity this week to volunteer an art lesson at my son's school St. Anthony's in Chichester. If any of you want to contribute to a great cause, donate to charity via Amazon's Giving Machine, or give in any other way then please consider giving to St. Anthony's in Chichester. The amazing staff and leaders of St. Anthony's do fantastically great things day in and day out as they develop and grow their fabulous children. They're heroes- learners, teachers and facilitators. It was an honour to be able to give back, even though it was in a very small way compared to the deluge these wonderful and dedicated people give every day.

I was asked if I wanted to give a lesson for Rising Stars as an Illustrator. Their teacher had introduced them to using shapes in their drawing and my lesson was about using shapes to design a character. The theme I chose was centred on designing animal characters for a TV cartoon show or a book. They have digital whiteboards in their classrooms so I was able to create a powerpoint presentation to illustrate my lesson. The children were beautifully behaved and put a lot of energy into their drawings. They were inspirational! These learners have some real challenges but they're overcoming them. Life is about learning, moving deeper - one of my personal aims is to never stop learning cause skills need endless refinement. I never want to reach a ceiling - I want to resonate a higher frequency and they taught me a lot about that during the lesson.

I asked them to think about what they wanted to draw, to break down things into shapes, connect the shapes with lines, and then draw over their soft lines with a darker pencil - carefully choosing only the lines they thought were important.

I asked them to think about what they wanted to draw, to break down things into shapes, connect the shapes with lines, and then draw over their soft lines with a darker pencil - carefully choosing only the lines they thought were important.

Then using the same shape formation to shift them in space and apply the same process. :)

Then using the same shape formation to shift them in space and apply the same process. :)

I applied the same process to this cute hippo called Jorge and this owl called Hugh :)

I applied the same process to this cute hippo called Jorge and this owl called Hugh :)