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My Creative Flare
I have always felt like I am different to everyone else and that I did not quite fit in. I started drawing pictures when I was in reception so I was probably around 4 years old. I distinctively remember one of the first pictures I drew was a self portrait. This was my first experience that I remember. I think the artistic influence has always been in my family, my mum is an artist and I grew up watching her paint. My Granny was an artist and she used to paint. My aunty is also an artist and frequently gets commissioned to do art pieces.
I feel drawing and creating pieces of art is enjoyable and it gives me a sense of achievement. I remember when I was around 8 years old I remember having to draw a picture of an animal. We were told that the best ones would be chosen and used on the exterior walls of the renovated school walls. When the wall was completed I saw my "tiger" on the wall; this made me so ecstatic!
Then when I was 9 years old I made a mosaic in an Art and Craft club after school. This was mosaic was of a Cat, I remember cutting tiles and creating a piece that I was so proud of. This mosaic was then made a feature in the front of the school in the Reception area. This inspired me and made me feel delighted. This was the confidence boost that I needed to pursue my artistic exertions.
I continued my art work through out all my schooling life. Art was my solace and I found doing this in my spare time comforting and beneficial in so many ways. I think this hobby of mine has made me grow in confidence and I have learnt how to believe in myself.
Due to my interest and the belief in my talent I chose Art at GCSEs. In my Art classes I created a few well produced portfolios. At the end of the year when I was completing my exam; I produced 2 A2 portraits of my friends. I managed to achieve a "B" this was my best grade and this made me feel empowered.
Because I wanted to pursue my artistic talents and decided to do Theatrical make up at College. This gave me the ability to learn how to do face painting, body art and I was very good at casualty make up. This course gave me level 3 qualifications and I was entered into a competition. I found that this course further developed my confidence as I was not a very sociable person and majorly lacked in self-assurance.
When I was in Mary Seacole Housing Association some of the staff had recognised my love for art. The CEO of Mary Seacole Housing Association asked me to draw a picture of Mary Seacole and this made me feel good and appreciated.
Later on when I moved to stage 3, the new coordinator was planning to renovate the living room and identified my flare for art. She asked me to work with her to develop the theme for the renovation. Together we developed canvases and an art panel for the mantle piece. Seeing my art displayed in this environment made me feel uplifted. As everyone who saw the newly renovated living room said how great it was looking.
Another project came my way when the Mary Seacole Housing Association's Training Unit was undergoing a renovation. I was asked to complete more pieces of art. I was only too happy to help. I worked with the colour scheme that was picked for the Training Unit. This was very gratifying and this was also quite stressful due to the tight time constraints; but once it was completed I was very satisfied with the outcome.
When the Training Unit had its Open Day and people from all walks of life saw my work; they were very complementary. This did wonders for my confidence as I was still prone to anxiety and panic attacks. During the Open Day presentations I was presented with a bouquet of flowers and chocolates. This was a really memorable moment for me and a moment I will cherish forever.
From the work displayed in the Training Unit I was sought out by a visitor, who commissioned me to do a sketch for her. This was a really exciting moment for me as this was the first piece of work that I was remunerated for.
Later another opportunity arose for me when Mary Seacole Housing Association were hosting their annual charity ball. I became a part of the Social Enterprise and completed an A2 sketch to be raffled. I was given a chance to speak on stage and this was the most daunting thing that I have ever done as it was in front of 100's of people but I now feel empowered to speak publically. Two of my pieces were raffled that day and I was given the higher share of the profits from the work. I felt overjoyed and a sense of self-esteem was instilled in me.
I will continue using art to create opportunities for myself
I have lived at Mary Seacole for a year. In my spare time I love drawing cartoon characters. I find it is very therapeutic and it is a good stress relief.
I find the characters that I like to draw on the internet, make sure I have all the right equipment and then I start to design the character. When the drawing is finished, I sometimes like to colour it in.
"I would like to take my art to the next level, trying a different variety of things e.g. painting, clay, different drawings and using different textures. I would like to carry this on as a hobby, rather than it being a full time job."
Kim is a talented young artist.When asked to contribute to the clients interest page she drew this picture.The picture is very clever and incorporates the face of a woman as the backdrop to a beautiful setting.
Abstract art uses a visual language of form, colour and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.In this painting Kim has captured the essence of abstract art.
The person viewing the art work is drawn into the scenery as the try to decipher the woman's face.
I would like to take my art to the next level, trying a different variety of things e.g. painting, clay, different drawings and using different textures. I would like to carry this on as a hobby, rather than it being a full time job.
Kim said she really enjoys creating pieces like this and finds it therapeutic.
Taurean a resident for Seacole house composed these poems. Taurean is a talented young man who regularly writes his own lyrics to songs and poems.
"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity."
The poem reads:
Such a beautiful thing
As the sky so blue,
As the air so clean,
You are my diamond in the rough,
Such a beautiful thing.
My queen so strong,
And so pleasant to see,
A heart of gold,
Such a beautiful thing.
My heart I give to you,
My love and desires,
My beautiful woman,
Let our love be adored.
Bianca hand painted this beautiful vase using nail polish. It took Bianca many hours to transform this plain white vase into a colourful and desirable object.
The vase was purchased from a second hand shop and the nail polishes were donated meaning the whole project was completed on a small budget.
Why not try something similar yourself all you need is vase a steady hand and the desire to create.
Mirror Design and Construction
Kyle was supported with making a mirror by Pat, our maintenance officer, who made sure that Kyle took all necessary safety precautions.
Kyle was supplied with safety glasses, mask, gloves and safety shoes and Pat had a discussion about safety with him before he started this task.
A work bench was used and the device that was used to cut the mirror was handled with care. Pat was there to provide support throughout this life skill.
A piece of mirror was placed in the groves of the wood and a design of Kyle's choice was added. The frame would also have to be painted.
Kyle was asked to design two mirrors. One for him to keep and one to donate to the hostel charity fund raising ball.
Kyle designed two symmetrical patterns and he was the supported by Pat to cut out the two designs.
He completed the next stage of the project; this was to sand down the mirror and then prime it ready for painting.
Kyle used sand paper to sand down all the rough edges and undercoat to prime the mirror.
After smoothing down and priming the mirror, he painted the base colour after which he added an effect of his choice as seen in the picture.
Mobile Making Activity
by Jade, Kraig, Emma and Kirubel
The clients participated in a client in a group activity that was organised for all clients who wished to contribute towards making a wooden nursery mobile. The designs were already chosen and cut out from MDF; for the clients. The clients were asked to decorate them according to their taste.
The clients were asked to prepare and paint their design that they chose; these had been pre-cut by our maintenance officer.
One of the clients had transferred the designs on to the shapes by using pencil and paper. The client was advised to:
Anchor the original drawing to a solid surface (such as a table top) with masking tape.
Place a piece of tracing paper on top of the drawing. Tape the tracing paper to the drawing surface.
Trace over your original drawing in pencil.
Remove the tracing paper and flip it over. With a soft pencil, scribble over the area covered by the image.
To make sure it’s covered with the graphite, smudge over the pencil marks with a piece of paper towel.
Turn the tracing paper right-side up and place it on the paper for your final art.
Again, tape three corners of the tracing paper to the drawing surface (or table top).
Now, using a sharp pencil, go over the lines of your drawing again. You can look underneath the fourth corner to check on your transferred image.
When you’re finished tracing, remove the tracing paper with the image. The same image should now be on your final art paper.
The clients then proceeded to paint the shapes using acrylic paints. Clients were advised they can design the shapes in any colours they chose but were advised to keep the shapes bright and the nursery mobile was for a boy, so to choose the colours accordingly.
Once the shapes were painted the maintenance officer drilled a single hole into each of the shapes. He had already prepared a cross shaped doweling to hang the shapes off. We had purchased some ribbon to hang the shapes and a client assisted in tying the shapes onto the doweling and ensuring that the shapes hung evenly as they were varying in weight.
The clients really enjoyed this activity and were happy to spend time doing something creative and something different.
The aims of the project were to provide clients with a fun, motivational workshop that will enable them to improve their confidence; through self expression. Therefore Mary Seacole Housing Association Limited decided to organise a Photography Session for all clients who were interested in attending.
The day began with client sign up. A total of 6 clients enrolled on to the session.
Clients were given the plan for the session.
The tutor went through a quiz to identify what the clients knew about digital photography and digital cameras. Clients were asked to label the different parts of the cameras.
Clients were then taught about how to take photographs so that the clients were aware about aspects such as brightness, contrast, exposure, scene setting, the colour wheel and object mapping.
Once the clients were shown the method of how to take digital photographs they were given an opportunity to practice what they had learnt using still life and other various object; they were given water, mirrors and different backgrounds to experiment with.
The clients then went out in to the local community to take photos.
When the clients were happy with the photographs they had taken, they were given an opportunity to use computer software packages to edit their photos.
Finally clients were asked to pick two of their best photos to enter into the photography competition; the winner would get an award and a digital camera.
The photographs were displayed in the training unit and all visitors were asked to vote for their favourite photo.
The winner was announced at a client games evening.