I was recently commissioned by Surrey Arts to develop a project for the 800+ looked after young people (under 18's in children's homes or with foster parents) across the county. I am just back from the second of the two workshop days, and I wanted to share a small selection of their FANTASTIC collages!
We learned and invented some very messy painting and printing techniques to create lots of textured colour pages. These prepared sheets were then snipped, torn and glued to create their collages with lots of mixed media drawing on top.
For those unable to attend the workshops, I was recently filmed in my studio and this footage has now been developed into three short films for the young people to watch. All the work created by the young people (either in the workshop or as a result of watching the films) will take part in touring exhibition across the county from May-Oct 2012 and be entered into a competition.
It was such a pleasure to work on this project, the kids were really creative, inspiring and thoroughly engaged in their work. As you can see from the high standard of just this small selection of their work it's going to be really tricky to pick a winner! If you would like to find out more about this project (including the three films) please visit here, and if you are interested in learning more about fostering in Surrey please have a look here.
Have a lovely weekend and next week I'll be back to show you some new illustrations for the May edition of BBC Wildlife Magazine x