Children's Art in the Physic Garden
In a new venture for the Garden, artist Vicki Ostersen has been teaching a group of 8-10 year old children how to draw from observation. She has been using organic things that can be found in the Garden such as rocks, twigs and leaves.
She was ably assisted by Paddy Daws who is an ex-teacher and volunteer gardener.
Vicki's description of the recent short course may be put into a nutshell as follows:
'We spent two sessions exploring scale, quality of line, light and shadow and finding ways to draw from observation with confidence. We started with pens and pencils, and moved on to different grades of pencil, as well as charcoal, chalk, oil pastel and liquid watercolour. The sun shone for the last session and we went into the garden looking for interesting plants to draw. With a selection of leaves, harvested by Paddy, we made A3 'final pieces' using all the materials introduced in the first two mornings.'
Vicki is hoping to use The Physic Garden to run further courses in the future but more information about her work can be found on her Facebook page, Treefrog Art, or on her website.www.treefrogart.co.uk