Drawing for Fun – with kids

There were some wonderful goings on at Maker on Saturday mornings over 6 weeks in October and November. Rosie Gibson adapted her very popular adults’ class ‘Drawing for Fun’ for kids. Rosie bases her classes on the book ‘Drawing on the Right  Side of the Brain’ by Betty Edwards. Rosie says “our left brain is our bossy brain, which can have an annoying habit of telling us we’re rubbish at drawing!” She develops methods to quieten this critical, but sometimes self-critical faculty, encouraging the the more visual and creative right side to look more closely at its subject, take its time and develop the artists’ observational skills. 

The 6 girls who joined Rosie found the work challenging at times, but always enjoyable, and were very encouraged by their growing skills in observation and the resulting drawings. During the classes there was an air of great concentration and developing self-confidence. Rosie also encourages her students by discussing artworks which they have done at home and brought in to show her.  

As a teacher, Rosie makes getting together on a Saturday morning to draw seem like the very best way to start the weekend!

Rosie’s kids ‘Drawing for Fun’ classes received funding from the Common Good Fund and Community Culture Grant.

If you are interested in adding your name for future ‘Drawing for Fun’ classes with Rosie, either for adults or children, email us at info@inverkeithingarts.org or call 01383 271839.

Maker: Workshop Space, Gift Shop and Gallery, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1NN

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Maker – spring/summer 2018

Creative Activities at Maker

2a, High Street, Inverkeithing

There has been much activity recently at Maker, Inverkeithing’s dedicated space for socially engaged and creative activities.

Local artist Rosie Gibson has continued teaching her brilliant ‘Drawing for Fun’ course, based on exercises which challenge the right side of the brain to observe and describe what it sees. She has run the course with two groups, and looks set to continue well into 2018, with the potential for more groups to begin the course. Her current students have thoroughly enjoyed practicing the processes and techniques Rosie introduces – and in return have surprised themselves by creating really beautiful drawings.

Artist, illustrator and writer Jeanne Dron has developed our Tuesday drop-in drawing sessions into a wonderful opportunity for people to gather, talk, learn skills and techniques, and develop their own creativity. Participants have found the sessions to be extremely valuable for both skills-learning and as a sociable activity. Jeanne will also be running a workshop on June 17th ‘An Introduction to Needlefelting’ which will include learning techniques such as wet felting and making felt pictures. For more details about this class see our website www.inverkeithngarts.org or contact us at info@inverkeithingarts.org.

Maker has also been the scene of meditation workshops with Jan McLaughlan (Juniper-J Therapies). These have been popular, proving that Maker is also an excellent and inspiring space for activities which develop personal growth and resilience-building – even without even picking up a pencil! Jan will be starting some new weekly meditations workshops later in the summer so do get in touch if this is of interest to you.

To find out more about any of the above activities email us at info@inverkeithingarts.org or call 01383 271839. There will be more workshops and classes advertised in the near future on our website  www.inverkeithingarts.org so don’t forget to check it out, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

images: Rosie’s students of ‘Drawing for Fun’ – Jeanne’s own incredible felt work – image for Jan’s meditation workshops

Drawing with Rosie

A new season of Drawing for Fun starts on Thursday 11th January 2018, 7.00 – 8.30pm at Maker, 2a High Street, Inverkeithing. It will run for 5 weeks and is led by IAI associate artist Rosie Gibson. Students will practice drawing based on enjoyable techniques from the book ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’. Price for a block booking is £30. Please book the first session in advance.

To book, contact info@inverkeithingarts.org, drop into Maker (see opening hours here) or call 01383 271839

 

 

Drawing for Fun – Taster Sessions

Starts Thursday 9th November, 11am-12.30pm for 5 weeks at Maker, 2a High Street Inverkeithing. Led by IAI associate-artist Rosie Gibson, students will practice drawing based on enjoyable techniques from the book ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain – The sessions will be fun and informal. £4 per session or £20 block booking. Get in touch at info@inverkeithingarts.org or call 01383 271839.

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Rosie Gibson – Breathing Space

Inverkeithing Arts collaborated in 2015 with Inverkeithing artist Rosie Gibson for her project ‘Trading Wisdom’ (read here and here), and we are following with interest her current project ‘Breathing Space – Living a Citizen’s Income’. Check our her Breathing Space – blog and follow her investigation, research and lived experience of this fascinating subject. As always Rosie’s thoughtfulness and thoroughness shines through in her work..

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Afternoon Tea – Trading Wisdom with Rosie

IMG_0574Trading Wisdom: Afternoon Tea on 15th October 2015 was a chance for all those involved in Rosie Gibson’s Trading Wisdom Art Event to come together and celebrate as part of the Scotland-wide Luminate Creative Ageing Festival.

Rosie gathered ‘nuggets of wisdom’ from local people born between 1925-35, her mother’s generation, celebrating…

“..both the grittily lyrical wisdom of my mum’s generation and also the shops and businesses in the High Street. I was curious about what happens if you put the two together’

Each of the participating trading places (pub, locksmith, hairdresser, cafe etc.), had a nugget of wisdom interwoven into their trading practice, embedding them into the daily life of Inverkeithing. Rosie and Luminate are delighted to say that every one of the shops have decided to keep their nuggets in place until the end of October 2015.

At the Afternoon Tea Rosie welcomed some of the sources of the nuggets of wisdom,  the participating tradespeople, and anyone else who was interested in this fascinating project. She provided hand-made chocolates to delight, and lovely cakes made by local bakers. Bristol Branch provided the music, which was much enjoyed by all and inspired some joyful dancing!

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Inverkeithing Arts Initiative were delighted to be invited to create the the setting for the event, based on the core idea of a drying green on a summer’s day, with the nuggets interwoven between familiar items of everyday washing; baby clothes and men’s shirts, pinnies and football boots, pillowcases, negligees and washing baskets.

The theme of work threaded through the whole event. From Grace’s working days at the Paper Mill, (not to mention her mother, providing frequent meals for her children), to the hope that new technology will free us from work to spend more time with our families, to the participating tradespeople, working to provide Inverkeithing with a functioning and lively high street. In IAI’s design for the event, the drying green seemed to capture this sense of working to support each other, with more than a hint of play and pleasure. Hopefully, we can all imagine taking a moment from our work to stand on the green, enjoying the sunshine? And perhaps we can all “work and play as if you are living in the early days of a better nation.” 

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Nuggets of Wisdom: ‘I’ve been walking a long time’

‘Podemos! Yes we can!’

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Nugget of Wisdom: ‘Some people think the good old days are a joke, but it isn’t.’

 

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Nuggets of Wisdom: ‘When washing machines came out we thought we would have more time to spend with our families’

‘Keep moving’

‘Work and play as if you are living in the early days of a better nation.’

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Nugget of Wisdom: ‘My mother’s hoose was like a canteen. We went hame fae the mill for breakfast, lunch,, then hame for the tea!! And my brothers were on different shifts so they went hame at different times tae!’ (3D maps of Inverkeithing created by p4 pupils of Inverkeithing Primary School)

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Trading Wisdom: Afternoon Tea, 15th October 2015

Join Rosie Gibson on Thursday 15th October 2pm – 3.30pm, Civic Centre, 10 Queen Street, Inverkeithing KY11 1PA…

..and sample the handmade chocolates and other delights inspired by wise words from the local generation born between 1925 and 1935, as part of the Trading Wisdom art event on Inverkeithing High Street running between 10th – 17th October. In each of the 10 collaborating shops, Rosie has incorporated a gathered nugget of wisdom into each shop’s trading activity.

Trading Wisdom is part of Luminate, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Festival.

The event is free, but ticketed, so please call Rosie at the number below or email rosiegibson@me.com or online at Eventbrite.

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