Wow …what a day! To say that the Søstrene Grene art event was a success would be an understatement. We had so many folk trying the art supplies…and I could not have survived without my twin sister Denise of Denise’s Boxes / Denise McDowell Art!! She was superb with the younger ones who wanted to try to paint sunflowers and floral rings…amazingly patient and encouraging…thank you sis!! Thanks again to the staff and Manager – Nuala – from the Belfast Ann Street store – it was a joy!! 🙂 … so happy it went well and some folk even bought the art bundle to continue their creativity at home 🙂 !!
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I am thrilled to say that on Easter Saturday 31st March 2018 I will be in Søstrene Grene (Ann Street, Belfast) showing the customers how easy it is to do some watercolour floral paintings!! Demonstration begins at 1pm! I am so excited about working in partnership with this lovely store and want to thank the Manager – Nuala for her encouragement. The shop specialises in wonderful interior design, stationery, gift wrapping, crafts, kitchen goods and toys for children. I’ll be showing folk how to use the Søstrene Grene art products which are extremely good value! More information to follow !!
Well …to say that my session ‘Doodling Harry Potter’ this month at LeakyCon Dubin..was a success…would be an understatement! I am always a little nervous when I teach and think that no-one will turn up! This time I was hoping for 10-15 folk …. what a surprise when we arrived at the room and we counted how many came …140!! Wow… I’m still smiling!
I was so impressed with all of the participants – aged 4 – 54!! They were all really responsive and talented too! It made me realize that I love to teach …and to see people drawing/painting again. See the photos below for their happy, smiling faces 🙂 !!
My thanks go to my sister Denise (check out her lovely assembled boxes at Denise’s Boxes) and my brother in law Norm who ran around to try to find more paper and pens!! I also want to mention the lovely lady from Australia – Doodles by Sarah – who very kindly gave me permission to use her Harry Potter art to run the session … (it would have be difficult to paint my acrylic landscapes in the session!!) Thank you!
Excited about doing some Harry Potter doodling at LeakyCon in Dublin this month and so happy to be alongside (even on a page!) to Miraphora Mina of MinaLima !! From Harry Potter’s Hogwarts letter and the Marauder’s Map to the MACUSA crest and magical items inside Newt Scamander’s case, graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima have brought all of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to life, down to the tiniest detail.
… quote from Henri Matisse!
Got some really nice comments from some of the groups I recently ran art/craft sessions for ….some comments include…
“ Mo has delivered many art sessions to our service users as part of our Healthier Lives residential programmes and classes. She has delivered a painting class to our “Live Life to the Full” women’s group for women who have hearing loss in Derry. The women thoroughly enjoyed it and found it really relaxing and therapeutic. Mo has also delivered craft sessions and to our cochlear support groups in Derry, Omagh and Belfast, which involved making Christmas decorations, handmade cards and some really pretty drawings. Mo is a fantastic teacher. Her manner is really friendly, warm, encouraging and patient and her teaching techniques are very visual and accessible. This is why the groups really enjoy the class and have the opportunity to fully engage and learn new skills.”
********Mo came to do some art with some of my tinnitus clients to show how enjoying basic art can be a relaxing experience and this helps to reduce stress and has a positive impact for those with tinnitus. Mo demonstrated several techniques including crazy birds and mindfulness art. The class had a great time and afterwards when asked, they concluded they had not thought about their tinnitus during the session. Mo also pointed out that you didn’t need to be good at art to have fun with it. I can recommend Mo and her art sessions not only for the fun aspect but also as Mo’s encouragement singles her out as a wonderful tutor. The evaluation forms indicate the positive experience of her art session, ‘The course provided ways of reducing stress levels and so reducing the impact of the tinnitus’. Mo’s art was one of the techniques for reducing stress.
THANK YOU…the words above make all the preparation and delivery worthwhile!! 🙂 x
Lots of great Christmas crafts and smiles at Derry Library today. The Cochlear Implant support group were happy with all their art and cards! I so enjoy these sessions and it’s lovely to see folk use their creativity to make the work their own!! Well done everyone!! x