Philosophy through Art Workshop at the Dragon School

Workshop with the Dragon School post exam group, April 23rd 2013

The theme of this workshop, in my series Philosophy through Art, was the question ‘What is an Artist?’

We started by asking the question ‘What is Philosophy?’ ‘It’s about asking questions to which there aren’t really any answers….’ was one immediate response; then, in answer to ‘What is an artist?’ there were several interesting comments, which included observations on music and poetry. We talked about how all the arts are in a tradition, new generations either developing or reacting against their predecessors, and whether or not art is a language.

We then looked at a set of images of animals in art from 30,000 years BC to the present day, and the children put them in order, working in groups. All kinds of interesting topics emerged as we did this – do the arts get better – is a Stubbs horse ‘better’ than one from Lascaux? How has the artist used the material? What about the patron (if any) as opposed to having a free hand? Where does self expression come in?

Then we sat very still, relaxing completely, and everybody looked at one picture. They made a copy of it in pencil. Then a copy from memory, then one with eyes shut and lastly one with eyes shut and using the ‘other’ hand. This was a fascinating experiment in visual thinking, and it was interesting that almost everyone preferred their last drawing.

These youngsters were a treat to work with, very bright and enthusiastic.

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The “Philosophy in Art” workshop was both highly informative and revealing. It was delivered in a very calm but authoritative manner, where the children felt empowered to offer their ideas and thoughts on a range of concepts around the history of art and the evaluation of artworks. The practical element was also excellent and really made the pupils consider their own concepts and perceptions about their own and other people’s art.

Luke Osmond, Head of Art, DragonSchool


Exhibition ‘The Rocks Remain’ at Tabernacl, Machynlleth

Exhibition The Rocks Remain will run from September 9th  to October 19th at Tabernacl, Machynlleth.
It will include paintings and sketchbooks of mountains in Wales and abroad.

Directions to the Tabernacl, Machynlleth are at

LLechog Llanberis

Llechog, Llanberis

Drawings made at a Concert by Chamber Philharmonia Cologne

Members of the Chamber Philharmonia

 This was an electrifying concert at St Mary’s Church, Cardigan, on 19th July. I’ve drawn musicians for many years, mostly at rehearsals, but here I was able to draw at a concert under cover of the people in the row in front. Afterwards, the group had a standing ovation – hear them if you can! These are some of the drawings I made.



Monoprint workshop 16th June

A full house for this session, and people did some varied and interesting work.


Two early experiments by a beginner

A combination of a free monotype with drawn image overprint

Monoprint developed from sketchbook drawing

Comparing notes

Four images developed from drawings made in the barn, a combination of free monotype and drawn print

‘An Uncertain Terrain’, a solo exhibition of recent work by Elizabeth Haines.

 Gallery on the Usk is hosting a solo exhibition of my recent work  from August 12th – September 8th, 2012.

Rocks Remain I











Inside the Mountain


Near Llanthony

 Gallery on the Usk is at 49 High Street, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1BH  (01873 811941). There is a map to find Gallery on the Usk here.

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