My Art Gallery
The Kids Art
my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day
what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college- that
my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at
me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?"
~ Howard Ikemoto
on the Youtube link to view a video of the wonderful work
of our junior art students:
tutor for Paint Malta Courses is international artist Caroline S.
Lawrence.Trained at St. Martin's College, London, Caroline has worked
extensively as a professional artist throughout the Middle East
for over 15 years and in 2002 decided to return to her native home
island of Malta. You can view her artwork on her separate website:
run several successful painting courses in Bahrain, she decided
to set up a similar scheme in Malta. Her approach to teaching art
is that there is a creative impulse in everyone and all that's needed
for it to find expression is to overcome feeling intimidated or
unsure of oneself. All too often people get put off from exploring
their creativity because they are not sure how to use art materials;
they assume there's a right and wrong way of painting or drawing.
To a certain extent, basic understanding of a particular medium
is required simply because it helps one to manipulate the process
of conveying an idea or image onto paper or canvas. But the rest
is up to you, or more accurately, the rest is in
In art, there's no right or wrong way-there's only YOUR
"At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven
I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing
steadily ever since.."
object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create
a reality of the same intensity."
~ Alberto Giacometti
"No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential
element of imagination."
who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his
hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands
and his head and his heart is an artist."
Francis of Assisi
courses consist of a minimum of 8 weeks tuition. Each weekly class
is for 2 hours.Total tuition time in one course amounts to 16 hours
which is payable in advance and costs 80 euros. Missed classes are
non-refundable but can be substituted in another class within the
eight paid weeks, if there is space.
are held at C.S.Lawrence Art studio on Wednesday evenings
from 5.30-7.30pm and Friday mornings from
10:00-12:00pm. Generally anyone over 15 yrs will
be put into an adult class.
The Adult courses cover learning how to see, development of drawing
skills using various media such as charcoal and graphite pencils,
understanding perspective and painting in acrylic. Being
based in the gloriously picturesque location of the Three Cities
surrounding the Grand Harbour, we will periodically take you out
to paint the quaint alleyways, the marinas, the grand bastions,
the churches and other beautiful buildings in the area.
Acrylics are far easier to use than watercolours or oils
but the only drawback in using them is that they dry fast so you
dont have as much time to mix and manipulate colours like you do
with watercolour and oil. However, the great thing about acrylics
is that you can water them down to apply thin washes as well as
use them thickly to produce impasto effects. You can mix colours
with a variety of texturized pastes and also use different tools
to create marks which produce interesting effects.
will be taught how to layer acrylic colours; how to mix
colours and use various mixed media techniques.
You will also be shown how to mix colours without muddying them;
how to put more "punch" into your painting by understanding
complementary colours; how to use composition
techniques to make your painting more eye-catching;how to work around
mistakes and even incorporate into your picture the unexpected surprises
that working with waterbased mediums often produce.
is, in Caroline's opinion, an essential skill which enables an artist
to tackle any subject confidently. And working in monotone gives
you a solid grounding in understanding the relationship between
shapes and tones. Using charcoal or graphite leads, you will be
taught how to translate 3-D objects onto a 2-D surface based on
the simple rules of perspective.
are held on Saturdays from 10:00-12:00pm
and from 2:30-4:30pm. The junior courses focus on learning
how to see things and draw them as well as working with colour manipulation
using gouache paints,colour pencils, wax crayons and charcoals.
Environmental awareness will be emphasised by various mixed media
projects using recycled products.
Basically creativity is the key word and the tutor places greater
emphasis on giving junior artists the freedom to explore their imagination
and less on telling them what or how to do things.