Childrens Art Workshops Inspired by Henrik Simonsen in The Sandford Goudie Gallery The Customs House South Shields


I have run two sessions based on the work of Danish painter Henrik Simonsen in the Sandford Goudie Gallery in The Customs House, Mill Dam South Shields.

School Session (£5 per participant)

Working alongside year 5 pupils from Gosforth East Middle School we examined the subject of Henrik Simonsen’s beautiful paintings and thought a bit about the processes and techniques he uses.

After analyzing his paintings verbally and in writing we set about making our own Simonsen like artworks in pairs. We started with detailed pencil drawings then selectively added colours from a limited palette.

Detail from one of the paintings in progress by a pair of Year 5 pupils from Gosforth East Middle School in The Sandford Goudie Gallery at The Customs House, South Shields. The session was led by visual artist Elizabeth Kane linked and inspired by Henrik Simonsen’s solo show “Where Wild Things Grow” November 2011.
Detail from one of the paintings in progress by a pair of Year 5 pupils from Gosforth East Middle School in The Sandford Goudie Gallery at The Customs House, South Shields. The session was led by visual artist Elizabeth Kane linked and inspired by Henrik Simonsen’s solo show “Where Wild Things Grow” November 2011.

Taster Session for Children aged 7 to 11 (£5 per participant or £3.50 for families on low incomes)

Taster Session led by artist Elizabeth Kane at The Customs House linked to and inspired by "Where Wild Things Grow" an exhibition by Danish artist Henrik Simonsen
Taster Session led by artist Elizabeth Kane at The Customs House linked to and inspired by "Where Wild Things Grow" an exhibition by Danish artist Henrik Simonsen

All of the group completed their initial outline drawing.

Most of the group added tints and shades of a contrasting colour to the background of their paintings.

Some participants got as far as adding another unexpected colour to the plants they had sketched out.

A number of the children said they were going to go home and try to finish off their artworks. I was extremely pleased at how well the children worked, they were extremely polite, showed good listening skills and worked well as a team.

I can’t wait for more art sessions at The Customs House in January!

Elizabeth K.

Future Sessions

Future sessions based on the forthcoming ‘Materialistics’ show are planned for January.

For more details or to book a place please contact Esen Kaya Curator of Visual Art Tel: 0191 4278199 or Email: esen@customshouse.co.uk

Useful links

The Customs House  is a theatre, cinema and gallery that offers a range of fantastic activities that suit all ages and abilities in South Shields.

Ch-arted  is a new, accessible, exciting and engaging website where you will find a range of free and paid for educational tools, projects, class room activities and much more!

Henrik Simonsen is the artist who inspired these workshop sessions with his solo exhibition “Where Wild Things Grow”. His prints and paintings are available for sale.

Explore further…

If you liked this post you might like my page on “Workshops an Drop-in sessions”because you might like me to plan and deliver a project for your community group, school or business.

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