“An artist is a dreamer
consenting to dream of
the actual world”

George Santayana
Life of Reason 1905


Unlike most subjects studied and practised - art is often glossed over in many schools and colleges as something that is simply fun and completely subjective.

The art of ‘looking’ is so rarely acknowledged in children’s education yet it is key to representation - the feeling that something looks ‘real’ gives a child such a sense of attainment. When students find that they can create the illusion of the 3D on to the 2D surface, they gain so much pleasure and satisfaction.

Learning tricks like perspective, drawing in 3 dimensions or making water look wet is exciting and empowering. So often, it is thought beyond one's grasp. It is not. JOANNA MILLER A true art lesson can benefit the student with enhanced visual memory and observational skills as well as give them the tools to express themselves and their reaction to the world around them. This in turn gives the student a greater understanding of the subject as well as a great sense of achievement and therefore confidence - and often tranquility.

Art is a universal form of communication that can discuss the natural world at an emotional level. Not only does it go beyond cultural, linguistic barriers but it can evoke something indescribable as well as representational.

Whether it is a political cause, an emotion or simply ‘beauty’, art can do it in a few marks. It can be magical but this magic can be informed.

Someone who can draw well has the tool to communicate at an acceptable emotional level.

Painted Pecils