Drawing with Light : Shedding Skins

I devised and ran a series of workshops for adults and young people with the video mixer projection technique method. We focused on using the technology to assist drawing from observation and to learn how to draw movement.

Working with others has always been a vital part of what I do, so I included it in the research process. These workshops have been an invaluable way of testing methods and ideas I have been working with in the studio. I would like to thank all the participants for their courage and patience.

Tilly Draws Spring 2011
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11 year-old Matilda Hayes draws into a video I made of Spring. We join her 10 minutes into the drawing.

Drawing with Light: Bruntcliffe School 2010
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A group of 6th Form students draw with the video projection technology during a three-day residency, at Bruntcliffe School, Morley in Leeds. Musicians from Opera North joined us for the second day when the students drew the music and the musicians.

MidFrame 2011
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In collaboration with Christine Watkins as part of her performance project ‘Tide Tables’, we delivered a one-day workshop for mid-life female creative practitioners.

Meirionnydd Arts Society
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I was invited to deliver a one-day workshop for this group of artists. Many have not used digital technologies before.

International Business Leadership Federation 2011
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A taster session for professionals who were on a Partnership Brokering training course. The participants have little or no experience of drawing.

In Conversation 2011
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Two artist friends discuss drawing with digital technologies at my studio.

Interactive Drawing 2011
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Collaboration experiment between Wales Video Network, Ysgol Y Moelwyn in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Ysgol Gyfan Gwyr in Swansea and Maria Hayes. Workshops to see if live projection drawing works using video conferencing technology with smart boards.

Olivia Demos the Podium 2010
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The loan of a Smart Podium from the Information Technology Department of Aberystwyth University allowed me to experiment with drawing directly onto a screen. My neighbour’s granddaughter, 10-year-old Olivia called in and gave me a confident demonstration of its capacities, even though she had never used one before. All UK primary schools have Smart boards and the software is similar, so her skills were transferable. She doodled impressively and was clearly stimulated by the digital effects. When I asked her to try an observational drawing on the Podium she became focused and quiet and drew in a sensitive and responsive manner.

Drawing with Light

Criw Celf is an art club to enable young people age 7 – 12 from Gwynedd to participate in artist-led workshops. The participants were excited by the technology and enjoyed the performative aspects of drawing with light.

Criw Celf I 2009
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Criw Celf ii 2010
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Criw Celf iii 2010