Tag Archives: Halfway CP School

Halfway School Exhibition

Work from the Drawing around our lives project with Halfway County Primary School is now showing in an exhibition of selected work at Llanelly House, which runs until February 2016.


Lead artist Pip Lewis, project Facilitator Cheryl Kitt,  pupils, staff, parents and a representative of the trustees, were joined by the Mayoral Party to celebrate the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday 8 December 2015.

The pupils were excited to see and talk about their work with everyone who came along to the opening.

Drawing around our lives exhibition11

It was a great achievement summed up by the Mayor’s representative, “Wow…Excellent!”

Multimedia Photo Portraits

In our final workshop we finished colouring the background of our first set of black and white photos, and carried on working with emotions and colour to create more multimedia self-portraits.

This week we used larger copies of our photographs, cutting our second poses out and sticking them onto a piece of white paper.

Using three new colours, to reflect the emotions in our poses, we designed our own backgrounds around the photo to create a new portrait.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

We covered our third set of photos with tracing paper and traced around the outline of our poses with a fine-tipped black pen.

It was a bit fiddly but we were pleased with the drawings.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

We are looking forward to sharing a selection of our work at the exhibition in Llanelli House on 8 December and we also hope to use our portraits for an anti-bullying project at school.

Emotions and colour

In our third session we explored colour and emotion.

To warm up we played ‘Consequences’ – folding a piece of card into four sections, and taking it in turns to draw the different sections of imaginary bodies.

At the end of the exercise we unfolded the card to reveal the creatures that we had created together, and gave them names:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Moving on we talked about different emotions and how we can show these emotions through our bodies and faces. We practised posing for different emotions before taking photos of each other in these poses.

The emotions we posed for were sad, hurt, shy, cross, strong, happy, brave and lonely.

After our photos we spoke about the different colours that we associate with certain feelings and thought about the colours that might apply to our photos.

We coloured in black and white copies of one of our photos with three colours that we felt represented the emotions we were showing.

Life size

Week two of the Halfway CP school life drawing project began with a review of the blog post from last week. We read through the post together and listened to the sound recordings.

For this week’s warm-up exercise we sat in pairs opposite each other, and looking closely, made a drawing of the other person’s eyes.

Then we drew our own hands. Some people found it hard and some of us found it easy.

We cleared the tables away and took it in turns to lie down and make a pose on huge sheets of black or white paper that covered the whole floor.

Life drawing21

We took it in turns to draw an outline, choosing either a black pastel on white paper or a white pastel on black paper.

After the break, Pip asked us to think about how we might describe ourselves and what we like doing best  in pictures and then to draw these inside our life-size outlines.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Here we are working on our pictures.

This slideshow is of us lying alongside our completed picture.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Before we left to go back to school, we each chose a different word to describe how we felt about the workshop today.

wonderful, fun, exciting, incredible, happy, brilliant, great fun, good.

Drawing from life

Tuesday November 3rd was the first workshop with a group of students from Halfway CP School, who will be working with artist Pip Lewis over the next four weeks on a project exploring life drawing.


We began with a warm-up exercise practising drawing small objects based only upon the information we could get by touch.

We then took it in turns to pose and experimented with a range of different materials to make life drawings of each other.

We experimented drawing from different angles and perspectives, before trying some new materials…


Using charcoal on white paper we found that smudging our lines was a useful way to add texture to the portraits.


Using chalk on black paper was also a chance to experiment with shading and contrast.

Before returning to school we shared our favourite portraits:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I like using white … because it shows a little bit of the colour and texture that we can bring to the world – Cian