Anne Ryan

‘Moonfish’

‘Moonfish’ poetry

Playing and having fun with words are core strategies for developing skills of creativity, especially for the very young. Edward Lear and Spike Milligan’s nonsense poetry have always inspired me. From a very early age I was fascinated by the minimalism and efficiency of these author’s poetry accompanied by their simple line drawings. Recently I…

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Artist in Residence (Part B) -Storytelling through mark making

(Part B) -Storytelling through mark making Sharing storytelling and mark making in early years is an exciting way to develop a child’s understanding of the world around them. Collaborative groups with their peers opens conversations and provides an attentive audience. During my recent Artist-in-Residence with the Pre-Prep group at St Peter’s, Loreto Toorak, the children…

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Artist in Residence – ‘Herbaria’ (Part A)

‘Herbaria’ is a nature atelier experience designed for early years children, to inspire curiosity, storytelling, imaginative play and sensory art experiences. During my recent Artist-in-Residence with the 3YO children at St Peter’s, Loreto Toorak, I have been enjoying presenting nature art play experiences through my ‘Herbaria’ workshops.  Inspired by my trip to the Loris Malaguzzi Center…

In the studio

Spending time in the studio is always magic! This short video shows me working on some new illustrations using mixed media. (watercolour, gouache and pencil )

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nature inspired

Natural outdoor spaces are a wealth of inspiration for new ideas. Windows of curiosity can be opened by the most unexpected experiences. Little ‘Tachy’ was very happy to share his day in our company. He wobbled and dawdled around the garden in the morning sun, feasting on lots of tasty treasures. I was so excited…

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Visual thinking and sketchbook fun

Watching  some characters just appear on the page with all their personality and  pre-exsisting back story, can be a mystery even to the artist. It sometimes takes a while to recognise the appeal or potential of a character and that it ‘s  not just another ‘extra’ in the rolling scenes of sketchbook pages. In the…

Improving

Improving drawing skills through play!

Children observe detail and form through self directed play. As they build, create , problem solve and develop storytelling through play experiences, children can develop observational awareness of form. Play is engaging, social, develops language and imagination and is lots of fun. Toys are a great source of reference for observational drawing. These ‘Bionicles’ have…

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Limited Edition prints available

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Creative Drawing Course at Malvern School of Art (children 8 -13)

   Creative Drawing Course ( children 8 – 13) Storytelling and drawing are a fun and natural partnership for children. Narratives emerge naturally when children are given the freedom to relax and engage in creative drawing activities. Oral storytelling and image making can be a vehicle for children to reinforce social connections, explore meaning and develop…

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Artist Journal Making short course

Artist Journal Making…   Last week the  ‘premiere class’ of my Artist Journal Making short course  finished their fourth and final lesson for the term at Malvern School of Art!  The short course ran for 4 consecutive Saturday classes. It was such a thrill to be among like minded ‘creatives’ who were committed to developing…