I have created Pencil-led workshops as a way to share my love for creativity in hope to support and encourage people from all walks of life to embrace their creative side. I truly believe being creative is not always about making things, it can be the way people think, problem solve or see the world, it is not exclusive to the arts.
Pencil-Led workshops is about letting the pencil lead the way, travelling over the paper, letting go of preconceived notions of what art should be, what something should look like and allowing the pencil to tell the narrative of what art is to you. Hence the name, Pencil Led Workshops.
As a illustrator I like to focus my work on areas that I am very passionate about and Dyslexia is one of these areas. I am myself Dyslexic and feel that it adds to my creative work, and I am happy and proud to say I am Dyslexic.
I have created the art group for children 8-14 to allow a platform to express how they feel about their Dyslexia where words can sometimes not be enough to communicate how they feel.
The group is focused on the positive aspects of Dyslexia, its creative nature and how this allows for a different way of thinking that brings strength and versatility. The children will create artwork over 4 mornings, reflecting on what their Dyslexia means to them.
Children may choose to create a design, draw a comic or write and illustrate a story, it is about allowing the children to embrace their Dyslexia and let their imaginations run free with creative ideas and thoughts.
The group will be a maximum of 6 children, giving time and space for each child to have time to work individually, as part of the group, and reflect on their shared experiences of being identified as Dyslexic.
The aim of the group is to create a positive experience related to their Dyslexia.
The group will be run by myself. I will bring my experience as a Art Therapist, where I have worked for over 10 years with children and young people in a variety of settings (please see below for Linkedin to view my experience), my own understanding of my Dyslexia, and how I use it to aid me in my work as a Illustrator.
If you wish to know more about my journey with my Dyslexia please follow the link below to a presentation I did for Dyslexia Scotland. https://vimeo.com/303034122
Please note this is not a therapeutic group, I am running it as a Illustrator not as an Art Therapist.
If you wish to know any further information please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org