Paint Putney Bank!

Well we were blessed with the weather! None of the workshops had to be rained off – and I could even add an extra sessions to the original schedule. We met on Putney river bank, and looked at various ways of framing the landscape, then we sketched the busy boats, birds and people moving in front of us. Luckily there were some less mobile elements too. But how to give a sense of perspective? Were the flowers beside us really bigger than the distant buildings of Hammersmith? We then explored how many colours the Thames could reflect, using only watercolours of course. Afterwards, I received this lovely message from a mum whose daughter had taken part for the first time: “Thank you so much for Saturday. Nicole truly enjoyed the painting experience at the river and came back very inspired”.


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Pump House Gallery

P1040056“Be an explorer” was my motto of the day and “be open minded!” as this tour of the Pump House Gallery was a demanding exploration of contemporary art at its “edgy”est. A  bare room, where a sound installation – perhaps even a sculpture – invites you to dream in low frequencies? Magnets in the hands of the children and Magnetic North disappearing… We all loved discovering the spiky forms and invisible forces of magnetism and induced electrical current around tubes of copper. Thanks to all the curious children who came with me on the journey. What a wonderful reason to come and discover the Pump House Gallery and its free international contemporary exhibitions (Battersea Park).


Tours for children

Saturday 9th May 2015 at 1.30 pm and 2.45 pm

Art, Science and Learning: Three Branches of the Same Tree 

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This new exhibition at the Pump House Gallery was designed with children in mind! Using school curricula of science and art, contemporary young artists have collaborated with scientists to explore light, magnetism and sound. (They had Key Stage Two of Primary School in mind, but my tour will keep your younger ones age 5 onwards engaged as well!)

The exhibition playfully encourages children to inquire into the wonders and physical phenomena of the world around them – the vibration of sound, a view of the clouds from above, the strange patterns of magnetism.PUmphouse invite banner

The tour will last an hour, including interactive activities. Set in the Pump House Gallery, a Grade I listed Victorian water tower, it is a beautiful thing in and of itself. Why not combine it with a picnic and a walk through the park?

To sign up (please indicate which of the two sessions you are able to attend, or if no preference) or for more information please contact me on


Other tours also available on request:

Paintings that Might Never Have Made It!

Some of the National Gallery’s greatest treasures nearly never made it to the present day. Due to war, bad conservation, or because the artist was just too far ahead of his / her time, some of these masterpieces might have been lost. Stand in front of a great masterpiece and consider how much poorer the world would be without it – then discover how it was saved!


I Spy Animals in Art

CHEETAHAnimals, real and fantastic, play an enormous part in art. Artists depict the natural beauty, majesty, and character of pets, livestock, and the wild with great love and acuity. Animals acquire symbolic, secret associations. They transform into creatures of myth. They hide on the canvas, camouflaged in brush strokes, changing form before your eyes. I Spy Animals in Art is a joyful lesson in rereading some of the most famous paintings at the National Gallery.