Throughout my art practice, there also runs a strong thread of art making with children and youth. I began to work with kids when I was still in art school, and I have pretty much continued ever since. In all my teaching, I think of myself as a guide who is there to suggest and encourage; to introduce a new material, an idea, a process, and together we see what happens... This would be how I feel about my teaching for all ages: from 7 to 70.
I am always refreshed by the energy and innovation of children and the discoveries they make. As an artist, one is always trying to achieve their state of perfect play; a space where you are uninhibited and totally lost in the moment. I take this to my own art practice.
In working with older children, I have observed their strong interest and desire to develop their drawing skills and expand their art experience. The Drawing Explorations class is meant to offer drawing fundamentals to kids 10-12, in a fun and innovative program; to take their art to the next level. Drawing is the foundation for so much in visual arts, and it builds confidence and a deeper appreciation and understanding of the way art works.
Donnely Smallwood teaches the Drawing Explorations course for 10-12 year olds, as well as courses for adults, including Collage and Assemblage, Installation, and Introduction to Drawing.