Who is Paul Priestley?
I started teaching way back in the ’70’s, became a Head of Art at a Grammar School for a number of years, before joining the senior management team of that school. In 2000 I left teaching to explore new pastures, setting up my own arts business to provide art courses and interactive art events, and also found time to develop my own painting.
In 2008 I came up with the idea of running art workshops in school, but I needed something to make my workshops stand out from the crowd. I came up with the idea of running art workshops as a great artist such as Picasso.
I started the day with a re-enactment of the great artist’s life, in which children had parts to play, followed by a drawing workshop in which I showed
children how to draw in the style of the artist. The afternoon started with a painting demonstration where I showed children how to paint like the artist. For the rest of the afternoon children created their own painting, based on their drawings from the morning. They produced wonderful work. I recreated the lives of 12 artist’s in total with workshops to match and by 2016 I could not cope with the demand from schools. I am lucky enough to have my own studio, so the solution to the problem was obvious, to create my recreations of artist’s lives as videos that school’s could rent or purchase.
You can find details of the Great Artist videos here. I also run a YouTube Channel where you’ll find lots of short videos – which are FREE – aimed at children which cover all aspects of drawing and painting and could be used with the Great Artist videos to create a wonderful art day in school.