During lockdowns in Denmark I started to follow pages of several art schools.
Online art school
One of them was Art enthusiasts London (don’t even ask me, how I found them, I guess, thanks facebook, that knows by preferences 😉
But then one online event really caught my eyes.
It was ”Portrait of Queen Elizabeth in oil pastels”.
After the event it was decided to make a gift to Queen Elizabeth and to send her portrait they made together. Children could email their works, so collage will be part of the Christmas wishes to Her Majesty.
It sounded like a brilliant idea, and I just needed to learn more.
I contacted Art Enthusiasts, and to my relief Anastasia agreed for an interview.
It is always fun to know the people behind such fun, creative projects.
Paint like Monet
Kinda to be a real ” journalist” I followed one of the online workshop for ”Magpie. Claude Monet – Online Art Webinar for Children – 10 -13 ” (I didn’t have art classes when I was 13, so now, when I am a bit 13+ I felt I have just the right qualification for this course 😉
I didn’t follow live webinar, but it had one week record.
All I needed were paints, paper and 1,5 hour free time.
Of course, I was familiar with Monet (in Aros they even had a special exhibition ”Monet – lost in translation” in 2015 with artworks by different artists – impressionists), but I learned anyway some new details about his artwork from Anastasia’s presentation.
I enjoyed learning some new techniques to paint snow and shadows.
Anastasia had also two – way communication with young artists, who shared their process on the way.
Here is mine result, well, maybe it is not Monet level anyway, but I am kinda proud of it anyway. At least the bird looks fine!
Artist Anastasia Belous from Art Enthusiasts London
In new 2021 I ”met” Anastasia Belous on zoom, and the first question she asked me ”don’t you speak Russian?”.
Well, I do, so we switched to Russian, and to my greater surprise, Anastasia isn’t in London at the moment, she is in my hometown Odessa.
It appeared, that Anastasia was born in Kiev, and moved to Great Britain when she was 17 years old, she loves living in London and having access to its many art treasures, but she also visits her home country from time to time to see the family.
With the hard lockdown in Great Britain she decided to stay in Ukraine a bit longer, where there are more mild restrictions.
Anastasia is a professional artist, she graduated from the program Christie’s education (she studied both in London and New York), later she graduated from the University College London with Masters degree in History of art.
3 years ago she started an art school for youth, where they could learn about the great artists and their artistic styles. →→→